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All-American Teams College - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Friday, Dec. 19, 2003

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — The 2004 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 6-foot-9, 270-pound RHP Jeff Niemann of Rice University. Many scouts feel he will be the first college player taken in next June's Free Agent Draft. Last season for the Owls, he led the nation with a perfect 17-0 record and posted 156 strikeouts in 137 1/3 innings with only 35 walks. In addition, he had a superb ERA of 1.70 in 22 appearances as opponents hit only .196 against him.

For complete statistics on each All-American, purchase the Jan. 2 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. In addition, this issue features a special story on Niemann and the nation's top home run hitter of last season, 1B Billy Becher of New Mexico St. who hit 32 HRs one year ago.

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

First Team Pre-Season All-Americans
RHP Jeff Niemann, Rice (17-0, 1.70 ERA, 156 K, 35 BB)
RHP Jered Weaver, Long Beach St. (14-4, 1.96 ERA, 144 K, 20 BB)
LHP Jeremy Sowers, Vanderbilt (7-5, 2.50 ERA, 123 K, 29 BB)
RHP Wade Townsend, Rice (11-2, 2.20 ERA, 164 K, 46 BB)
RHP Philip Humber, Rice (11-3, 3.30 ERA, 138 K, 39 BB)
RHP Vern Sterry, North Carolina St. (11-0, 3.25 ERA, 124 K, 39 BB)
Relief Huston Street, Texas (15 SV, 8-1, 1.33 ERA, 69 K, 13 BB)
C Landon Powell, South Carolina (Great defense, .339, 10 HR, 23 2B, 61 RBI)
1B Billy Becher, New Mexico St. (.420, 32 HR, 16 2B, 118 RBI)
2B Steve Sollmann, Notre Dame (.384, 16 2B, 38 SB)
3B Michael Griffin, Baylor (.350, 11 HR, 26 2B, 76 RBI)
SS Dustin Pedroia, Arizona St. (Great defense, .404, 34 2B, 52 RBI)
OF Jeff Larish, Arizona St. (.372, 18 HR, 18 2B, 95 RBI)
OF Jordan Foster, Lamar (.417, 29 2B, 71 RBI)
OF Ryan Patterson, Louisiana St. (.350, 16 HR, 20 2B, 51 RBI)
DH Ryan Gordon, N.C. Greensboro (.416, 20 2B, 50 RBI, 20 SB)
UT Stephen Head, Mississippi (.337, 10 2B, 44 RBI, 13 SV as pitcher, 1.40 ERA)
 
Second Team Pre-Season All-Americans
LHP Glen Perkins, Minnesota
RHP Jason Windsor, Cal. St. Fullerton
RHP Dustin Miller, Cal. St. Fullerton
RHP Chris Niesel, Notre Dame
LHP J.D. Cockroft, Miami (Fla.)
LHP Randy Beam, Florida Atlantic
LHP J.P. Howell, Texas
Relief Will Fenton, Washington
C Jeff Clement, Southern California
1B C.J. Smith, Florida
2B Eric Patterson, Georgia Tech.
3B Neil Sellers, Eastern Kentucky
SS Stephen Drew, Florida St.
OF Jeff Frazier, Rutgers
OF Sam Fuld, Stanford
OF Drew Moffitt, Wichita St.
UT Micah Owings, Georgia Tech.
 
Third Team Pre-Season All-Americans
RHP Chris Lambert, Boston College
RHP Clayton Jerome, Texas Christian
RHP Justin Verlander, Old Dominion
RHP Matt Durkin, San Jose St.
RHP Justin Orenduff, Virginia Commonwealth
RHP Jason Bolinski, Richmond
LHP Brent Carter, Alabama
RHP Michael Rogers, North Carolina St.
RHP Mike Pelfrey, Wichita St.
RHP Steven Carter, Coastal Carolina
LHP Mark Romanczuk, Stanford
Relief Steven Register, Auburn
Relief Ryan Schroyer, San Diego St.
Relief Joey Devine, North Carolina St.
Relief Zane Carlson, Baylor
Relief Joey Charron, Tulane
C Jason Jaramillo, Oklahoma St.
C Aaron Hathaway, Washington
1B Jim Fasano, Richmond
1B Ryan Baty, Kansas
1B Clay Harris, Louisiana St.
1B Rusty Brown, Florida Atlantic
2B Kevin Melillo, South Carolina
2B Tug Hulett, Auburn
3B Eddy Martinez-Esteve, Florida St.
3B Brett Carroll, Middle Tennessee St.
3B Brad McCann, Clemson
SS Ryan Braun, Miami (Fla.)
SS Ranger Wiens, Brigham Young
SS Brent Lillibridge, Washington
OF Joey Prast, San Diego
OF Jeff Fiorentino, Florida Atlantic
OF Ben Harrison, Florida
OF Jeff Van Houten, Arizona
OF Darryl Lawhorn, East Carolina
OF Ryan McGraw, Coastal Carolina
OF Keith Brachold, Marist

 

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