Fuld, Putnam And Mayberry, Jr. Named <i>Baseball America</i> Preseason All-Americans
Jan. 2, 2004
Durham, N.C. - Stanford baseball players Sam Fuld (Sr., OF), Danny Putnam (Jr., OF) and John Mayberry, Jr. (So., 1B) have been named to the 2004 Baseball America Preseason College All-America teams announced Thursday. Fuld and Putnam earned First Team honors, while Mayberry, Jr. was a Second Team selection. Fuld has now been selected on three 2004 Preseason All-American teams (First Team Baseball America, NCBWA; Second Team Collegiate Baseball), while Putnam was also a Third Team NCBWA choice. The preseason All-American honor for Mayberry is the first of his career.
'All three of these players are among the top players in the nation,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'It's nice to continue to see them get the recognition they deserve with their hard work, outstanding performances and excellent potential.'
The Baseball America team is selected in association with scouting directors from Major League Baseball.
Fuld, a two-time All-American in 2001 and 2002, has a chance to break several of Stanford'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. He 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 and all-College World Series honors. In addition, Putnam was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in his career on March 4, 2003.
Mayberry, Jr., a first round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft that did not sign a professional contract, spent most of his rookie campaign in 2003 as Stanford's starting first baseman. He finished his freshman season with a .299 batting average, four homers, 33 RBI and five stolen bases to earn Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball. His season was highlighted by a 16-game hit streak (2/9 - 3/23).
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, ranked No. 6 in the nation in Collegiate Baseball's preseason Division I poll, will open its 2004 campaign by hosting a three-game series versus 2003 CWS participant and preseason No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (Friday-Sunday, January 30-February 1).
Baseball America's 2004 preseason poll is scheduled to be released on Monday, January 5.