Baron Named First-Team All-American

May 29, 2001

Los Angeles - Brian Baron (Newhall, CA/Hart HS), UCLA's single season batting average record holder, was named a Louisville Slugger First-Team All-American, chosen by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, announced last week.

Baron broke the UCLA single season batting average record in 2001, finishing the season with a .443 batting average, shattering Don Slaught's .428 average set in 1979. He finished the season with 105 hits, good for fifth all-time in a season despite playing just 56 games.

He is a semifinalist for both the Rotary Smith Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, two Player of the Year awards. Last week he earned All-Pac-10 team honors as he led the conference in batting average and hits.

Baron agreed to terms with the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, and was assigned to the Twins' High A team in the Florida State League and will report to Fort Myers, FL on Friday. He was drafted by the Twins in the 46th round of the 2000 draft as a draft and follow player.

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