Louisville Slugger All-Americans Announced
• A.J. Reed Chosen National Player Of The Year
The 17-man first team, chosen by performances up to regional playoffs and picked by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features 11 conference players or pitchers of the year, including:
• RHP Aaron Nola, Louisiana St. (Pitcher of Year Southeastern Conference).
• LHP Jace Fry, Oregon St. (Pitcher of Year Pac-12 Conference).
• RHP Andrew Morales, U.C. Irvine (Pitcher of Year Big West).
• LHP Nathan Kirby, Virginia (Co-Pitcher of Year Atlantic Coast Conference).
• LHP Chris Diaz, Miami, Fla. (Co-Pitcher of Year Atlantic Coast Conference).
• C Max Pentecost, Kennesaw St. (Player of Year Atlantic Sun Conference).
• 1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita St. (Player of Year Missouri Valley Conference).
• 2B Jace Conrad, Louisiana-Lafayette (Player of Year Sun Belt Conference).
• OF Michael Conforto, Oregon St. (Player of Year Pac-12 Conference).
• OF Michael Katz, William & Mary (Player of Year Colonial Athletic Association).
• UT A.J. Reed, Kentucky (Player of Year Southeastern Conference).
He leads NCAA Division I players with 23 home runs (more than 193 NCAA schools) and also leads the nation in slugging percentage percentage (.768) and OPS (1.259). He also hit .351 with 17 doubles and 70 RBI. He leads the rugged Southeastern Conference in homers (23), RBI (70), walks (47), wins (11), total bases (162), OPS (1.259), on-base percentage (.491) and slugging percentage (.768).
As a pitcher, he has an 11-2 record and 2.10 ERA. He has wins over Virginia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia.
The first team features one pitcher with 127 strikeouts (LSU’s Aaron Nola) and another who only gave up 45 hits in 95 innings (Ben Wetzler of Oregon St.).
Both closers (Michael Cederoth of San Diego St. and Nick Burdi of Louisville) have fastballs that hit 100 mph.
The first team offense features remarkable power, line drive hitters and speed. Six hitters collected 17 or more doubles led by Michael Katz of William & Mary with 24. Trea Turner of N.C. State has 26 stolen bases on the season to lead first teamers.