College Baseball: 2011 Preseason Freshman All-American Team

Predicting a Freshman All-American team is about as premature as a Mock Draft at this point in the year but hey, they’re fun. I’m really excited about this year’s freshman class, thanks in large part to the two unsigned first round picks (Karsten Whitson and Dylan Covey). Austin Wilson was also a clear first round talent who slid for signability reasons due to his strong college commitment.

What I find most interesting about this class is the impact that each newcomer will play on Omaha contending teams. Whitson could end the season as the Friday starter on the #1 team in the nation. There are three Stanford Cardinal on my list, and they came in at #9 on my Preseason Top 25. UCLA is a consensus top 5 team and they’ll likely have Adam Plutko in the anchor leg of the weekend rotation behind near certain first rounders Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, while Pat Valaika (brother of Reds prospect Chris) will play a crucial up the middle role.

Position

Player

Class

School

Height

Weight

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Karsten Whitson

FR

Florida

6’4″

215

SD ’10 (1)

RHP

Dylan Covey

FR

San Diego

6’2″

200

MIL ’10 (1)

RHP

Ryne Stanek

FR

Arkansas

6’4″

180

SEA ’10 (3)

RHP

Kevin Gausman

FR

LSU

6’4″

185

LAD ’10 (6)

RHP

A.J. Vanegas

FR

Stanford

6’3″

200

SD ’10 (7)

RHP

Adam Plutko

FR

UCLA

6’3″

190

HOU ’10 (6)

UTL

DeAndre Smelter

FR

Georgia Tech

6’3″

225

MIN ’10 (14)

Position

Player

Class

School

Height

Weight

Last Drafted (Round)

C

Stefan Sabol

FR

Oregon

6’2″

210

ATL ’10 (17)

1B

Kris Bryant

FR

San Diego

6’5″

215

TOR ’10 (18)

2B

Zach Alvord

FR

Auburn

6’0″

175

ATL ’10 (18)

SS

Pat Valaika

FR

UCLA

5’11”

195

STL ’10 (24)

3B

Brian Ragira

FR

Stanford

6’2″

205

TEX ’10 (30)

OF

Austin Wilson

FR

Stanford

6’4″

235

STL ’10 (12)

OF

Michael Lorenzen

FR

Cal State Fullerton

6’3″

180

TB ’10 (7)

OF

Krey Bratsen

FR

Texas A&M

6’0″

160

OAK ’10 (45)

DH

Dominic Ficociello

FR

Arkansas

6’4″

185

DET ’10 (23)

UTL

DeAndre Smelter

FR

Georgia Tech

6’3″

225

MIN ’10 (14)


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