DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate
Baseball Writers Association 19th annual Division I All-America
baseball squads (first, second and third teams) again features a
cavalcade of the nation’s elite players in 2014.
The balance in the talent on each of these three teams again
indicates the close competition among 302 DI schools for the coveted
eight places in the June 14-25 NCAA World Series starting Saturday
at TD Ameritrade Park.
In fact, the All-America team is represented by 39 different
teams and 17 conferences. There are 23 Division I circuit players
or pitchers of the year on the three units, and 10 standouts who
led their teams to NCAA Super Regionals and/or the ’14 NCAA World
Some of the more notable names among the group are Kentucky P-DH-1B
A.J. Reed, who leads the nation with 23 home runs, added 70 RBIs,
had a 12-2 pitching record, and was among the Southeastern Conference
leaders in as many as nine statistical categories. He is a finalist
for the 2014 Dick Howser Trophy as the NCAA Division I player of
Fellow finalists Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto (.345
average, seven home runs, 56 RBIs), LSU pitcher Aaron Nola (11-1
record, 1.47 earned run average, 134 strikeouts in 116-plus innings
pitched), Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost (led all DI catchers
in batting average at .418 and helped KSU advance to its first Super
Regional), and Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler (12-1, 0.78 ERA,
78 strikeouts) were the top vote recipients in the last of two ballots
cast by the NCBWA membership.
Some of the other stars from the first unit are Tennessee Tech
OF Brandon Thomasson (22 homers), North Florida OF Drew Weeks (A-A
and NCAA topping .430 batting average, Pentecost is second nationally
in BA), and fellow starting pitchers Blake Fox (12-0) of Rice, Casey
Bloomquist (12-2) of Cal Poly and Jace Fry (11-2), among others.
The five starting hurlers on the first squad were a combined
58-6, while the three relief aces, all candidates for Saturday’s
NCBWA Stopper of the Year, registered a composite 60 saves. Louisville’s
Nick Burdi and UC Irvine’s Sam Moore from this group pitched their
respective teams to 2014 CWS berths.
The 2014 All-America team announcement precedes the presentation
of the 28th annual Dick Howser Trophy at a national news conference
Saturday at 10 a.m. (CDT) at TD Ameritrade Park. The NCBWA also
will denote the 2014 DI Coach of the Year and the NCBWA Stopper
of the Year Awards at this conference and will honor longtime NCAA
championships administrator and Di Baseball World Series media coordinator
J.D. Hamilton with the coveted Wilbur Snypp Award for contributions
to college baseball.
The winner's name is inscribed on the permanent trophy, a bronze
bust of Howser permanently displayed at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg,
home of the 2008 American League champion, Tampa Bay Rays. Both
the winner and his school receive a special trophy for keepsakes.
The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser's
death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami,
1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas,
1989; Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990;
Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick,
Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton,
Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J.D. Drew, Florida
State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, Baylor, 1999;
Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, Southern California,
2001; Khalil Greene, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, Southern, 2003;
Jered Weaver, Long Beach State, 2004; Alex Gordon, Nebraska, 2005;
Brad Lincoln, Houston, 2006; David Price, Vanderbilt, 2007; Buster
Posey, Florida State, 2008; Stephen Strasburg, San Diego State,
2009; Anthony Rendon, Rice, 2010, Taylor Jungmann, Texas, 2011,
Mike Zunino, Florida, 2012 and Kris Bryant, San Diego, 2013.
2014 NCBWA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA TEAM
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Second Team: C Kyle Schwarber, Indiana, Jr.;
1B Matt Tellor, Southeast Missouri State, Sr.; 2B
Ryan Seiz, Liberty, Jr.; 3B Dustin DeMuth, Indiana,
Sr.; SS Dylan Bosheers, Tennessee Tech, Jr.; OF
Caleb Adams, UL Lafayette, Jr.; OF Jeff Gardner,
Louisville, Sr.; OF Chase Harris, New Mexico, Sr.;
OF DJ Stewart, Florida State, So.; DH Bryan Soloman,
Eastern Kentucky, Sr.; UT Aaron Brown, Pepperdine,
Jr.; SP Joey DeNato, Indiana, Sr.; SP Brandon Finnegan,
TCU, Jr.; SP Kyle Funkhouser, Louisville, So.; SP
Matt Imhoff, Cal Poly, Jr.; SP Nathan Kirby, Virginia,
So.; SP Preston Morrison, TCU, Jr.; RP Michael Cederoth,
San Diego State, Jr.; RP Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi
State, Jr.; RP Joel Seddon, South Carolina, Jr.
Third Team: C Will Allen, Ole Miss, Sr.;
1B Connor Joe, San Diego, Jr.; 2B Mark Mathias,
Cal Poly, So.; 3B Scott Schaub, Jacksonville, Sr.;
SS Michael Russell, North Carolina, Jr.; OF Auston
Bousfield, Ole Miss, Jr.; OF Casey Jones, Elon,
Jr.; OF Chase Raffield, Georgia State, Sr.; OF Bradley
Zimmer, San Francisco, Jr.; DH Blaise Salter, Michigan
State, Jr.; UT Louie Lechich, San Diego, Sr.; SP
Tyler Davis, Washington, Jr.; SP Thomas Eshelman,
Cal State Fullerton, So.; SP Kyle Freeland, Evansville,
Jr.; SP Andrew Morales, UC Irvine, Jr.; SP Michael
Murray, Florida Gulf Coast, So.; SP Sam Street,
Texas-Pan American, Sr.; RP Riley Ferrell, TCU,
So.; RP Bryan Garcia, Miami, Fr.; RP Ryan Thompson,
Campbell, Jr.; RP Ryan Williams, East Carolina,
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For more information on the NCAA Division I All-America team,
contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director Mike Montoro of West
Virginia University at 304-293-2821.
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