Nine named Baseball America Preseason All-Americans
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Nine Pac-12 baseball players have been named to the Baseball America Preseason All-America Team. Four players landed on the first team, two made the second team and three were third team selections. The Pac-12's four first team representatives are the most from any conference, and Stanford's three first-teamers are the most from any school.
Catcher Andrew Knapp of California joined first baseman Brian Ragira, outfielder Austin Wilson and pitcher Mark Appel of Stanford on the first team, while outfielder Michael Conforto of Oregon State and pitcher Trevor Williams of Arizona State were second team selections. Appel, the only repeat first-teamer from last year's preseason team, was the on unanimous selection in the scouting director balloting. He went 10-2 with a 2.56 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 30 walks in 2012. UCLA pitcher Adam Plutko, Arizona outfielder/infielder Johhny Field and Washington State outfielder Jason Monda garnered third team consideration. Field, who occupies the designated hitter slot on the third team, is the reigning Pac-12 batting champion (.370 in 2012).
Baseball America annually polls major league scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of team success.
To view a complete list of 2013 Baseball America Preseason All-Americans, visit www.baseballamerica.com.