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All-American Teams College - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday, Dec. 23, 2002

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICAN BASEBALL TEAMS

TUCSON, Ariz. — The 2003 Louisville Slugger pre-season All-American baseball teams, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features a who’s who of NCAA Division I baseball players.

The pre-season pick as National Player of The Year is 2B Rickie Weeks of Southern University. Many scouts feel he will be the first college player taken in next June's Free Agent Draft. Last season for the Jaguars, he led the nation in four offensive categories (.495 batting average, 96 RBIs which computed to 1.78 per game, 12 triples, .995 slugging percentage) and finished second nationally with 1.63 runs scored per game. It may have been the most impressive offensive year by a player in NCAA Division I history.

For complete statistics on each All-American, purchase the Jan. 3 issue of Collegiate Baseball newspaper. This edition also has NCAA Division I conference rundowns on the projected teams to beat, conference players of the year, and players to watch, plus an in-depth story on top college draft eligible players and a special story on Rickie Weeks.

The three All-American teams include (with partial statistics from last season for first team members):

First Team Pre-Season All-Americans
LHP Justin Simmons, Texas (16-1, 2.52 ERA, 4 CG)
RHP Brad Sullivan, Houston (13-1, 1.82 ERA, 157 K, 49 BB)
RHP Tim Stauffer, Richmond (15-3, 1.54 ERA, 13 CG, 140 K, 34 BB)
RHP Kyle Sleeth, Wake Forest (14-0, 2.97 ERA, 113 K, 41 BB)
LHP Kyle Bakker, Georgia Tech. (13-2, 3.14 ERA, 115 K, 24 BB)
RHP Steven Herce, Rice (13-3, 2.79 ERA, 5 CG, 104 K, 23 BB)
Relief  Huston Street, Texas (14 SV, 0.96 ERA, 49 K, 9 BB)
C  Landon Powell, South Carolina (Great defense, .292, 17 2B, 12 HR, 53 RBI)
C  Tony Richie, Florida St. (Superb defense, .353, 17 2B, 13 HR, 75 RBI)
1B  Vincent Sinisi, Rice (.428, 22 2B, 11 HR, 80 RBI)
2B  Rickie Weeks, Southern (.495, 15 2B, 20 HR, 12 3B, 96 RBI, 10 SB)
3B  Antoin Gray, Southern (.449, 18 2B, 19 HR, 77 RBI)
SS  Stephen Drew, Florida St. (.402, 15 2B, 16 HR, 54 RBI, 13 SB)
OF  Ryan Goleski, Eastern Michigan (.381, 17 2B, 22 HR, 70 RBI)
OF  Vito Chiaravalloti, Richmond (.357, 17 2B, 23 HR, 86 RBI)
OF  Ryan McGraw, Coastal Carolina (.382, 10 2B, 5 HR, 43 RBI, 63 SB)
UT  Michael Aubrey, Tulane (.316, 15 2B, 7 HR, 52 RBI, 8-1 pitching record, 4.45 ERA, 36 K, 18 BB)
 
Second Team Pre-Season All-Americans
RHP Derek DeCarlo, Florida International
LHP Abe Alvarez, Long Beach St.
RHP Bobby Sawicki, S.W. Texas St.
LHP Matt Lynch, Florida St.
RHP Philip Humber, Rice
RHP Justin Verlander, Old Dominion
Relief  Chad Cordero, Cal. St. Fullerton
C  Chris Westervelt, Stetson
C  Ryan Garko, Stanford
1B  Michael Johnson, Clemson
2B  Tim Moss, Texas
3B  Jamie D’Antona, Wake Forest
SS  David Reaver, Richmond
OF  Dustin Majewski, Texas
OF  Matt Murton, Georgia Tech.
OF  Jeff Leise, Nebraska
UT   Wes Whisler, UCLA
 
Third Team Pre-Season All-Americans
LHP Jeremy Sowers, Vanderbilt
RHP Ryan Schroyer, Arizona St.
RHP Jake Tompkins, Louisiana St.
RHP Grant Johnson, Notre Dame
RHP Jeff Watchko, Georgia Tech.
RHP Wes Littleton, Cal. St. Fullerton
LHP Paul Maholm, Mississippi St.
RHP Matt Durkin, San Jose St.
RHP Scooter Michael, N.C. Greensboro
RHP Jered Weaver, Long Beach St.
LHP Scott Lewis, Ohio St.
Relief  Daniel Hodges, Florida St.
Relief  James Russell, Villanova
Relief  David Aardsma, Rice
Relief  George Huguet, Miami (Fla.)
C  Jeremy West, Arizona St.
C  David Castillo, Oral Roberts
C  Brady Burrill, Michigan St.
1B  Kelly Hunt, Bowling Green St.
1B  Bryan Zenchyk, Stetson
1B  Eddie Kim, James Madison
1B  Joey Metropoulos, Southern California
2B  Eric Patterson, Georgia Tech.
3B  Darryl Lawhorn, East Carolina
3B  Conor Jackson, California
3B  Lee Curtis, Coll. of Charleston
3B  Aaron Hill, Louisiana St.
3B  Brian Snyder, Stetson
3B  Kevin Matuszek, Morehead St.
SS  Brian Bixler, Eastern Michigan
SS  Anthony Lunetta, Southern California
OF  Shane Costa, Cal. St. Fullerton
OF  Jeff Barry, Vermont
OF  Sam Fuld, Stanford
OF  Terry Trofholz, Texas Christian
OF  Cary Page, Morehead St.
 

 

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