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PG All-Americans on campus

Patrick Ebert

Published: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The landscape of the MLB Draft and how it effects the number of players that are drafted out of high school and eventually end up signing was changed significantly the last time the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was updated in 2012. Due to the institution of pre-determined monetary pools each team is assigned, all organizations have to work within those financial parameters without being penalized either by fine or loss of draft picks or both.

Due to that we have witnessed an increase of some of the top high school players opting to honor their college commitments and playing at the college level instead of beginning their professional career straight out of high school.

The 2012 PG All-American Classic was the first year in which the players were effected, and that group represents an impressive wave of prospects that are set to begin their junior years in college. Eighteen of the players that participated in the 2012 Classic are still in college, a group with several projected early picks including, but not limited to, A.J. Puk (Florida), Nick Banks (Texas A&M), Chris Okey (Clemson), Jordan Sheffield (Vanderbilt), Zack Collins (Miami), Robert Tyler (Georgia), Cavan Biggio (Notre Dame), Ryan Boldt (Nebraska), Jeremy Martinez (USC) and Sheldon Neuse (Oklahoma).

Twenty players from the 2013 Classic took their game to the college level including several that made an immediate impact. Kel Johnson (Georgia Tech), Cobi Johnson (Florida State), Keaton McKinney (Arkansas) and David Peterson (Oregon) all enjoyed successful freshmen campaigns for their respective programs.

While half (27) of the players that participated in the 2014 PG All-American Classic (54) have already begun their professional careers, the other half are already on college campuses across the nation.

The National Champion Virginia Cavaliers will welcome outfielder Doak Dozier for the 2016 season. The runner-up Vanderbilt Commodores welcome yet another high-octane arm to campus in Donny Everett, along with speedster Alonzo Jones. The third-ranked Florida Gators receive reinforcements to their already strong team with Daniel Reyes and infielder Jonathan India.

Some other notable new faces around the nation for schools that finished ranked in Perfect Game's final top 25 rankings for the 2015 college season include two-way talent Luken Baker and hard-hitting slugger Ryan Johnson (TCU); Cole McKay is in Baton Rouge to bolster an already deep LSU pitching staff. A promising pair of arms – Justin Hooper and Kyle Molnar – look to continue UCLA's impressive pitching factory that churned out Pittsburgh Pirates ace and 2007 PG All-American Gerrit Cole.

After hitting a walkoff home run in the state championship game for Bishop Gorman (Nev.) High School to cap an incredibly successful prep career, Cadyn Grenier enjoyed an impressive tuneup in the West Coast League last summer before reaching Oregon State's campus. Grenier hit .329 with 19 extra-base hits and 11 stolen bases for the league champion Bend Elks on his way to being named the league's No. 1 prospect.

In addition to the incoming crop of freshmen there are also a handful of upperclassmen that figure to play a prominent role in the success of their respective teams. Mitchell Traver, who went 9-2 with a 1.89 ERA as a redshirt sophomore for the CWS particpant TCU Horned Frogs, returned to school for his junior year of eligibility and is poised to take the ball on Friday nights. Cancer survivor Clate Schmidt could also be handed the ball on Fridays for Clemson as a senior. Catcher and fellow senior Jason Goldstein looks to carry the reigns from last year's upstart Illinois club while leading a new wave of young talent.

This group of young players looks to continue the impact the PG All-American Classic has not only at the professional level, but also in college. From early round picks from last year's draft, including the Nos. 2 and 8 overall picks Alex Bregman and Carson Fulmer, to established big league stars such as Cole, Buster Posey, Matt Harvey and Kris Bryant, the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year, the wealth of talent that flows through the Classic continues to be as rich as ever.

Here is a full list of former PG All-Americans that are currently in college filtered alphabetically by the school they attend.

Year indicates year they played in the Classic

Player Position Year Class School
Keaton McKinney RHP 2013 SO Arkansas
Kevin Davis RHP 2012 JR Auburn
Kyle Dean OF 2014 FR Brigham Young
Scott Hurst OF/RHP 2013 SO Cal State Fullerton
Reese Cooley OF/IF 2013 SO Chipola (JC)
Chris Okey C 2012 JR Clemson
Clate Schmidt RHP 2011 SR Clemson
Justin Bellinger 1B 2013 SO Duke
Daniel Reyes OF 2014 FR Florida
Jonathan India SS/2B 2014 FR Florida
A.J. Puk LHP 2012 JR Florida
John Sternagel 3B 2012 JR Florida
Cobi Johnson RHP 2013 SO Florida State
Robert Tyler RHP 2012 JR Georgia
Brandt Stallings OF 2014 FR Georgia Tech
Tristin English RHP 2014 FR Georgia Tech
Kel Johnson OF 2013 SO Georgia Tech
Jason Goldstein C 2011 SR Illinois
Hogan Harris LHP 2014 FR Louisiana
Cole McKay RHP 2014 FR Louisiana State
Greg Deichmann SS/3B 2013 SO Louisiana State
Keven Pimentel RHP 2013 R-FR Miami
Carl Chester OF 2013 SO Miami
Justin Smith OF 2013 SO Miami
Derik Beauprez RHP 2012 JR Miami
Zack Collins C/1B 2012 JR Miami
Nick Fortes C 2014 FR Mississippi
Elih Marrero C 2014 FR Mississippi State
Bryce Montes de Oca RHP 2013 SO Missouri
Ryan Boldt OF 2012 JR Nebraska
Wyatt Cross C 2014 FR North Carolina
Cavan Biggio 2B 2012 JR Notre Dame
Christifer Andritsos RHP/OF 2014 FR Oklahoma
Sheldon Neuse 3B/RHP 2012 JR Oklahoma
Jon Littell OF 2013 SO Oklahoma State
Parker Kelly C/IF 2014 FR Oregon
David Peterson LHP 2013 SO Oregon
Cadyn Grenier SS/2B 2014 FR Oregon State
Willie Burger 3B/C 2014 FR Penn State
Jared Brasher RHP 2012 JR Samford
C.J. Saylor C/RHP 2011 R-JR San Diego State
Nick Shumpert SS 2014 FR San Jacinto (JC)
Devin Smeltzer LHP 2013 SO San Jacinto (JC)
Brandon Murray RHP 2013 SO South Carolina
Chris Chatfield OF 2014 FR South Florida
Jeremy Martinez C/1B 2012 JR Southern California
Kep Brown OF 2014 FR Spartanburg Methodist (JC)
Bryce Carter C 2013 SO Stanford
Brett Morales RHP 2012 JR Tampa (D-II)
Benito Santiago C 2013 SO Tennessee
Kody Clemens SS/2B 2014 FR Texas
Kacy Clemens RHP/1B 2012 JR Texas
Nick Banks OF 2012 JR Texas A&M
Luken Baker RHP/1B 2014 FR Texas Christian
Ryan Johnson OF 2014 FR Texas Christian
Mitchell Traver RHP 2011 R-JR Texas Christian
Chris Oakley RHP 2012 R-SO Tulane
Justin Hooper LHP 2014 FR UCLA
Kyle Molnar RHP 2014 FR UCLA
Sean Bouchard 3B 2013 SO UCLA
Alonzo Jones IF/OF 2014 FR Vanderbilt
Donny Everett RHP 2014 FR Vanderbilt
Jordan Sheffield RHP 2012 R-SO Vanderbilt
Doak Dozier OF 2014 FR Virginia
Zack Shannon OF/RHP 2013 FR Wabash Valley (JC)
John Aiello SS 2014 FR Wake Forest
Joe DeMers RHP 2014 FR Washington
D.J. Peters OF 2013 SO Western Nevada (JC)

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