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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper | December 22, 2015

2016 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans announced

  Louisville's Brendan McKay is dominant at the dish and at the mound.

The 2016 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans feature a remarkable mix of talented NCAA Division I baseball players across the USA.

The teams, chosen by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, feature five starting pitchers who struck out over 100 batters each last season. RHP Mike Shawaryn of Maryland led all first teamers with 138 strikeouts last season.

Multi-position athlete Brendan McKay of Louisville is projected as the Player of The Year by Collegiate Baseball in 2016. He struck out 117 batters last season while posting a 9-3 record with 4 saves and a 1.77 ERA. As a batter, he hit .308 with 14 doubles, 4 homers and 34 RBI.

The first team closers include Zack Burdi of Louisville and Zach Jackson of Arkansas. The duo combined to post 18 saves and an 11-2 record.

On offense, 3B Will Craig of Wake Forest had the highest batting average of first teamers at .382, and he belted 20 doubles with 13 home runs.

For complete stats of all 2016 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans, CLICK HERE.

The Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans for 2016 include:

FIRST TEAM
RHP Alex Lange (LSU)
RHP Mike Shawaryn (Maryland)
LHP A.J. Puk (Florida)
RHP Logan Shore (Florida)
RHP Kyle Funkhouser (Louisville)
RHP Kevin Hill (South Alabama)
Relief Zack Burdi (Louisville)
Relief Zach Jackson (Arkansas)
C Zack Collins (Miami (Fla.))
1B/P Carmen Benedetti (Michigan)
2B Stefan Trosclair (Louisiana-Lafayette)
3B Will Craig (Wake Forest)
SS Michael Paez (Coastal Carolina)
OF Buddy Reed (Florida)
OF Nick Banks (Texas A&M)
OF Corey Ray (Louisville)
UT Brendan McKay (Louisville)

SECOND TEAM
LHP Justin Sinibaldi (Nicholls St.)
RHP Bryan Young (Missouri St.)
LHP Jared Poche’ (LSU)
RHP Andrew Lantrip (Houston)
RHP Mitchell Traver (Texas Christian)
LHP Luke Gillingham (Navy)
RHP Alec Hansen (Oklahoma)
RHP Connor Jones (Virginia)
RHP Kyle Wright (Vanderbilt)
RHP Robert Tyler (Georgia)
RHP Daulton Jefferies (California)
Relief Ben Bowden (Vanderbilt)
Relief Nolan Blackwood (Memphis)
Relief Ian Hamilton (Washington St.)
Relief Bryan Garcia (Miami (Fla.))
C Chris Okey (Clemson)
C J.J. Schwarz (Florida)
1B Ryan Rippee (S.E. Missouri St.)
1B K.J. Harrison (Oregon St.)
1B Ryan Tinkman (Wichita St.)
2B Nate Mondou (Wake Forest)
3B Bobby Dalbec (Arizona)
SS Colby Woodmansee (Arizona St.)
SS Sheldon Neuse (Oklahoma)
OF Kyle Lewis (Mercer)
OF Bryan Reynolds (Vanderbilt)
OF Heath Quinn (Samford)
UT Corbin Olmstead (North Florida)

THIRD TEAM
RHP Zach Plesac (Ball St.)
LHP Christian Stolo (Nevada)
LHP Jacob Hendren (Illinois St.)
RHP Chris Mathewson (Long Beach St.)
RHP Joseph Camacho (Alabama St.)
RHP Michael Baumann (Jacksonville)
LHP Matt Krook (Oregon)
RHP Cal Quantrill (Stanford)
Relief Mark Ecker (Texas A&M)
Relief Thomas Hackimer (St. John’s)
Relief Dylan Moore (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Relief J.D. Busfield (Loyola Marymount)
Relief Zac Ryan (Georgia Tech.)
Relief Collin Kober (McNeese St.)
C Matt Thaiss (Virginia)
C Andrew Knizner (NC State)
1B Nick Rivera (Florida Gulf Coast)
1B Charley Gould (William & Mary)
1B Collin Carroll (Alcorn St.)
1B Kevin Phillips (East Tennessee St.)
2B Trevor Ezell (Southeast Missouri St.)
2B Tyler Fullerton (Belmont)
2B Mike Garzillo (Lehigh)
3B Carl Stajduhar (New Mexico)
3B Jake Burger (Missouri St.)
3B JaVon Shelby (Kentucky)
3B Nick Senzel (Tennessee)
SS Garrett Hampson (Long Beach St.)
SS Stephen Alemais (Tulane)
SS Danny Sheehan (San Diego St.)
SS C.J. Chatham (Florida Atlantic)
OF Gio Brusa (Pacific)
OF Kyle Nowlin (Eastern Kentucky)
OF Michael Morman (Richmond)
OF Jeren Kendall (Vanderbilt)
UT Cole Hallum (Campbell)

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