Six Pac-12 Athletes Named Baseball America Preseason All-Americans
SAN FRANCISCO - Six Pac-12 baseball players have been named to the Baseball America 2016 Preseason All-America Teams, the organization announced today. Two student-athletes were named to the first team, one to the second team and three landed on the third team.
OREGON STATE sophomore first baseman KJ Harrison and ARIZONA junior third baseman and starting pitcher Bobby Dalbec were the Conference's two representatives on the first team. Harrison was named the 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was named a Baseball America Freshman All-American. Dalbec, a 2015 Baseball America second team All-American, led the Pac-12 in home runs in 2015 with 15 on the season. He was a first-team All-Pac-12 honoree and was named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team as well.
The lone second-team honoree was CALIFORNIA junior starting pitcher Daulton Jefferies, a 2015 first-team All-Pac-12 honoree and a 2016 preseason All-American by multiple publications.
ARIZONA STATE junior shortstop Colby Woodmansee was a third team honoree along with two Stanford Cardinal players. Woodmansee registered 24 multi-hit games during the 2015 season and earned first-team All-Pac-12 accolades. Stanford junior pitcher Cal Quantrill had his 2015 season cut short due to injury, but he recorded a 2-0 record with 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings pitched. Quantrill's teammate Tommy Edman, the Cardinal's second baseman, led the team in RBI (29) and doubles (13) for the 2015 campaign. He was the only player to start all 56 games for the Cardinal and was also the team leader in multi-hit games with 22.
With 28 College World Series National Titles including four of the last ten, the Pac-12 looks to continue its dominance in the ranks of collegiate baseball in 2016. Pac-12 Baseball has enjoyed unprecedented exposure thanks to the Pac-12 Network which will air 101 games in 2016. Above all, the Pac-12 Network has provided the opportunity to showcase the exceptional talent Pac-12 Baseball has to offer and allowed the student-athletes to get the national and widespread exposure and attention they deserve.
To view a complete list of the 2016 Baseball American Preseason All-Americans, click here.