Nine Pac-12 baseball players named Freshman All-Americans
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Nine Pac-12 freshmen have been named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team, released by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Wednesday.
Oregon State right-handed pitcher Andrew Moore, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, headlines the class. The second-team Louisville Slugger All-American is 13-1 (ranks second nationally in wins), and his 1.22 ERA and .192 opposing batting average rank second in the league. He has tossed three complete-game shutouts this season, the most by an OSU pitcher in more than a decade. Oregon State's Saturday starter, Moore tallied 61 strikeouts and issued 23 walks in 111.0 innings this season.
Fellow starters Ryan Kellogg of Arizona State and Cole Irvin of Oregon and relievers Ryan Burr of ASU, Garrett Cleavinger of Oregon and James Kaprielian of UCLA join Moore on the team.
Kellogg, a Howser Trophy semifinalist and a second-team Louisville Slugger All-American, went 11-1 with a 3.15 ERA. The lefty struck out 54 batters while issuing 17 walks over 103 innings en route to garnering all-conference laurels. He tossed a no-hitter against Oregon State on March 23.
Irvin, an honorable mention Pac-12 selection, went 12-3 with a 2.48 ERA and posted four complete games. The left-hander fanned 60 batters while walking 22 over 116 innings and helped the Ducks to a school-record 48 wins.
Burr earned honorable mention all-conference praise after posting a 4-2 record and a 2.20 ERA in 2013. The righty struck out 60 batters with 23 walks over 45 innings and boasted a team-low .141 opposing batting average.
Cleavinger posted a 9-0 record and picked up a pair of saves. The lefty carried a team-best 1.24 ERA and struck out 57 batters in 43.2 innings of relief. He allowed just 20 hits in 37 appearances and did not concede a triple or a home run.
Kaprielian has two saves to his credit this season and owns a 1.46 ERA. He has fanned 50 batters with 21 walks over 37 innings. The right-hander has held opposing batters to a .152 average, the lowest figure on the squad for pitchers with at least three innings of work.
Three position players, Mitchell Tolman of Oregon, Kevin Newman of Arizona and RJ Ybarra of Arizona State were also named Freshman All-Americans.
Tolman, a third baseman, hit .315 with nine doubles and 37 RBI while starting 47 games for the Ducks. He slugged .400 and finished the season with a .959 fielding percentage.
Newman, a first team All-Pac-12 performer, hit .336 with six doubles, three triples and 42 RBI while starting all 55 games for the Wildcats. The shortstop stole 11 bases on the year and fielded at a .978 clip.
Ybarra hit .313 with seven doubles five home runs and 22 RBI in 37 games as a utility player for the Sun Devils.