Twelve Pac-10 Players Named to 2011 Baseball America Preseason All-America Teams
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Twelve Pac-10 players have been named to the 2011 Baseball America Preseason All-America teams announced Friday. Three players were named to the first team, six were second team selections and three made the third team. ARIZONA STATE led the way with four honorees, followed by STANFORD with three and UCLA with two. OREGON, OREGON STATE and USC each had one player named.
STANFORD sophomore shortstop Kenny Diekroeger, UCLA junior right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and USC junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa were named to the first team. Diekroeger, last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, became only the sixth freshman in Cardinal history to lead the team in hitting. Cole was third in the nation in strikeouts (153) last season. Oropesa earned Baseball America second team All-America honors in 2010.
A trio of Sun Devils were second team selections. Junior second baseman Zack MacPhee, sophomore shortstop Deven Marrero and junior outfielder Johnny Ruettiger represented Arizona State on the team. Oregon State sophomore catcher Andrew Susac, UCLA junior right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer and Stanford sophomore right-handed pitcher Mark Appel were also named to the team. MacPhee was the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a unanimous first team All-American last season. Marrero earned first team Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball. Ruettiger hit .351 last year and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. Susac was named the No. 5 prospect in the Cape Cod League by Baseball America after last summer. Bauer joins his teammate Gerrit Cole as the only returning pitchers in the Conference to earn All-Pac-10 honors the last two years. Appel appeared in 24 games for the Cardinal as a freshman.
ASU junior designated hitter Zach Wilson, Oregon junior left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson and Stanford freshman outfielder Austin Wilson made the third team. Wilson earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition last year. Anderson finished the 2010 season ranked fifth among Pac-10 pitchers with a 2.98 ERA. Wilson is the only freshman on the All-America teams.
The 2011 season begins Friday, February 18. Six Pac-10 teams - ARIZONA, Arizona State, CALIFORNIA, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA - are ranked in Baseball America's Preseason Top 25 Poll.