Sunday, January 25, 2009

Recruiting Closer Announces its 2009 Preseason All-American Team

Recruiting Closer has announced its preseason college baseball All-American Teams. The three teams are comprised of the top collegiate players in the country.

University of North Carolina’s Dustin Ackley has been selected as the Recruiting Closer Preseason Player of the Year. Ackley had been named to the second team in each of the last two seasons. He is one of the purest hitters in college baseball. So far he has hit over .400 in each of his 2 seasons and will look to continue that streak in '09.

Steven Strasburg of San Diego State has been named the Recruiting Closer Preseason Pitcher of the year. Strasburg is a devastating right hander whose fastball sits in the mid to upper 90’s and has an overwhelming slider. He is first on most draft boards heading into the season.

First Team:

Starting Pitcher Steven Strasburg San Diego State
Starting Pitcher Chris Hernandez Miami
Starting Pitcher Tim Clubb Missouri State
Starting Pitcher Chance Ruffin Texas
Starting Pitcher Alex White North Carolina
Relief Pitcher Scott Bittle Mississippi
Relief Pitcher Louis Coleman LSU
First Base Dustin Ackley North Carolina
Second Base Brandon Sizemore College of Charleston
Third Base Chris Dominguez Louisville
Shortstop Grant Green USC
Catcher Josh Phegley Indiana
Outfield Blake Dean LSU
Outfield Kyle Jenson St. Mary’s
Outfield Jason Kipnis Arizona State
Utility Cory Harrilchak Elon

Second Team:

Starting Pitchers: Mike Leake Arizona State, Tyler Lyons Oklahoma State, Justin Marks Louisville, Thain Simon Santa Clara, Ben Tootle Jacksonville State, Shane Davis Canisius, Chris Fetter Michigan
Relief Pitchers; Nick Gaudi Pepperdine, A.J. Griffin San Diego, Jason Stoffel Arizona
First Base: Alan Ahmady Fresno State, Rich Poythress Georgia
Second Base: Tom Belza Oklahoma State, Bryce Mendonca Pepperdine
Third Base: Kyle Seager North Carolina, Mike Spina Cincinnati
Shorstop: Ben Soignier Louisiana Monroe, Derek Dietrich Georgia Tech
Catcher: Bryce Massanari Georgia, Ryan Ortiz Oregon State
Outfield: Chad Cregar Western Kentucky, Scot Krieger George Mason, Nate Lape Marshall, Scott Woodward Coastal Carolina
Utility: Brandon May Alabama, Blake Smith California

Third Team:

Starting Pitcher: Danny Bibona UC Irvine, Kyle Gibson Missouri, Matt Harvey North Carolina, Tyler Lockwood TCU, Jesse Simpson College of Charleston, Seth Maness East Carolina, Mike Minor Vanderbilt, Andrew Oliver Oklahoma State, Matt Ridings Western Kentucky, Jerry Sullivan Oral Roberts
Relief Pitcher: Kyle Bellamy Miami, Zach Calhoon UTSA, Chase Dempsey Houston, Eric Pettis UC Irvin, Travis Starling Texas A&M
First Base: Jeremy Cruz Stetson, Rob Lyerly Charlotte
Second Base: Ryan Schimpf LSU,
Third Base: A.J. Wirnsberger Georgia Southern, Tommy Mendonca Fresno State
Shortstop: Ryan Jackson Miami, D.J. LeMahieu LSU
Catcher: Micah Gibbs LSU, Tommy Medica Santa Clara
Outfield: Kyle Conley Washington, Josh Fellhauer Cal St. Fullerton, Ryan Lockwood South Florida, A.J. Pollock Notre Dame, Michael Rockett UTSA
Utility: James Jones Long Island, Clinton McKeever Wichita State
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