Yahoo! Sports All-America Team
Every college baseball player wants to leave his mark before embarking on a professional career.
That especially is the case with guys such as Miami’s Yasmani Grandal, Cal State Fullerton’s Christian Colon and Mississippi’s Drew Pomeranz.
All three were first-round selections in last week’s MLB draft. And all three had fabulous junior campaigns this season to earn spots on the Yahoo! Sports All-America team.
Cal State Fullerton and Texas will miss the final College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium, but both are represented well on our All-America team.
The Titans placed three on the team in position players Colon and Gary Brown in addition to two-way star Nick Ramirez. The Longhorns, meanwhile, placed two pitchers on the team in starter Taylor Jungmann and closer Chance Ruffin.
Perhaps the greatest story this season was UCF senior outfielder Chris Duffy. He had an amazing final year for the Knights, hitting .447 with 21 homers and 81 RBIs to earn a spot on the team.
Here is the 2010 Yahoo! Sports All-America team.
C Yasmani Grandal
School: Miami (Fla.)
Cl.: Jr. Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 210
High school: Miami Springs
Grandal finally had the campaign he was looking for, hitting a team-best .401 with 24 doubles, 15 homers and 60 RBIs. He also slugged .721 and had an excellent .527 on-base percentage.
1B Hunter Morris
Cl.: Jr. Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 208
Hometown.: Huntsville, Ala.
High school: Grissom
Morris likely capped off an excellent career with a great campaign that included a .386 batting average, 18 doubles, five triples, 23 homers and 76 RBIs. He also slugged .743 and had a .455 on-base percentage.
2B Zack MacPhee
School: Arizona State
Cl.: So. Ht.: 5-8 Wt.: 172
High school: Sandra Day O’Connor
MacPhee was one of several sparks for the Sun Devils this season. He batted .394 with eight doubles, 14 triples, nine homers and 64 RBIs. MacPhee also had a .679 slugging percentage and a fantastic .491 on-base percentage.
SS Christian Colon
School: Cal State Fullerton
Cl.: Jr. Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 180
Hometown.: Corona, Calif.
High school: Canyon
He started the season on a slow note but finished red hot with a .358 batting average, 18 doubles, two triples, 17 homers and 68 RBIs. Colon also was 13-for-19 in stolen bases and had a .957 fielding percentage.
3B Anthony Rendon
Cl.: So. Ht.: 5-11 Wt.: 180
High school: Lamar
The nation’s premier player, Rendon had an amazing sophomore season. He batted a team-best .394 with 13 doubles, a triple, 26 homers and 85 RBIs. He also slugged .801 and had a great .530 on-base percentage.
OF Gary Brown
School: Cal State Fullerton
Cl.: Jr. Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 185
Hometown.: Diamond Bar, Calif.
High school: Diamond Bar
Brown finished the season injured, but the versatile outfielder had a season to remember by hitting .438 with 20 doubles, eight triples, six homers and 41 RBIs. Brown slugged .695 and had a .485 on-base percentage.
OF Michael Choice
Cl.: Jr. Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 215
Hometown.: Arlington, Texas
High school: Mansfield Timberview
Choice’s stock went through the roof with a great campaign. The versatile outfielder batted .383 with 11 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 59 RBIs. He also slugged .704 and had a great .568 on-base percentage.
OF Chris Duffy
Cl.: Sr. Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 240
Hometown.: Orlando, Fla.
High school: Cypress Creek
What an incredible senior campaign Duffy put together. He batted .447 with 18 doubles, a triple, 21 homers and 81 RBIs. He also slugged .850 and had a fantastic .539 on-base percentage.
DH Zack Cox
Cl.: So. Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 215
Hometown.: Lousiville, Ky.
High school: Pleasure Ridge Park
Cox had some injury issues at times this season, but he had a fabulous campaign. He batted .429 with 14 doubles, a triple, nine homers and 48 RBIs. He also slugged .609 and had a solid .505 on-base percentage.
UT Nick Ramirez
School: Cal State Fullerton
Cl.: So. Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 225
Hometown.: Anaheim, Calif.
High school: Katella
Ramirez was a key part of Fullerton’s success this season. At the plate, he batted .346 with 28 doubles, 16 homers and 75 RBIs. On the mound, he recorded 11 saves and had a 3.50 ERA in 43 2/3 innings.
SP Drew Pomeranz
Cl.: Jr. Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 231
Hometown.: Collierville, Tenn.
High school: Collierville
Pomeranz had a Pitcher of the Year type of campaign for the Rebels. He started 16 games and had a 2.24 ERA in 100 2/3 innings. He struck out 139 and walked 49, and teams hit him at just a .195 clip.
SP Danny Hultzen
Cl.: So. Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 200
Hometown.: Bethesda, Md.
High school: St. Albans
The Cavaliers couldn’t have asked for more from Hultzen this season. The sophomore left-hander made 16 starts and had a 2.78 ERA in 106 2/3 innings. He also struck out 123 and walked 24, and teams hit .193 off him.
SP Chris Sale
School: Florida Gulf Coast
Cl.: Jr. Ht.: 6-6 Wt.: 183
Hometown.: Lakeland, Fla.
High school: Lakeland
Sale is another guy who saw his stock shoot through the roof this season. He started 15 games and had a 2.01 ERA in 103 innings. He also struck out 146 and walked 14 and limited teams to a .218 batting average.
SP Taylor Jungmann
Cl.: So. Ht.: 6-6 Wt.: 195
Hometown.: Temple, Texas
High school: Georgetown
Jungmann was the leader of the nation’s best pitching staff. He started 17 games and had a 2.03 ERA in 120 innings. He also struck out 129 and walked 41 and limited teams to a .209 batting average.
RP Chance Ruffin
Cl.: Jr. Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 185
Hometown.: Austin, Texas
High school: Lake Travis
Ruffin had a fabulous season for the Longhorns. He recorded 14 saves in 37 appearances and had a 1.11 ERA in 64 2/3 innings. He struck out 97 batters and limited teams to a .180 batting average.
RP John Stilson
School: Texas A&M
Cl.: So. Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 195
Hometown.: Texarkana, Texas
High school: Texas
Stilson jumped onto the scene in a big way this season. He recorded 10 saves in 33 appearances and had a 0.80 ERA in 79 innings. He also struck out 114 and walked 23 and limited teams to a .181 average.
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- Texas wins Big 12 title, beating Oklahoma State 6-3
- Riley's grand slam lifts NC State past Virginia 10-2 at ACCs
- Rivera's homer lifts Florida past LSU 2-1 in SEC Tournament
- Maryland reaches Big Ten title game with 4-2 win vs Indiana
- Texas tops Baylor 4-0 to reach Big 12 title game
- NC State beats Miami 5-4 in 12 to earn ACC title game berth
- Florida State beats NC State 6-2 in ACC title game
- Baylor fires longtime baseball coach Steve Smith
- Michigan beats Maryland 4-3, wins Big Ten baseball tourney
- Ohio's Sitz throws first no-hitter in MAC tourney history
- Miami rallies to beat Notre Dame 6-5 at ACC tourney
- Cronenworth leads Michigan past Illinois 5-3
- Dustin Williams leads Oklahoma St to 5-1 win vs Oklahoma
- Kravetz throws shutout, Illinois beats Michigan State 2-0