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

TUCSON, Ariz. — The 2012 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 projected National Player of The Year is catcher Mike Zunino of the University of Florida. He is a terrific defensive player who hit .371 with 19 homers, 23 doubles and 67 RBI last season for the Gators. Zunino is expected to be a first round pick next spring in the Free Agent Draft.

The three All-American teams include:

FIRST TEAM PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS
LHP Michael Roth, South Carolina (14-3, 1.06 ERA, 112 K, 41 BB in 145 IP)
RHP Matt Price, South Carolina (20 SV, 7-3, 1.83 ERA, 75 K, 20 BB in 59 IP)
LHP Sam Stafford, Texas (6-2, 1.77 ERA, 91 K, 42 BB in 81 1/3 IP) 
RHP Mark Appel, Stanford (6-7, 3.02 ERA, 86 K, 29 BB, 99 mph fastball)
RHP Hudson Randall, Florida (11-3, 2.17 ERA, 73 K, 13 BB in 124 1/3 IP)
RHP Karsten Whitson, Florida (8-1, 2.40 ERA, 92 K, 28 BB in 97 1/3 IP)
Relief Corey Knebel, Texas (19 SV, 3-2, 1.13 ERA, 61 K, 12 BB in 55 2/3 IP)
C Mike Zunino, Florida (.371, 19 HR, 23 2B, 67 RBI, great defense)
1B Adam Brett Walker, Jacksonville (.409, 13 HR, 23 2B, 75 RBI, 14 SB)
2B Ross Heffley, Western Carolina (.419, 11 HR, 18 2B, 65 RBI)
3B Tyler Hannah, Troy (.370, 7 HR, 27 2B, 53 RBI)
SS Deven Marrero, Arizona St. (terrific defense, .315, 2 HR, 14 2B, 20 RBI, 10 SB)
OF Victor Roache, Georgia Southern (.326, 30 HR, 10 2B, 84 RBI)
OF Tyler Naquin, Texas A&M (.381, 2 HR, 23 2B, 7 3B, 44 RBI)
OF Daniel Aldrich, Coll. of Charleston (.347, 22 HR, 17 2B, 73 RBI)
DH William Carmona, Stony Brook (.357, 6 HR, 27 2B, 40 RBI)
UT Brian Johnson, Florida (.307, 11 2B, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 8-3, 3.62 ERA, 72 K, 15 BB)
 
SECOND TEAM PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS
RHP Tyler Ray, Troy
RHP Michael Wacha, Texas A&M
RHP Ross Stripling, Texas A&M
LHP Hoby Milner, Texas
RHP Brady Rodgers, Arizona St.
RHP D.J. Baxendale, Arkansas
RHP Kevin Gausman, Louisiana St.
Relief Michael Schum, Wright St.
Relief Branden Kline, Virginia
C Peter O'Brien, Miami (Fla.)
1B Brad Zebedis, Presbyterian
1B Christian Walker, South Carolina
2B Tony Renda, California
2B Devon Travis, Florida St.
3B Colin Moran, North Carolina
3B Kris Bryant, San Diego
SS Kenny Diekroeger, Stanford
OF Preston Tucker, Florida
OF James Ramsey, Florida St.
OF Michael Ratterree, Rice
UT Austin Maddox, Florida
 
THIRD TEAM PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS
RHP Kurt Schluter, Stetson
RHP Kurt Heyer, Arizona
RHP Adam Plutko, UCLA
RHP Andrew Smith, Charlotte
RHP Chris Beck, Georgia Southern
RHP Eric Whaley, Miami (Fla.)
RHP Buck Farmer, Georgia Tech.
LHP Kent Emanuel, North Carolina
RHP Justin Amlung, Louisville
RHP Kyle Hansen, St. John's
RHP Austin Kubitza, Rice
LHP David Starn, Kent St.
RHP Ty Blach, Creighton
Relief Jake Boyd, Stetson
Relief Michael Morin, North Carolina
Relief Todd Hornsby, Jcksonville St.
Relief Tony Bryant, Oregon St.
Relief Caleb Reed, Mississippi St.
Relief Scott Coffman, New Mexico St.
C Josh Elander, Texas Christian
1B Jake Hibberd, Wright St.
1B D.J. Peterson, New Mexico
1B Casey Kalenkosky, Texas St.
2B Cam Schiller, Oral Roberts
2B Maxx Tissenbaum, Stony Brook
3B Trenton Moses, S.E. Missouri St.
3B Torsten Boss, Michigan St.
SS Bo Cuthbertson, Southern Utah
SS Nolan Fontana, Florida
OF Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt
OF Andrew Rash, Virginia Tech.
OF Shaun Cooper, Utah
OF Jeremy Baltz, St. John's
OF Michael Lorenzen, Cal. St. Fullerton
UT Marco Gonzalez, Gonzaga

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