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From the Classic to campus

Patrick Ebert

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017

As the Perfect Game All-American Classic to continues to grow so does the talent taking the fields at the college level. Last year in this same feature 76 former PG All-Americans were listed. This year that number has grown to 80 and covers the NCAA Divisions I and II, NAIA and NJCAA levels of the sport. Also included is one college football quarterback, Brandon McIlwain, now at Cal, who showed off his talents swinging the bat, to go along with his game-changing speed, as he hit an opposite field triple in the 2015 Classic.

Last year saw a pair of PG All-Americans named First Team College All-Americans, with Greg Deichmann and David Peterson both enjoying huge seasons for LSU and Oregon respectively. Carlos Cortes was named a Freshman All-American after hitting .286-12-41 for South Carolina while Tyler Baum, Austin Bergner and Dominic Fletcher were named Summer Collegiate All-Americans.

Of the 80 players listed below eight of them were members of teams that advanced to the College World Series – which doesn't factor in the players that were part of those teams that have since moved on to professional baseball – including Jonathan India of the CWS champion Florida Gators. Zack Hess served as the closer down the stretch for the runner-up LSU Tigers and Drew Mendoza provided some huge hits for Florida State to help propel them through the NCAA postseason.

Twenty of the players are incoming freshmen and represent the next wave of talent at the college level. For the second year in a row TCU leads the way with five former PG All-Americans on their roster, and not surprisingly the Horned Frogs will open the 2018 season once again on a short list of teams expected to win it all in Omaha.

Players filtered by school. Year indicates the year each player participated in the Classic.

Player Pos. Year Class School
Nick Quintana SS 2015 SO Arizona
Dominic Fletcher OF 2015 SO Arkansas
Keaton McKinney RHP 2013 R-JR Arkansas
Cole Turney OF 2016 FR Arkansas
Tanner Burns RHP 2016 FR Auburn
Steven Williams C 2016 FR Auburn
Kyle Dean OF 2014 JR Brigham Young
Brandon McIlwain OF 2015 SO California (football)*
Max Guzman C 2015 SO Chipola (JC)
Reese Cooley OF/IF 2013 SR Faulkner University (D-II)*
Jonathan India 3B 2014 JR Florida
Brady McConnell SS 2016 FR Florida
Hunter Ruth RHP 2016 FR Florida
Logan Allen LHP 2016 FR Florida International
Cobi Johnson RHP 2013 R-JR Florida State
Drew Mendoza 3B/1B 2015 SO Florida State
Tony Locey RHP 2015 SO Georgia
Grant Bodison SS 2015 SO Georgia Highlands (JC)
Brandt Stallings OF 2014 JR Georgia College*
Luke Berryhill C 2015 R-FR Georgia Southern
Tristin English RHP 2014 R-SO Georgia Tech
Kel Johnson OF 2013 SR Georgia Tech
Ryan McKay RHP 2014 SO Howard (JC)*
Wyatt Cross C 2014 JR Indiana*
Ryan Zeferjahn RHP 2015 SO Kansas
T.J. Collett C 2015 SO Kentucky
Ryan Johnson OF 2014 SO Kentucky*
Ben Jordan RHP 2016 FR Kentucky
Hogan Harris LHP 2014 JR Louisiana
Zack Hess RHP 2015 SO Louisiana State
Nick Storz RHP/DH 2016 FR Louisiana State
Tyler Fitzgerald SS 2015 SO Louisville
Danny Reyes OF 2014 JR Miami*
Alejandro Toral 1B 2016 FR Miami
Karl Kauffmann RHP 2015 SO Michigan
Tim Elko 3B/1B 2016 FR Mississippi
Nick Fortes C 2014 JR Mississippi
Jordan Anderson OF 2016 FR Mississippi State
Bryce Montes de Oca RHP 2013 SR Missouri
Avery Tuck OF 2015 SO New Mexico JC
Tyler Baum RHP 2015 SO North Carolina
Austin Bergner RHP 2015 SO North Carolina
Joe Boyle RHP 2016 FR Notre Dame
Jon Littell OF 2013 SR Oklahoma State
Mitchell Stone LHP 2016 FR Oklahoma State
Parker Kelly C/IF 2014 JR Oregon
Cadyn Grenier SS/2B 2014 JR Oregon State
Herbert Iser C 2015 SO San Jacinto (JC)
Carlos Cortes 2B/OF 2015 SO South Carolina
Kyle Jacobsen OF 2016 FR South Carolina
Brandon Murray RHP 2013 SR South Carolina
Chris Chatfield OF 2014 JR South Florida
Kyle Hurt RHP 2016 FR Southern California
Ben Ramirez 2B/3B 2016 FR Southern California
Blake Sabol C/OF 2015 SO Southern California
Jeff Belge LHP 2015 SO St. John's
Elih Marrero C 2014 JR St. Thomas*
Bryce Carter C 2013 SR Stanford
Jaren Shelby OF 2015 SO State College of Florida (JC)
Keven Pimentel RHP 2013 R-JR Tampa (D-II)*
Benito Santiago C 2013 SR Tennessee
Kody Clemens SS/2B 2014 JR Texas
David Hamilton SS 2015 SO Texas
Christifer Andritsos RHP/OF 2014 SO Texas A&M*
Luken Baker RHP/1B 2014 JR Texas Christian
Dion Henderson LHP 2015 R-FR Texas Christian
Charles King RHP 2015 SO Texas Christian
Nick Lodolo LHP 2015 SO Texas Christian
Caleb Sloan RHP 2016 FR Texas Christian
Kep Brown OF 2014 R-SO UNC Wilmington*
Justin Hooper LHP 2014 JR UCLA
Garrett Mitchell OF 2016 FR UCLA
Kyle Molnar RHP 2014 R-SO UCLA
Philip Clarke C 2016 FR Vanderbilt
Drake Fellows RHP 2015 SO Vanderbilt
Jayson Gonzalez 3B 2016 FR Vanderiblt
Alonzo Jones IF/OF 2014 JR Vanderbilt
John Aiello SS 2014 JR Wake Forest
Ben Baird SS 2015 SO Washington
Joe DeMers RHP 2014 JR Washington

* Transfer

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