Twelve Pac-12 baseball players named Louisville Slugger preseason All-Americans
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — A dozen Pac-12 baseball players have been named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Team, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced Friday. Five players were selected to the first team, three were named to the second team and four landed on the third team. Of the seven pitchers on the first team, four hail from Pac-12 schools, and the Conference's five first team selections overall were the most of any conference. Stanford led all Conference schools with four All-Americans.
Outfielder Michael Conforto of Oregon State and pitchers Mark Appel of Stanford, Trevor Williams of Arizona State, Adam Plutko of UCLA and Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon garnered first team consideration, while Arizona's Konner Wade (RHP) and Johnny Field (OF) and Stanford's Austin Wilson (OF) earned second team acclaim. Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler and Arizona catcher Riley Moore joined a pair of Cardinal infielders, first baseman Brian Ragira and third baseman Alex Blandino, on the third team.
Conforto, who is one of just three sophomores on the first team, led the league in home runs (13) and RBI (76) and batted .349 in 2012 en route to being named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Appel, a first team All-Pac-12 performer in 2012, went 10-2 with a 2.56 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 30 walks. He pitched at least seven innings in 14 of 16 starts and tossed five complete games, earning a first team Louisville Slugger All-America nod from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in 2012.
Williams, a first team All-Pac-12 performer in 2012, posted a 12-2 record and finished the season with a conference-low 2.05 ERA among qualified starting pitchers. He struck out 59 batters and walked 13, earning second team Louisville Slugger All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper a season ago.
Plutko, a two-time all-conference honoree, went 12-3 with a 2.48 ERA with 99 strikeouts and 47 walks in 2012. He tied for second in the Pac-12 in wins (12) and third in opposing batting average (.215) and ranked fourth in strikeouts (99) in 2012.
Sherfy, the Pac-12 leader in saves (19) in 2012, struck out 93 batters in 61.1 innings, earning a first team all-conference nod and third team Louisville Slugger All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Conforto, Appel, Plutko and Sherfy earned similar preseason All-America praise from the NCBWA, which named the quartet to its first team last week. Williams was a second team selection by the NCBWA.
To view a complete list of 2013 Louisville Slugger All Americans, visit www.baseballnews.com.
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