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Midseason Collegiate All Americans

Vincent Cervino        
Perfect Game Top 25College Player Report Database | Player, Pitcher of the Week

We’re through the midway point of the college season, and while it’s seemingly moved in the blink of an eye, it’s important too to take hold of our surroundings and realize that we’re in a return to normalcy. At this point last year the season had long been canceled, we were all stuck in quarantine, and now college baseball is back.

With the halfway point of the season upon is, it’s prudent to look back and see what some of the main storylines look like as well as hand out some midseason honors. The headlines have come from the SEC this year as the top half of the conference has been all around the Top 25, particularly the top-five, with Vanderbilt and Arkansas not letting go of their No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.

The Commodores, as the No. 1 team in the land, are Perfect Game’s 2021 Midseason Team of the Year. Vanderbilt’s strength has undoubtedly been the two horses at the top of the rotation in Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter. Looking to be the first rotation mates to go in the top-three picks of the draft since UCLA’s Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, both arms have been downright dominant this season with perfect 7-0 records and sub-1.00 ERAs to boot.

Though it was close, Midseason Pitcher of the Year honors go to Jack Leiter, as the second-year right-hander has been nothing short of fantastic. Leiter leads the country in both ERA (0.43) and strikeouts (71) and has his signature moment of his complete game, no-hitter against South Carolina early in SEC play. The right-hander has been into the upper-90s and holds mid-90s well with four or five pitches that he uses to get a ton of swings and misses. Leiter has been must-watch television for the entire year and that doesn’t figure to change anytime soon.

The Midseason Player of the Year is the country’s leading home run hitter in South Carolina’s Wes Clarke. His batting average is only .309, but Clarke has been doing major damage with home runs and walks as his on-base percentage is a robust .460, meaning he’s basically getting on base once every two plate appearances. His OPS is 1.269 with the nation-leading 15 home runs to his name, as Clarke has parlayed his hot start in 2020 into becoming one of the most feared sluggers in the country.

Coming into 2021, we knew that the freshman class had a chance to be among the best in the history of the sport, and so far the prep class of 2020 has not disappointed. Leading the way among those talented freshmen has been Georgia Tech backstop Kevin Parada, our Midseason Freshman of the Year. Parada is a prospect, in all honesty, who likely doesn’t make it to campus in a normal year, but Coach Danny Hall had to be excited about the prospect of plugging him in the lineup every day. Parada is hitting .406 with a slugging percentage close to .700, all while playing quality defense behind the dish. He has the look of a top-half of the first round draft selection in 2022, and we’ll be watching closely to see how Parada closes the year.

Since coming to Knoxville, Coach Tony Vitello made an immediate impact on the recruiting trail, adding talented class after talented class to their roster. The transformation of the program started back in 2019 and has culminated now in 2021 with a loaded roster and a top-five current ranking in the Top 25. On the strength of the team and the various difficulties he’s had to manage around, Tony Vitello is our Midseason Coach of the Year. Liam Spence has been a revelation for the Volunteers, while he’s had to mix and match around the injury to projected Friday starter Jackson Leath, along with both Max Ferguson and Connor Pavolony. The Volunteers have emerged as a legitimate title contender and Vitello’s management has been a big reason for that.

Midseason Perfect Game/Rawlings College Baseball Awards

Player of the Year: Wes Clarke, DH, South Carolina
Pitcher of the Year: Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt
Freshman of the Year: Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech*
Coach of the Year: Tony Vitello, Tennessee
Team of the Year: Vanderbilt

*Only true freshmen/first-year college players were eligible

Midseason Perfect Game/Rawlings College Baseball All-American Teams
Statistics for games played through Thursday, April 8

First Team

Pos. Player School AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
C Henry Davis Louisville .390 .496 .700 25 39 7 0 8 32 8
1B Tyler Hardman Oklahoma .468 .562 .784 32 52 10 2 7 30 0
2B Connor Norby East Carolina .438 .480 .714 28 49 7 0 8 28 8
3B Jace Jung Texas Tech .388 .496 .786 25 38 6 0 11 35 1
SS Trey Sweeney Eastern Illinois .406 .508 .743 28 41 6 2 8 39 3
OF Dru Baker Texas Tech .427 .500 .563 33 44 6 1 2 15 11
OF Logan Cerny Troy .348 .435 .820 25 31 7 1 11 31 7
OF Sal Frelick Boston College .388 .432 .598 29 43 10 1 5 19 6
DH Wes Clarke South Carolina .309 .460 .809 33 29 2 0 15 33 0
UT Justin Campbell Oklahoma State .286 .412 .357 7 8 2 0 0 3 0

Pos. Player School ERA W-L CG SV IP H SO BB BAA
SP Geremy Guerrero Indiana State 1.13 5-0 0 0 39.2 21 51 6 0.156
SP Jack Leiter Vanderbilt 0.43 7-0 1 0 42 10 71 16 0.074
SP Joe Rock Ohio 0.95 4-1 2 0 38 20 51 12 0.155
SP Kumar Rocker Vanderbilt 0.84 7-0 0 0 43 20 61 12 0.137
SP Ty Madden Texas 1.52 4-1 1 0 47.1 27 55 15 0.168
RP Carson Palmquist Miami 0.87 0-0 0 9 20.2 7 35 3 0.103
RP Landon Sims Mississippi State 0.47 2-0 0 2 19.1 10 39 7 0.149
UT Justin Campbell Oklahoma State 0.55 3-0 0 0 33 23 50 9 0.193

Second Team

Pos. Player School AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
C Matheu Nelson Florida State .321 .452 .762 27 27 4 0 11 33 0
1B Niko Kavadas Notre Dame .333 .470 .933 18 20 3 0 11 28 1
2B Zack Raabe Minnesota .431 .529 .741 14 25 4 1 4 7 0
3B Tyler Locklear VCU .326 .488 .821 31 31 4 2 13 33 4
SS Brooks Lee Cal Poly .357 .377 .694 27 35 11 2 6 30 0
OF Brock Jones Stanford .329 .481 .772 22 26 3 1 10 28 6
OF Ethan Cady ETSU .337 .434 .731 22 35 9 1 10 33 4
OF Jaden Fein San Diego State .473 .529 .604 22 43 9 0 1 31 6
DH Kenyon Yovan Oregon .361 .449 .736 19 26 3 0 8 24 0
UT Spencer Schwellenbach Nebraska .353 .457 .588 21 24 7 0 3 14 2

Pos. Player School ERA W-L CG SV IP H SO BB BAA
SP Cole Larsen Kansas 1.10 4-2 2 1 49 39 53 16 0.225
SP Gunnar Hoglund Ole Miss 2.47 3-1 0 0 43.2 31 70 11 0.194
SP Jonathan Fincher Louisiana Tech 1.62 5-0 2 0 44.1 29 42 8 0.188
SP Landon Marceaux Louisiana State 2.01 2-3 0 0 40.1 26 47 11 0.184
SP Sam Bachman Miami (OH) 0.90 2-0 0 0 20 10 32 7 0.152
RP Kevin Kopps Arkansas 0.82 4-0 0 3 22 12 40 7 0.154
RP Nick Jones Georgia Southern 0.83 0-0 0 7 21.2 11 42 3 0.145
UT Spencer Schwellenbach Nebraska 0.00 0-0 0 4 7 5 11 0 0.200

Freshman

Pos. Player School AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
C Kevin Parada Georgia Tech .406 .452 .698 21 39 9 2 5 22 1
1B Caden Grice Clemson .350 .475 .663 20 28 5 1 6 25 0
2B Jacob Berry Arizona .426 .529 .755 26 40 9 2 6 35 1
3B Brock Wilken Wake Forest .306 .379 .682 18 26 5 0 9 21 0
SS Jacob Gonzalez Ole Miss .310 .392 .469 27 35 4 1 4 22 1
OF Cayden Wallace Arkansas .307 .398 .554 23 31 4 0 7 13 0
OF Dylan Crews Louisiana State .366 474 .643 30 41 7 0 8 17 7
OF Enrique Bradfield Vanderbilt .391 .509 .483 27 34 4 2 0 15 20
DH Josh Moylan East Carolina .338 .441 .584 18 26 5 1 4 18 0
UT Nolan Schanuel Florida Atlantic .356 .454 .663 27 37 6 1 8 39 2

Pos. Player School ERA W-L CG SV IP H SO BB BAA
SP Alejandro Rosario Miami 4.15 3-1 0 0 30.1 30 23 11 0.252
SP Blade Tidwell Tennessee 2.58 4-1 0 0 38.1 37 39 9 0.257
SP Jackson Fristoe Mississippi State 3.34 3-2 0 0 29.2 19 43 14 0.181
SP Jeremy Lee South Alabama 2.75 2-1 0 0 36 30 49 7 0.224
SP Ryan Hagenow Kentucky 2.11 1-1 0 0 21.1 14 25 11 0.187
RP Tanner Witt Texas 2.59 1-0 0 1 24.1 20 33 15 0.215
RP Will Sanders South Carolina 2.22 5-1 0 0 28.1 22 30 5 0.216

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