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2015 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
February 2, 2015
DURHAM, N.C.—Preseason No. 1 Vanderbilt, the defending College World Series champion,
also leads the way on Baseball America’s preseason All-America team with three first-team
members. Righthanders Walker Buehler and Carson Fulmer and second baseman Dansby
Swanson—whom the Commodores plan to shift from second to shortstop this spring—were voted
onto the first team.
Baseball America annually polls major league organizations’ scouting departments to vote on
the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the
past, the preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of
team success. For example, nine members of the 2014 preseason first-team became first-round draft
picks last June, as did eight second-teamers. Reds first-rounder Nick Howard was the lone college
first-round pick who was not selected as a preseason All-American last year.
Two players repeat as preseason first-teamers: LSU shortstop Alex Bregman, who was listed
last year as a DH, and Cincinnati’s Ian Happ, who has moved from second base to the outfield.
Florida State outfielder D.J. Stewart moves up from a preseason third-teamer in 2014 to the first team
in 2015. North Carolina outfielder Skye Bolt, a second-teamer last preseason, was voted onto the
third team for 2015.
Stewart and Bolt are two of five players from the Atlantic Coast Conference voted onto the
preseason first team, tied with the five from the Southeastern Conference.
Because the team is voted on by scouts, BA does not focus solely on Division I players, and
righthander Phil Bickford of College of Southern Nevada, a junior college, was voted onto the second
team. Bickford played at Cal State Fullerton as a freshman before transferring, and was an unsigned
first-round pick in 2013 out of high school.
Contact: John Manuel, (919) 213-7902
johnmanuel@baseballamerica.com
2015 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
As selected by major league scouting directors
2015 Preseason All-America Teams
Major League Baseball scouting directors vote on Baseball America's All-America team, which is then tabulated by the Baseball America staff.
First Team
Pos. Player, School
C
Zack Collins, Miami
1B
Austin Byler, Nevada
2B
Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
SS
Alex Bregman, Louisiana State
3B
Sheldon Neuse, Oklahoma
OF
D.J. Stewart, Florida State
OF
Ian Happ, Cincinnati
OF
Gio Brusa, Pacific
UT
A.J. Puk, lhp/1b, Florida
Pos. Player, School
SP
Nathan Kirby, lhp, Virginia
SP
Carson Fulmer, rhp, Vanderbilt
SP
Michael Matuella, rhp, Duke
SP
Kyle Funkhouser, rhp, Louisville
SP
Walker Buehler, rhp, Vanderbilt
RP
Riley Ferrell, rhp, Texas Christian
UT
A.J. Puk, lhp/1b, Florida
SECOND TEAM
Pos. Player, School
C
Taylor Ward, Fresno State
1B
David Thompson, Miami
2B
Mark Mathias, Cal Poly
SS
Richie Martin, Florida
3B
Travis Maezes, Michigan
OF
Chris Shaw, Boston College
OF
Christin Stewart, Tennessee
OF
Joe McCarthy, Virginia
UT
Jacob Cronenworth, rhp/1b, Michigan
Pos. Player, School
SP
James Kaprielian, rhp, UCLA
SP
Jake Lemoine, rhp, Houston
SP
*Phil Bickford, rhp, JC of Southern Nevada
RP
Dillon Tate, rhp, UC Santa Barbara
UT
Jacob Cronenworth, rhp/1b, Michigan
* Transferred from Cal State Fullerton
THIRD TEAM
Pos. Player, School
C
Chris Okey, Clemson
1B
Sikes Orvis, Mississippi
2B
Scott Kingery, Arizona
SS
Blake Trahan, Louisiana-Lafayette
3B
Edwin Rios, Florida International
OF
Tate Matheny, Missouri State
OF
Steven Duggar, Clemson
OF
Skye Bolt, North Carolina
UT
Alex Destino, lhp/dh, South Carolina
Pos. Player, Team
SP
Kyle Cody, rhp, Kentucky
SP
Thomas Eshelman, rhp, CS Fullerton
SP
Cal Quantrill, rhp, Stanford
SP
Brett Lilek, lhp, Arizona State
RP
Tyler Jay, lhp, Illinois
UT
Alex Destino, lhp/dh, South Carolina
Class
So.
Sr.
Jr.
Jr.
So.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
So.
Class
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
So.
B-T
L-R
L-R
R-R
R-R
R-R
L-R
B-R
B-R
L-L
B-T
L-L
R-R
R-R
R-R
R-R
R-R
L-L
Ht.
6-3
6-3
6-0
6-0
6-0
6-0
6-0
6-3
6-7
Ht.
6-2
5-11
6-6
6-3
6-2
6-1
6-7
Wt.
220
225
190
190
195
230
205
220
225
Wt.
185
195
220
225
175
200
225
AVG
.298
.326
.333
.316
.304
.351
.320
.257
.222
W
9
7
1
13
12
3
5
OBP
.427
.420
.411
.397
.369
.472
.443
.322
.319
L
3
1
3
3
2
1
2
SLG
.556
.624
.475
.455
.521
.557
.497
.406
.270
ERA
2.06
1.98
2.78
1.94
2.64
0.79
3.19
AB
205
221
282
244
240
194
171
202
63
G
18
26
11
18
19
31
20
R
32
51
63
35
43
45
32
30
4
SV
0
10
0
0
0
15
1
H
61
72
94
77
73
68
55
52
14
IP
113
91
58
120
102
45
42
HR
11
14
3
6
7
7
5
3
0
H
68
61
40
85
85
20
33
RBI
54
47
34
47
47
50
27
40
6
BB
33
41
15
65
31
14
18
SB
0
7
22
12
7
4
19
1
0
SO
112
95
69
122
111
70
46
Class
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Class
Jr.
Jr.
So.
Jr.
Jr.
B-T
R-R
R-R
R-R
R-R
L-R
L-R
L-R
L-L
L-R
B-T
R-R
R-R
R-R
R-R
L-R
Ht.
6-2
6-2
6-0
6-0
6-0
6-3
6-0
6-3
6-1
Ht.
6-4
6-5
6-4
6-2
6-1
Wt.
190
220
200
185
188
248
205
215
167
Wt.
200
220
205
185
167
AVG
.320
.278
.386
.265
.302
.329
.330
.301
.268
W
7
6
6
2
2
OBP
.395
.368
.455
.354
.413
.393
.386
.417
.391
L
6
8
3
1
3
SLG
.438
.352
.490
.337
.459
.502
.541
.449
.366
ERA
2.29
2.87
2.13
1.45
1.75
AB
219
108
210
249
222
207
218
256
205
G
15
17
20
28
18
R
29
15
48
49
47
25
45
55
41
SV
0
0
0
12
12
H
70
30
81
66
67
68
72
77
55
IP
106
107
76
43
26
HR
6
0
2
1
3
6
5
6
2
H
76
98
66
32
21
RBI
41
15
39
27
21
45
39
49
28
BB
35
29
13
17
13
SB
3
0
12
18
19
1
7
11
19
SO
108
87
74
46
27
Class
So.
Sr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Fr.
Class
Jr.
Jr.
So.
Jr.
Jr.
Fr.
B-T
R-R
L-R
R-R
R-R
L-R
R-R
L-R
B-R
L-R
B-T
R-R
R-R
L-R
L-L
L-L
L-R
Ht.
6-0
6-2
5-10
5-9
6-3
6-0
6-2
6-2
6-2
Ht.
6-7
6-3
6-3
6-4
6-1
6-2
Wt.
183
225
175
180
202
185
195
175
215
Wt.
245
210
185
194
175
215
AVG
.248
.294
.354
.355
.296
.330
.294
.257
OBP SLG AB
.311 .350 226
.397 .540 235
.456 .467 195
.455 .465 256
.341 .400 230
.421 .528 218
.368 .378 238
.373 .353 218
First college season
L
ERA G
0
2.84 18
3
1.89 16
5
2.68 18
5
2.68 16
1
1.94 23
First college season
R
27
40
41
58
30
42
45
40
H
56
69
69
91
68
72
70
56
HR
4
14
1
4
2
10
1
4
RBI
41
53
26
49
38
37
36
32
SB
3
1
19
15
3
7
25
11
SV
5
0
0
1
10
IP
38
124
111
84
42
H
36
100
90
59
28
BB
13
26
34
39
13
SO
20
99
98
79
47
W
4
8
7
4
4