Three Stanford Players Earn NCBWA Preseason All-American Honors
Nov. 11, 2003
DENVER, CO - Stanford baseball players Sam Fuld (Sr., OF), Danny Putnam (Jr., OF) and Mark Romanczuk (So., LHP) have been selected to the 2004 NCBWA Preseason All-American teams announced Tuesday. Fuld was named a First Team NBCWA Preseason All-American for the second consecutive year. Putnam and Romanczuk were both Third Team selections and honored on a collegiate All-American team for the first time in their careers. All three players (Fuld - 2001, '02; Putnam - 2003; Romanczuk - 2003) have played summer baseball with Team USA during their collegiate careers.
'All three players are very deserving of this type of recognition,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'They have each had fantastic careers at Stanford to this point, and we will look to them as leaders on our 2004 club.'
Fuld, an All-American in 2001 and 2002, has a chance to break several of the school's career offensive records in his senior season. The three-time All-Pac-10 selection and three-year starter in centerfield for the Cardinal enters the 2004 campaign with a .350 career batting average and 288 hits. Last year, Fuld hit .321 with four homers, 35 RBI and 10 stolen bases, and also earned NCAA All-Regional recognition. Fuld was drafted in the 24th round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft but did not sign a professional baseball contract and ended up having a fantastic summer in the Cape Cod League, hitting .361 and earning All-Cape Cod honors. In his All-American sophomore campaign, Fuld broke Stanford's single-season record and led the Pac-10 with 110 hits, while also pacing the club with a .375 batting average. He hit .357 as a freshman to earn Third Team All-American honors from the NCBWA. Fuld is also one of only two players in Stanford history (along with Ryan Garko) to have been named to the All-College World Series team twice, earning the honor in both 2001 and '02.
Putnam had a breakout year in 2003, hitting .348 with 16 homers and 66 RBI to earn a spot on the All-Pac-10 squad. He also had a huge postseason, pacing the Cardinal with five homers and 21 RBI, while earning NCAA All-Regional honors. In addition, Putnam was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in his career on March 4, 2003.
Romanczuk was 12-2 with a 4.01 ERA in his rookie collegiate campaign, winning his first 12 decisions and earning one of Collegiate Baseball's National Freshman of the Year honors as well as All-Pac-10 recognition. Romanczuk also picked up two complete games and a pair of saves, while striking out 80 batters in 112.1 innings.
Stanford has reached the College World Series for a school-record five consecutive seasons and has been the CWS runner-up in three of the last four years. Last year, the Cardinal finished the campaign with a 51-18 record after extending eventual CWS champion Rice to the final game of the inaugural best-of-three CWS Championship Series and playing in an NCAA record eight CWS contests. Stanford also won the outright Pac-10 title for the first time since 1999.
Stanford will open its 2004 campaign by hosting a three-game series versus 2003 CWS participant Cal State Fullerton (Friday-Sunday, January 30-February 1).