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2014 PG College All-Americans
Kendall Rogers        
Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. -- It's always important to reward consistency in college baseball, and we feel like we've done that with the release of the 2014 Perfect Game College All-Americans.

The three All-America teams are filled with players who began the season with incredibly high expectations, and of course, those who stepped up when their respective teams needed them the most.

Astonishingly, six players who began the season as Preseason First Team All-Americans finished the year as First Team All-Americans, including Indiana's Kyle Schwarber, North Carolina State's Trea Turner, Oregon State's Michael Conforto, San Francisco's Bradley Zimmer, LSU's Aaron Nola and Louisville's Nick Burdi.

Indiana's Sam Travis and Virginia's Nick Howard were first-team selections in the preseason, and are Second Team All-Americans to end the year.

Overall, Indiana leads all teams with four All-Americans, while Louisiana-Lafayette, Oregon State, Virginia and TCU each have three, with Vanderbilt, San Diego State, Louisville and Ole Miss each coming in with two selections.

Presenting the prestigious Perfect Game All-Americans:

 

Max Pentecost
School: Kennesaw State             
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 190
Hometown.: Winder, Ga.
High school: Winder-Barrow
Pentecost was one of the more versatile players in the country this season, hitting over .400, smacking nine homers and knocked in 61 runs. In addition to his offensive skills, Pentecost was a quality defensive catcher and had elite athleticism.
1B Casey Gillaspie
School: Wichita State           
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 238
Hometown.: Omaha, Neb.          
High school: Millard North
Gillaspie was one of the best pure hitters in college baseball this season. In addition to hitting for a great average, hitting 15 homers and knocking in 50 runs, he finished the season with 30 more walks than strikeouts. Just a terrific overall hitter.
2B Jace Conrad
School: Louisiana-Lafayette            
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 195
Hometown.: Lafayette, La.            
High school: Lafayette
Conrad was truly a do-it-all type of player for the Ragin' Cajuns. In addition to his leadership role, Conrad hit .364 with nine homers and 65 RBIs, was versatile on the base paths and was a steady defender with a fielding percentage of .990.
SS Trea Turner
School: North Carolina State           
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 171
Hometown.: Lake Worth, Fla.
High school: Park Vista
Though the Wolfpack didn't have a great season, the same can't be said for Turner, who was a consistent force for N.C. State. Turner hit for a solid average, showed good power and finished the year 26-for-30 in stolen bases.
3B Dustin DeMuth
School: Indiana             
Cl.: Senior Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 215             
Hometown.: LaPorte, Ind.             
High school: LaPorte
DeMuth was a terrific player during his career with the Hoosiers. He led the club in hitting this season with a .374 batting average, while also tying for the team lead in doubles with 16. DeMuth was a consistent player who helped guide IU.
OF Michael Conforto
School: Oregon State           
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 217             
Hometown.: Woodinville, Wash.
High school: Redmond
Conforto once again established himself as an elite overall player this season. In addition to hitting .345 and displaying good power, he showed great plate discipline with 55 walks. Conforto also flashed an elite arm in the outfield.
OF Caleb Adams
School: Louisiana-Lafayette            
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 185             
Hometown.: Texarkana, Texas
High school: Texas
We really loved the skills that Adams brought to the field each day this season. Adams hit .381 for the Ragin' Cajuns, displayed great power and showed in the NCAA postseason he can execute the small ball game well, too. Adams ended the year with a .502 OBP.
OF Bradley Zimmer
School: San Francisco             
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 205
Hometown.: La Jolla, Calif.
High school: La Jolla
Zimmer's status as an elite prospect was discussed thoroughly throughout the spring, but he also tallied impressive numbers. The ultra-athletic Zimmer finished the spring with 21 stolen bases, led the team in hitting and also hit for some power.
DH Kyle Schwarber
School: Indiana          
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 240           
Hometown.: Middletown, Ohio
High school: Middletown
Just like his sophomore campaign last year, Schwarber was one of the nation's elite pure hitters again this season. He hit .358 with 14 homers and ended the year with an impressive 44 walks. Schwarber capped off a great career in style.
UT A.J. Reed
School: Kentucky         
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 240             
Hometown.: Terre Haute, Ind.
High school: Terre Haute South
Reed was a terrific dual-threat player for the Wildcats this season. In addition to leading the team with 23 homers and 73 RBIs, Reed also led the pitching staff with a 2.09 ERA in 112 innings. Reed was clearly the nation's best overall player.
SP Aaron Nola
School: Louisiana State             
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 196 
Hometown.: Baton Rouge, La.   
High school: Catholic
Nola clearly was the top overall pitcher in college baseball this season. He possesses an electric three-pitch mix and tallied terrific numbers. He had a 1.47 ERA in 116 1/3 innings, along with 134 strikeouts and 27 walks. He held opposing teams to a .172 batting average.
SP Nathan Kirby
School: Virginia            
Cl.: Sophomore Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 185 
Hometown.: Midlothian, Va.
High school: James River
After a typical type of freshman campaign, the talented lefthanded pitcher took a huge step forward as a sophomore, tallying a 1.73 ERA in 104 innings, along with 104 strikeouts and 25 walks. Teams hit the lefty at just a .182 clip this season. Kirby has big-time stuff with a fastball up to 94.
SP Andrew Morales
School: UC Irvine            
Cl.: Senior Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 195 
Hometown.: Covina, Calif.
High school: South Hills
The outstanding righthanded pitcher had a campaign that ended with not only a CWS appearance, but also as a second-round pick to the Cardinals. Morales was Mr. Cool for the Anteaters, tallying a 1.53 ERA in 135 2/3 innings along with 141 strikeouts, 33 walks and a .185 BAA.
SP Kyle Freeland
School: Evansville            
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 170
Hometown.: Denver 
High school: Jefferson
Freeland followed up a very strong summer with an even better spring for the Purple Aces, evolving into one of the nation's elite prospects and pitchers. Freeland had a 1.90 ERA in 99 2/3 innings, along with 128 strikeouts and 13 walks and a .214 BAA. Freeland simply was dominant for UE.
RP Jacob Lindgren
School: Mississippi State            
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 5-11 Wt.: 203
Hometown.: Bay St. Louis, Miss.
High school: St. Stanislaus
Lindgren established himself as one of the most versatile and consistent relievers in the country this season. He had a big-time stuff with an electric fastball and slider combination, while he also had an 0.81 ERA in 26 appearances and 55 1/3 innings pitched, along with 100 strikeouts and just 25 walks.
RP Nick Burdi
School: Louisville            
Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 215 
Hometown.: Downers Grove, Ill.
High school: Downers Grove South
The dominant righthanded pitcher had the nation's premier arm in 2014, having the ability to touch 98-100 on the radar gun, while also tallying impressive numbers. He appeared in 31 games and had a 0.50 ERA in 36 innings, along with 64 strikeouts and 10 walks. Burdi ended the year with 18 saves.


 

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICANS

Pos.

Name

Class

AVG

AB

SLG

OBP

H

R

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB

C Grayson Greiner, South Carolina
Jr. .311 212 .486 .389 66 39 8 50 29 39 0
1B Sam Travis, Indiana Jr. .347 245 .576 .415 85 55 12 58 25 26 8
2B Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt So. .341 261 .494 .419 89 61 3 34 35 46 20
SS Blake Trahan, La.-Lafayette So. .355 256 .465 .455 91 58 4 49 44 37 18
3B Matt Chapman, CS Fullerton Jr. .312 205 .491 .412 64 37 6 48 27 26 6
OF DJ Stewart, Florida State So. .351 194 .557 .472 68 45 7 50 40 30 4
OF Drew Weeks, North Florida Jr. .430 221 .606 .478 95 52 6 38 18 20 10
OF Jordan Luplow, Fresno State Jr. .377 215 .609 .475 81 40 9 48 36 22 10
DH Mike Papi, Virginia Jr. .314 226 .509 .456 71 53 11 55 56 43 7
UT Aaron Brown, Pepperdine Jr. .314 242 .554 .354 76 44 13 49 9 52 5


1.95 ERA 17 G 1 CG 104 SO 115.2 IP .212 AVG




Pos.

Name

Class W L ERA G CG SV  IP HR BB SO AVG
SP Jace Fry, Oregon State Jr. 11 2 1.80 16 4 0 120.1 2 30 98 .196
SP Ben Wetzler, Oregon State Sr. 12 1 0.78 14 4 0 104 1 83 31 .143
SP Sean Newcomb, Hartford Jr. 8 2 1.25 14 1 0 93.1 0 38 106 .162
SP Preston Morrison, TCU Jr. 9 4 1.32 18 5 0 129.2 1 21 95 .197
RP Nick Howard, Virginia Jr. 2 1 2.05 28 0 19 30.2 2 12 51 .185
RP Riley Ferrell, TCU So. 3 1 0.87 30 0 15 41.1 0 13 66 .138






THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICANS


Pos.

Name

Class

AVG

AB

SLG

OBP

H

R

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB

C Will Allen, Mississippi Sr. .341 264 .508 .378 90 42 7 61 15 40 0
1B Connor Joe, San Diego Jr. .367 218 .606 .462 80 59 9 51 32 24 3
2B Mark Mathias, Cal Poly So. .386 210 .490 .455 81 48 2 39 23 18 12
SS Vince Conde, Vanderbilt
Jr. .297 222 .401 .414 66 43 4 48 40 36 13
3B Ty France, San Diego State Jr. .356 233 .498 .450 83 55 5 45 28 25 3
OF Auston Bousfield, Mississippi Jr. .344 279 .487 .390 96 58 6 50 16 25 17
OF Mark Payton, Texas Sr. .320 231 .455 .461 74 33 2 38 56 23 19
OF Michael Katz, William & Mary Jr. .363 240 .646 .445 85 62 14 75 32 43 0
DH Daniel Miles, Tennessee Tech Sr. .380 237 .599 .481 90 67 11 54 39 21 5
UT Louie Lechich, San Diego Sr. .342 225 .542 .396 77 45 7 46 21 50 3


2.51 ERA 13 G 0 SV 50 SO 82.1 IP .265 AVG




Pos.

Name

Class W L ERA G CG SV  IP HR BB SO AVG
SP Brandon Finnegan, TCU Jr. 9 3 2.12 16 1 0 97.2 3 27 129 .202
SP Kyle Funkhouser, Louisville
So. 13 3 1.94 18 0 0 120.1 2 122 65 .201
SP Daniel Gossett, Clemson Jr. 7 2 1.93 15 2 0 107.1 4 30 107 .202
SP Joey DeNato, Indiana Sr. 13 1 1.82 16 0 0 109 4 39 81 .236
RP Brendan McCurry, Oklahoma State Sr. 5 0 0.38 35 0 19 47.1 0 8 54 .178
RP Michael Cederoth, San Diego State Jr. 6 2 2.28 32 0 20 51.1 2 28 55 .205




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