Sun Devil Trio Earns All-America Honors From Baseball America

June 12, 2009

DURHAM, N.C. — Three Arizona State players have earned All-America honors from Baseball America, the organization announced today. Juniors Jason Kipnis and Mike Leake earned first team accolades, while junior Josh Spence was selected to the third team.

San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg was named the 2009 Baseball America Player of the Year and North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley lead a group of five repeat members of Baseball America's College All-America team, a year after eight players repeated on the team. Ackley, who earned third-team honors each of the last two years, becomes the first three-time All-American since Florida State's Stephen Drew (2002-04). He is the fourth player to earn All-America honors in three straight years in the last decade, joining California's Xavier Nady (1998-2000), Southern's Rickie Weeks (2001-03) and Drew. 

The other repeat members of the team are Louisville third baseman Chris Dominguez and the Arizona State tandem of Leake and Kipnis, all of whom landed on the first team. The Sun Devils are the only team to place multiple players on the first team, and they tie Florida State with the most All-Americans overall (three).

Fourteen conferences and the independent ranks are represented on the three All-America teams, and 12 conferences landed multiple players on the teams, led by the Atlantic Coast Conference with 11 players. The next closest were the Big Ten and Big East conferences with four All-Americans apiece, followed by the Southeastern, Big 12, Pacific-10, Big West and Sun Belt conferences with three apiece. In another sign of the growing parity in college baseball, the ACC, SEC and Big 12 combined to produce 17 All-Americans, a year after those three leagues placed 24 players on the three teams.

The staff of Baseball America selects the All-America teams after the round of super regional play. For more information on Baseball America magazine, visit www.baseballamerica.com

2009 Baseball America All-America Teams

FIRST TEAM    
NAME Year School
Dustin Ackley Jr. North Carolina
Kyle Bellamy Jr. Miami (Fla.)
Bryce Bentz So. Middle Tennessee State
Stephen Cardullo  Jr.  Florida State 
Louis Coleman  Sr.  Louisiana State 
Chris Dominguez  Jr.  Louisville 
Jason Kipnis  Jr.  Arizona State 
Marc Krauss  Jr.  Ohio 
Mike Leake  Jr.  Arizona Stat
Kent Matthes  Sr.  Alabama 
Derek McCallum  Jr.  Minnesota 
A.J. Morris  Jr.  Kansas State 
Rich Poythress  Jr.  Georgia 
Tony Sanchez  Jr.  Boston College 
Stephen Strasburg  Jr.  San Diego State 

 

SECOND TEAM    
NAME Year School
Eric Arnett Jr. Indiana
Daniel Bibona Jr. UC Irvine
Troy Channing Fr. Saint Mary's
Christian Colon So. Cal State Fullerton
Wade Gaynor Jr. Western Kentucky
Kyle Gibson Jr. Missouri
Mike McGee So. Florida State
Deck McGuire So. Georgia Tech
Jarrett Parker So. Virginia
Addison Reed So. San Diego State
Anthony Rendon Fr. Rice
Chris Sedon Jr. Pittsburgh
Tim Wheeler Jr. Sacramento State
J.T. Wise Sr. Oklahoma

 

THIRD TEAM    
NAME Year School
Ryan Goins Jr. Dallas Baptist
Paul Goldschmidt Jr. Texas State
Jeremy Hazelbaker Jr. Ball State
Danny Hultzen Fr. Virginia
Justin Marks Jr. Louisville
Tom Mendonca Jr. Fresno State
Brian Moran  Jr. North Carolina
Luke Murton Sr. Georgia Tech
Josh Phegley Jr. Indiana
A.J. Pollock Jr. Notre Dame
Daniel Renken So. Cal State Fullerton
Josh Spence Jr. Arizona State
Tyler Townsend Jr. Florida International
Alex Wimmers So. Ohio State
Ryan Wood Sr. East Carolina
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