DALLAS (NCBWA) – Graced by 20-plus standouts
from the NCAA World Series, NCAA Regionals and conference championship
squads, the 19th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers preseason
All-America teams represent the literal cream of the NCAA Division
I crop prior to the start of the 162nd season of intercollegiate
Defending NCAA champ Vanderbilt sports three first teamers and
one second team selection on this "dream" team. 2019 NCAA World
Series Most Outstanding Player Kumar Rocker (12-5 overall, 114 strikeouts
in 99-plus innings) of Vandy heads this foursome along with fellow
first teamers starting pitcher Mason Hickman 9-0. 2.05 ERA) and
relief pitcher Tyler Brown (3-1, 2.19 ERA, 17 saves). Second team
choice for the Commodores is third baseman Austin Martin (.392-10
home runs-46 RBI, 105 hits to lead all standouts).
Defending NCAA runnerup Michigan also had solid representation
on the three groups with first team outfielder Jordan Nwogu (.321-
12 HR- 46 RBI), second team outfielder Jesse Franklin (.262-13 HR-55
RBI) and starting pitcher Jeff Criswell (7-1, 2.72 ERA, 116 strikeouts)
and third team reliever Willie Weiss (2-2, 2.97 ERA, nine saves).
The top unit features such power hitters as first baseman Spencer
Torkelson of Arizona State with 23 home runs, outfielder Heston
Kjerstad of Arkansas with 17 round-trippers and outfielder Chris
Lanzilli of Wake Forest with 16 dingers. The first team starting
pitchers were a composite 61-17 on the hill in 2019 while the four
relief hurlers notched 65 saves – topped by Illinois bullpen ace
Garrett Acton with 19.
There are 20 different conferences are represented along with
12 conference championships teams, 23 NCAA Regional squads, and
12 individuals who were their conference players or pitchers of
the year in '19.
One of the most versatile stars on the first unit is East Carolina's
utility standout Alec Burleson with a .370 batting average, nine
home runs, 61 RBI, a 6-2 pitching record 68 strikeouts in 60-plus
innings, five saves, and a 3.28 earned run average as a first team
All-American Athletic Conference choice last spring.
The 2020 NCBWA first team pitching staff besides Rocker (son
of NFF College Hall of Fame defensive lineman and Outland Trophy
recipient Tracy Rocker of Auburn) and Hickman are top wins' total
starter All-Atlantic Coast Conference Reid Detmers of Louisville
(13-4, 2.78 ERA, 167 whiffs in 113-plus innings), All-Southeastern
Conference moundmen Asa Lacey (8-4, 2.13 ERA, 130 strikeouts in
just under 89 innings) of Texas A&M and Emerson Hancock (8-3,
1.99 ERA, 07 strikeouts in 90-plus innings) and All-Western Athletic
Conference Grand Canyon stalwart Kade Mechals with a 11-1 record,
2.16 ERA and 100 strikeouts in nearly 92 innings. Along with Acton
and Brown, relief stars Gonzaga's Alek Jacob and UCLA's Holden Powell
on the first team combined for 29 saves.
Top squad designated hitter All-Pac-12 Conference slugger Matthew
Dyer of Arizona logged a .393 batting average – tops among the top
11 position players and DH.
Previous NCBWA All-America teams from 1996-2019 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, OF Andrew Benintendi of Arkansas, and 1B-P
Brendan McKay (2017 Dick Howser Trophy) of Louisville, among others.
2020 NCBWA DIVISION I PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
||Adrian Del Castillo
||Oak Creek, Wis.
||Ann Arbor, Mich.
Second Team: C Patrick Bailey, NC State,
Jr.; 1B Tristan Peterson, New Mexico State, Sr.;
1B Aaron Sabato, North Carolina, So.; 2B Nick Gonzales,
New Mexico State, Jr.; SS Parker Upton, Creighton,
Sr.; 3B Austin Martin, Vanderbilt, Jr.; OF Ethan
Wilson, South Alabama, So.; OF Daniel Cabrera, LSU,
Jr.; OF Alerick Soularie, Tennessee, Jr.; OF Jesse
Franklin, Michigan, Jr.; OF Hudson Haskin, Tulane,
So.; DH Shane Muntz, Wake Forest, Jr.; UT Davis
Sharpe, Clemson, So.; SP CJ Van Eyk, Florida State,
Jr.; SP Trenton Denholm, UC Irvine, Jr.; SP Jeff
Criswell, Michigan, Jr.; SP Seth Lonsway, Ohio State,
r-So.; SP John Stankiewicz, Fordham, Jr.; SP Brian
Van Belle, Miami, r-Sr.; RP Redmond Walsh, Tennessee,
r-Jr.; RP Cody Greenhill, Auburn, Jr.; RP Grant
Leonard, Iowa, Sr.; RP Jason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma,
Sr.; RP Nick Wohlbold, UT Martin, Jr.
Third Team: C Hunter Goodman, Memphis, So.;
C Austin Wells, Arizona, So.; 1B Bobby Seymour,
Wake Forest, Jr.; 2B Brian Klein, Texas Tech, Sr.;
SS Jimmy Glowenke, Dallas Baptist, Jr.; SS Trei
Cruz, Rice, Jr.; 3B Justice Bigbie, Western Carolina,
Jr.; OF Tanner Allen, Mississippi State, Jr.; OF
Colton Cowser, Sam Houston State, So.; OF Trevor
Hauver, Arizona State, Jr.; OF Randy Bednar, Maryland,
Jr.; OF Tyler Gentry, Alabama, Jr.; DH Robby Martin,
Florida State, So.; UT Max Meyer, Minnesota, Jr.;
SP Bryce Jarvis, Duke, Jr.; SP JT Ginn, Mississippi
State, So.; SP Cole Henry, LSU, So.; SP Chance Hroch,
New Mexico State, Sr.; SP Hayes Heinecke, Wofford,
So.; SP Doug Nikhazy, Ole Miss, So.; RP Burl Carraway,
Dallas Baptist, Jr.; RP Willie Weiss, Michigan,
So.; RP Thomas Girard, Duke, Jr.; RP Reid McLaughlin,
BYU, So.; RP Carson Spiers, Clemson, Sr.
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of the 2020 Dick Howser Trophy presented by the Game Headwear and
voted upon for 23 seasons by members of the NCBWA.