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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release:
Friday, Dec. 19, 2003
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
- RHP Jeff Niemann, Rice (17-0, 1.70 ERA, 156 K,
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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