Three Sun Devils Earn NCBWA All-America Honors
June 10, 2009
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Several candidates for the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy, including Arizona State junior pitcher Mike Leake, highlight the 14th Annual Pro-Line Athletic National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America Team announced Wednesday. ASU's Jason Kipnis joins Leake on the first team, while junior catcher Carlos Ramirez earned third team accolades.
The 2009 Pro-Line Athletic/NCBWA All-America Team includes eight now-consensus selections, and such Howser Trophy semifinalists as NCAA World Series-bound 1B Dustin Ackley of North Carolina and Arizona State pitcher Mike Leake, along with fellow luminaries pitchers Kyle Bellamy of Miami (Fla.), A.J. Morris of Kansas State, and Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State, and Johnny Bench Award finalist catcher J.T. Wise of Oklahoma.
Among the 57 standouts on the three units, there are student-athletes from 19 different conferences and 17 conference championships teams. The three All-America squads are also made up of 18 conference Player of the Year winners.
Some of the record-setting and nation-leading honorees are NCAA Division I total home run co-leader (28) OF Kent Matthes of Alabama, Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year (in both 2008 and '09) and national wins leader (16-1) Leake, versatile utility player Bryce Brentz (who tops the nation with a .465 batting average and 28 homers) of Middle Tennessee, and Strasburg (national strikeouts' pacesetter with 195 and the first player taken in Tuesday's Major League Baseball draft by the Washington Nationals). Most of the 2009 NCBWA Division I District Players of the Year made one of the three squads.
The three finalists, all among this group, for the 23rd Annual Dick Howser Trophy, as voted upon by NCBWA members and awarded since 1987, will be announced just on Saturday, June 13, in Omaha at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) at the Omaha Press Club at 16th and Dodge Streets (22nd Floor). The Dick Howser Trophy recipient will be named during the inaugural College Baseball Awards Show on July 2 at the United Spirit Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Previous Pro-Line Athletic NCBWA All-America teams from 1996-2008 have featured the likes of OF J.D. Drew of Florida State, P-DH Jason Jennings of Baylor, 1B Mark Teixeira of Georgia Tech, RHP Mark Prior of Southern California, SS Khalil Greene of Clemson, SS-2B Rickie Weeks of Southern and P David Price of Vanderbilt (all current Major Leaguers), among others.
Pro-Line Athletic is in its fifth year as a sponsor of the NCBWA. It produces and distributes plaques for National Hitter and Pitchers of the Week during the regular season and extends its award production to include plaques for each member of the Pro-Line/NCBWA All-America team.
During the Summer of 2006 Pro-Line launched into the custom game clothing business with all products being manufactured in its facility in Fort Worth, Texas. As a part of this transition, the company rebranded from Pro-Line Cap Co. to become Pro-Line Athletic - a full line athletic apparel company offering American Made headwear, workout gear and uniforms.
2009 NCBWA All-America Teams
|Dustin Ackley||Jr.||North Carolina|
|Matt Alexander||Jr.||Air Force|
|Kyle Bellamy||Jr.||Miami (Fla.)|
|Bryce Bentz||So.||Middle Tennesse State|
|Jake Hale||Sr.||Ohio State|
|Jason Kipnis||Jr.||Arizona State|
|Mike Leake||Jr.||Arizona State|
|Deck McGuire||So.||Georgia Tech|
|Tommy Mendonca||Jr.||Fresno State|
|A.J. Morris||Jr.||Kansas State|
|Ben Orloff||Sr.||UC Irvine|
|Addison Reed||So.||San Diego State|
|Stephen Strasburg||Jr.||San Diego State|
|Tyler Townsend||Jr.||Florida International|
|Daniel Bibona||Jr.||UC Irvine|
|Louis Coleman||Sr.||Louisiana State|
|Devon Dageford||Jr.||Louisiana Tech|
|Sean Gilmartin||Fr.||Florida State|
|Chris Henderson||Jr.||George Mason|
|Scott Krieger||Sr.||George Mason|
|Bryan Marquez||Sr.||New Mexico State|
|Matty Ott||So.||Louisiana State|
|Eric Pettis||Jr.||UC Irvine|
|Daniel Renken||So.||Cal State Fullerton|
|Ryan Wood||Sr.||East Carolina|
|David Anderson||Sr.||Coastal Carolina|
|Buddy Baumann||Jr.||Missouri State|
|Daniel Calhoun||Jr.||Murray State|
|Christian Colon||So.||Cal State Fullerton|
|Bo Davis||Sr.||Southern Mississippi|
|Josh Fellhauer||Jr.||Cal State Fullerton|
|Chris Franklin||Jr.||SE Louisiana|
|Ryan Goins||Jr.||Dallas Baptist|
|Jedd Gyorko||So.||West Virginia|
|Kane Holbrooks||Sr.||Texas State|
|Mike McGee||So.||Florida State|
|Carlos Ramirez||Jr.||Arizona State|
|Anthony Ranaudo||So.||Louisiana State|
|Brandon Sizemore||Sr.||College of Charleston|
|Tim Wheeler||Jr.||Sacramento State|
|Alex Wimmers||So.||Ohio State|