Eleven Baseball Players Named 2011 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Eleven Pac-10 baseball players have been named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America teams as chosen by Collegiate Baseball, the newspaper announced on Friday. The Conference placed three players each on the first and second teams and five on the third team. ARIZONA STATE led the way with four honorees, while ARIZONA and UCLA each garnered two selections. OREGON, STANFORD and USC had one apiece.
Arizona State junior second baseman Zack MacPhee and UCLA junior right-handed pitchers Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole were named to the first team. MacPhee, the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year, was a unanimous first team All-American last season. Bauer and Cole are the only two returning pitchers in the Conference who have earned All-Pac-10 honors the last two years.
Arizona junior catcher Jett Bandy, Stanford sophomore shortstop Kenny Diekroeger and USC junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa were second team selections. Bandy started all 58 games for the Wildcats last season, including 51 behind the plate. Diekroeger, last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, became only the sixth freshman in Cardinal history to lead the team in hitting. Oropesa earned Baseball America second team All-America honors in 2010.
Arizona sophomore right-handed pitcher Kurt Heyer, ASU junior left-handed pitcher Mitchell Lambson and Oregon junior left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson were the Pac-10 pitchers named to the third team. Junior third baseman Riccio Torrez and sophomore shortstop Deven Marrero of the Sun Devils were also third team selections. Heyer had one of the best freshman campaigns in Wildcat history and ranked seventh in the Conference with a 3.26 ERA. Lambson finished the season ranked No. 2 among Pac-10 pitchers with a 2.16 ERA while Anderson was fifth (2.98 ERA). Torrez, a third team NCBWA All-American, won the Pac-10 batting crown with his .393 average last season. Marrero earned first team Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball.