Accolades continue for Pac-12 baseball
SAN FRANCISCO-- Post-season accolades were abundant on Thursday, as Baseball America, D1Baseball.com, and the American Baseball Coaches Association all released teams.
Baseball America, which has been naming an All-American team since its inception in 1980 gave the Pac-12 eight All-Americans this season, tied for second-most in the country with the ACC behind only the SEC. Including this year, the Pac-12 has had a first team selection in Baseball America in 32 of the last 35 years.
Two players were on the 2015 first team. Earning a spot was USC catcher Garrett Stubbs, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and as the Durham contingent put it, "the heart and soul of the first Trojans team to get back to the regionals." Scott Kingery, the two-time Pac-12 batting champion and Pac-12 Player of the Year from ARIZONA who hit .392, was also a first-team selection.
The second team listed ARIZONA third baseman and Sunday starter Bobby Dalbec, who hit .319, as well as UCLA shortstop Kevin Kramer and closer David Berg. Berg, who produced an 0.68 ERA with 13 saves, was also the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year. Berg has been a first team selection on four of the five All-America teams so far, while Kingery has been selected three times.
On Baseball America's third team was first round pick and UCLA 10-game winner James Kaprielian, as well as ARIZONA shortstop, Kevin Newman, giving the Wildcats three of its four infielders on one of three All-America teams. OREGON STATE starter Andrew Moore, who had the lowest ERA of any Pac-12 starter (1.91) was also a third team selection.
D1baseball.com, which named its first All-America team this year after transforming itself from a score and standings site to more analysis with writers from Baseball America and Perfect Game, named six All-Americans from the Pac-12.
D1baseball.com noted that Kingery was a part of the "elite middle infields" as the ARIZONA second baseman made the first team and Newman was on the second team. Also on the first team was Berg, who was the "most decorated closer in college baseball history... (as his) unorthodox approach (has) stymied offensive lineups the last four years."
The second team, along with Newman also included Stubbs and Kaprielian. Moore was again a third team selection.
The ABCA released its All-Region team. The Conference has had an All-American on the ABCA teams as far back as 1947 (the Conference had four that year).
The ABCA first team All-Region included Stubbs, the entire Arizona infield from third to second, Dalbec, Newman and Kingery, as well as OREGON STATE outfielder Jeff Hendrix, USC outfielder Bobby Stahel and pitchers Berg, Kaprielian and Moore.
The second team all-region team included OREGON STATE and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year KJ Harrison at first, OREGON third baseman Mitchell Tolman, UCLA shortstop Kevin Kramer, CALIFORNIA designated hitter Chris Paul and ASU pitchers Ryan Kellogg and Ryan Burr.
For the ABCA All-America team announced later in the week, Stubbs, Kingery, Kaprielian and Berg were all on the first team.