DALLAS – With numerous returnees from the 2017 NCBWA postseason All-America teams, the 18th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers preseason All-America squad offers an inside glance at the top NCAA Division I players scheduled to star in the 160th season of intercollegiate baseball.

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There are nine returning first team members, including five pitchers from the June 2017 NCBWA dream team, while the total of 19 returnees from the 2017 postseason squad indicates the depth of star power back for the 2018 campaign. In fact, the composite first team 2018 preseason All-American pitching staff sports a combined record of 58-10 and an impressive overall number of 78 saves by five relief standouts.

Defending NCAA champ Florida has solid representation with first team 2017 All-America relief ace Michael Byrne (1.67 earned run average, 4-5 record, 19 saves in 2017) joining teammates starting pitcher Jackson Kowar (third team, 12-1 last season), second unit starting pitcher Brady Singer (9-5, Southeastern Conference-topping 129 strikeouts) and third team catcher JJ Schwarz (12 home runs, 56 RBI) for head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s Gators.

Twenty-two different conferences are represented, along with 11 conference championships teams, 25 NCAA Regional squads, and 13 individuals who were their conference players or pitchers of the year in ’17.

One of the key returnees and household names is two-time All-America choice and 2016 Dick Howser Trophy recipient Seth Beer of Clemson. The ’16 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year followed up a strong freshman season with 16 homers and 53 RBI for the NCAA-competing Tigers.

On the pre-2018 first unit, power hitting 3B Johnny Aiello of Wake Forest brings back a .328 average, 20 homers and 53 RBI. Also complimenting Aiello on the top squad are Southern Miss outfielder OF Matt Wallner (2017 NCBWA Freshman Hitter of the Year) with 19 dingers, 63 RBI and a .336 batting average. Talented utility player Braden Zarbnisky of West Virginia was a .336 hitter with 12 consecutive stolen bases and a 6-2 relief pitcher with a 2.75 ERA and six saves in 23 appearances for the Mountaineers.

The 2018 NCBWA first team pitching staff is loaded with talented starters and bullpen stalwarts. Besides UF’s relief ace Byrne, starting hurlers Miguel Ausua (11-3) of Oral Roberts, Logan Gilbert (10-0) of Stetson, Steven Gingery (10-1) of Texas Tech, Sean Mooney (8-2) of St. John’s, Jared Janczak (9-2) of TCU and the NCAA World Series’ third place squad in ’17, and Trey Cumbie (10-2) of Houston form a formidable challenge to opposing batsmen. TCU’s Durbin Feltman (17 saves) and Oregon’s Kenyon Yovan (15 saves) bolster a standout corps of first team relief men.

Middle infielders 2B Nick Madrigal of Oregon State with a .380 batting average and 2017 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year SS Braden Shewmake of Texas A&M with a .328 average, 11 homers and 69 RBI in 64 games form a duo with ample offensive output and defensive savvy.

Defending NCAA runnerup LSU, affected hard by 2017 graduation losses and professional signings, still features three third teamers in starting pitcher Zach Hess (7-1, 3.12 ERA) along with OF Antoine Duplantis (.316, 61 RBI, 19-of-23 stolen bases) and OF     Zach Watson (.317, nine homers, 37 RBI). The Tigers have rated as high as No. 2 in several 2018 preseason publication surveys.

Previous NCBWA All-America teams from 1996-2017 also have featured the likes of 3B Kris Bryant of San Diego, P Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State, 1B Mark Teixeira of Georgia Tech, RHP Mark Prior of USC, SS-2B Rickie Weeks of Southern U., 3B Alex Gordon of Nebraska, P David Price of Vanderbilt, C Buster Posey of Florida State, catcher Mike Zunino of Florida, P-1B A.J. Reed of Kentucky; OF Andrew Benintendi of Arkansas, and 1B-P Brendan McKay (2017 Dick Howser Trophy winner) among others.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association’s official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.

First Team offense:














Pos. Name, School, Class Avg. G AB R H 2B/3B/HR RBIs BB SO SB/SBA
C JT Thomas, Mercer, Sr. .357 55 210 49 75 20-0-12 62 23 45 2/4
1B Alfonso Rivas, Arizona, Jr. .371 58 213 54 79 13-0-7 63 39 36 3/7
2B Nick Madrigal, Oregon State, Jr. .380 60 237 53 90 20-2-4 40 27 16 16/20
SS Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M, So. .328 64 274 47 90 18-2-11 69 15 31 11/16
3B Johnny Aiello, Wake Forest, Jr. .328 63 244 57 80 17-0-20 53 25 76 4/5
OF Travis Swaggerty, South Alabama, Jr. .356 58 219 55 78 12-1-11 60 49 45 19/25
OF Tristan Pompey, Kentucky, Jr. .361 66 266 70 96 18-0-10 45 46 56 9/13
OF Jake McCarthy, Virginia, Jr. .338 59 237 57 80 11-7-5 36 26 35 27/29
OF Matt Wallner, Southern Miss, So. .336 66 235 56 79 14-2-19 63 45 50 4/6
DH Logan McRae, College of Charleston, r-Jr. .310 58 216 47 67 12-0-17 63 36 46 0/0
UT Braden Zarbnisky, West Virginia, Jr. .336 46 125 32 42 3-0-1 12 17 25 12/12
  6-2, 2.75ERA, 23APP, 0GS, 0CG, 6SV, 39.1IP, 35H, 14R, 12ER, 21BB, 46K                    

First Team pitching:













Position Name, School Record ERA App GS CG SHO SV IP R
SP Miguel Ausua, Oral Roberts, Sr. 11-3 1.65 16 15 1 1 0 92.2 80
SP Logan Gilbert, Stetson, Jr. 10-0 2.02 15 12 2 1/2 0 89.0 65
SP Steven Gingery, Texas Tech, Jr. 10-1 1.58 15 15 0 0/1 0 91.1 60
SP Sean Mooney, St. John’s, So. 8-2 1.71 16 13 1 1/1 0 100.0 70
SP Jared Janczak, TCU, Jr. 9-2 2.31 15 15 0 0/2 0 93.1 60
SP Trey Cumbie, Houston, Jr. 10-2 2.04 15 4 4 2/1 0 101.1 91
RP Michael Byrne, Florida, Jr. 4-5 1.67 38 3 0 0/4 19 75.2 64
RP Durbin Feltman, TCU, Jr. 2-2 3.64 29 0 0 0/3 17 29.2 23
RP Josh Hiatt, North Carolina, Jr. 4-2 1.90 32 0 0 0/1 13 52.0 31
RP Kenyon Yovan, Oregon, So. 1-1 1.97 22 0 0 0/5 15 32.0 26
RP Nick Sandlin, Southern Miss, Jr. 10-2 2.38 29 0 0 0/3 8 56.2 41

Second Team offense:















Pos. Name, School, Class Avg. G AB R H 2B/3B/HR RBIs BB SO SB/SBA
C Joey Bart, Georgia Tech, Jr. .296 44 186 36 55 13-0-13 43 16 50 4/4
1B Seth Beer, Clemson, Jr. .298 63 218 51 65 17-1-16 53 64 35 2/3
1B Andrew Vaughn, California, So. .349 54 218 36 76 7-1-12 50 19 24 1/3
2B Wade Bailey, Georgia Tech, Sr. .347 55 236 63 82 21-3-6 38 27 30 6/9
SS Jeremy Eierman, Missouri State, Jr. .313 63 243 67 76 15-2-23 68 41 61 17/19
3B Taylor Schwaner, SE Louisiana, Sr. .332 59 211 56 70 15-4-16 72 43 56 17/20
OF D.J. Artis, Liberty, Jr. .359 52 181 58 65 13-2-6 45 62 30 23/26
OF Noah Cummings, Oral Roberts, Jr. .321 59 240 47 77 14-0-15 70 22 51 4/5
OF Jake Mangum, Mississippi State, Jr. .324 65 278 51 90 15-1-0 26 9 35 14/21
OF Brandon Gutzler, Murray State, Sr. .353 58 238 57 84 17-0-16 71 32 51 5/7
DH Kevin Milam, St. Mary’s, So. .313 57 214 45 67 14-0-12 55 23 39 0/1
UT Matt Lloyd, Indiana, Jr. .301 55 193 36 58 16-0-11 46 28 60 1/4
  3-2, 2.23ERA, 20APP, 0GS, 0CG, 9SV, 32.1IP, 28H, 10R, 8ER, 6BB, 20K                    

Second team pitching:














Pos. Name, School, Class Record ERA App GS CG SHO SV  IP R
SP Tyler Holton, Florida State, Jr. 10-3 2.34 18 18 2 1/1 0 119.1 77
SP Sean Hjelle, Kentucky, Jr. 11-4 3.89 18 17 1 1/0 0 108.2 99
SP Casey Mize, Auburn, Jr. 8-2 2.04 13 12 2 0/2 0 83.2 66
SP Patrick Raby, Vanderbilt, Jr. 10-4 2.73 16 16 1 0/1 0 105.1 89
SP Brady Singer, Florida, Jr. 9-5 3.21 20 19 3 0/2 0 126.0 120
SP Konnor Pilkington, Mississippi State, Jr. 8-5 3.08 17 17 1 0/2 0 108.0 76
SP Nick Sprengel, San Diego, Jr. 9-1 3.29 15 14 0 0 0 82.0 77
RP Ross Learnard, Purdue, Sr. 6-0 0.58 27 0 0 0 4 46.1 30
RP Sam Bordner, Louisville, Jr. 2-0 0.41 23 0 0 0/3 3 43.2 16
RP Jake Mulholland, Oregon State, So. 7-1 1.20 28 0 0 0/5 6 52.1 34
RP Beau Ridgeway, Texas, Jr. 2-2 1.89 37 0 0 0/3 12 52.1 35
RP Brett Conine, Cal State Fullerton, Jr. 0-1 1.39 31 7 0 0 15 45.1 35

Third team offense:

















Pos. Name, School, Class Avg. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBIs BB SO SB/SB
C JJ Schwarz, Florida, Sr. .259 69 259 43 67 12-0-12 56 36 60 6/7
C Shea Langeliers, Baylor, So. .313 55 211 43 66 14-2-10 38 24 37 1/4
1B Luken Baker, TCU, Jr. .317 47 161 39 51 8-1-8 41 40 36 2/2
2B Brennon Anderson, BYU, Sr. .346 59 260 71 90 23-1-6 40 32 54 9/10
2B Ako Thomas, Michigan, Jr. .354 47 164 41 58 7-0-0 21 28 19 23/28
SS Tyler Frank, Florida Atlantic, Jr. .336 57 235 54 79 15-0-11 43 41 29 6/10
3B Sam Fragale, Virginia Tech, r-Sr. .310 55 213 43 66 14-3-15 63 21 50 0/0
OF Antoine Duplantis, LSU, Jr. .316 71 285 50 90 14-2-2 61 16 31 19/23
OF Niko Hulsizer, Morehead State, Jr. .349 59 249 69 87 21-2-27 82 27 74 3/4
OF Jackson Lueck, Florida State, Jr. .318 56 211 41 67 11-1-9 54 27 51 6/8
OF Zach Watson, LSU, So. .317 64 221 42 70 9-3-9 37 17 42 12/17
OF Steele Walker, Oklahoma, Jr. .333 59 222 49 74 16-3-8 51 25 39 2/5
DH Aaron Aucker, Middle Tennessee, Sr. .359 41 156 38 56 10-2-10 41 23 34 0/0
UT Luis Alvarado, Nebraska, Sr. .283 57 226 39 64 12-2-2 25 12 38 5/5
  0-0, 1.72ERA, 16AP                    

Third team pitching:













Pos. Name, School, Class Record ERA App GS CG SHO SV IP H R
SP Kris Bubic, Stanford, Jr. 7-6 2.79 15 15 0 0/1 0 90.1 79 34
SP Matt Canterino, Rice, So. 5-2 4.12 17 17 0 0/1 0 96.0 67 54
SP Zach Hess, LSU, So. 7-1 3.12 30 6 0 0/2 4 60.2 39 23
SP Nolan Kingham, Texas, Jr. 10-4 2.84 16 13 2 1/1 0 92.0 80 31
SP Jackson Kowar, Florida, Jr. 12-1 4.08 20 19 0 0 1 108.0 116 59
SP Jon Olson, UCLA, Jr. 7-1 2.86 16 15 0 0/2 0 85.0 61 30
RP Naithen Dewsnap, CSU Bakersfield, Sr. 3-1 2.40 31 0 0 0 14 48.2 39 15
RP Troy Montemayor, Baylor, Sr. 3-1 2.10 25 0 0 0 12 25.2 18 7
RP Alex Padilla, UIC, r-Jr. 2-1 0.45 28 0 0 0/5 10 39.2 27 4
RP Dallas Woolfolk, Ole Miss, Jr. 3-2 2.15 26 0 0 0/2 12 37.2 27 10
RP Chris Rivera, Long Beach State, Jr. 1-2 2.60 26 0 0 0/4 13 34.2 21 11
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