Six Pac-10 Baseball Players Named to Pro-Line Cap/NCBWA All-American Team
June 13, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Six Pac-10 baseball players have been named to the 16th annual Pro-Line Cap/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-American Team, the NCBWA announced today. WASHINGTON's Tim Lincecum was named to the first team, while OREGON STATE's Dallas Buck and Kevin Gunderson and ARIZONA STATE's Eric Sogard earned second team honors. The Beavers' Cole Gillespie and STANFORD's Chris Minaker round out the Conference contingent, after being named to the third team.
Lincecum, a junior from Renton, Wash., accounted for 199 of the combined 610 strikeouts thrown by the first unit. He completed the 2006 regular season with a 1.94 ERA and a 12-4 record. The right-hander threw for a school-record 12 victories, and has set new school marks with 30 career wins, 332 career innings, and 491 career strikeouts, the most by a Pac-10 pitcher in Conference history. Lincecum, who was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year for the second time in three seasons, became the highest drafted player in UW history last week when the San Francisco Giants took him with the 10th overall selection in the MLB Amateur Draft.
Buck, a junior from Newberg, Ore., holds a 12-2 record this season to help pace Oregon State to its first back-to-back College World Series appearances in school history. In 18 starts, Buck has struck out 88 batters and tossed one complete game, while holding a 3.03 ERA. The right-hander was selected in the third round (86th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gunderson, a junior from Portland, Ore., is 2-2 on the year with a 2.34 ERA and is tied for second in the nation with 17 saves. The left-hander holds the school's all-time records for saves in both a season and career and is second on the Conference's list of all-time career saves leader with 34. Gunderson, who was a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, went in the fifth round of the draft to the Atlanta Braves.
Sogard, a sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz., finished the 2006 season as Arizona State's second-leading hitter, batting at a .366 clip (63-for-172) while slugging .657. Sogard's nine home runs this season tie him for first on the team. The second baseman scored 47 runs and batted in 49 during the regular season.
Gillespie, a junior from West Linn, Ore., has scored 77 runs in 2006, the most by any Pac-10 player this season and a new Oregon State single-season record. He leads the Conference with a .695 slugging percentage, a .504 on-base percentage, and 77 RBI, while ranking among the Pac-10 leaders in batting average (.386, second), doubles (23, second), total bases (146, second), home runs (12, tied-third) and stolen bases (15, fourth). A Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree on May 29, Gillespie was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the third round of last week's draft.
Minaker, a senior from Lynwood, Wash., wrapped up his senior season with career-highs in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.364), hits (94), home runs (11), RBI (68), triples (3), total bases (154), slugging percentage (.597) and at bats (258). He also led the Cardinal in doubles (21), four short of his career-high 25 he posted in 2005 . A three-time First Team Pac-10 All-Academic selection, Minaker earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the NCAA Austin Regional and was selected in the 10th round (291st overall) of the draft by the Seattle Mariners.
All six players were All-Conference selections.