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College  | Story  | 1/4/2023

Collegiate Preseason All-Americans

Vincent Cervino      Craig Cozart     
Photo: Chase Dollander (University of Tennessee Athletics)
Preseason Top 25 Rankings

All-Americans chosen based on statistics, prospect status, 2023 projection, among other factors

* denotes Preseason Player and Pitcher of the Year

First Team Hitters


Pos. Name School Class AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
C Michael Carico Davidson JR 0.406 0.559 0.803 71 80 21 1 21 57 3
1B Nolan Schanuel Florida Atlantic JR 0.369 0.477 0.658 55 83 17 0 16 56 11
2B Tommy Troy Stanford JR 0.331 0.371 0.568 34 62 15 3 7 23 5
3B Jake Gelof Virginia JR 0.377 0.477 0.764 65 80 15 2 21 81 3
SS Jacob Gonzalez Ole Miss JR 0.273 0.405 0.558 67 66 9 3 18 52 4
IF Jacob Wilson Grand Canyon JR 0.358 0.418 0.585 44 88 18 1 12 65 0
OF Dylan Crews* LSU JR 0.349 0.463 0.691 73 87 11 4 22 72 5
OF Vance Honeycutt North Carolina SO 0.296 0.409 0.672 66 73 10 4 25 57 29
OF Wyatt Langford Florida JR 0.355 0.447 0.719 73 91 9 3 26 63 7
DH Tommy White LSU SO 0.362 0.425 0.757 54 85 12 0 27 74 1
UT Paul Skenes LSU JR 0.314 0.412 0.634 39 48 10 0 13 38 0

Catcher

Michael Carico, Davidson
Carico had a top 5 statistical offseason across the sport last season, slugging over .800 and OPS-ing close to 1.400 which are insane benchmarks to clear. Carico is a left-handed hitter with a pretty pure hit tool. He’s not the biggest in terms of size or power projection but was still able to turn in a 20/20 season in terms of doubles and home runs. It’ll be hard to replicate what he did in 2022 but the stats from that season are eye popping.



First Base

Nolan Schanuel, Florida Atlantic
Schanuel has done one thing extremely well since setting foot in Boca Raton, and basically his whole life, which is hit the baseball extremely hard. The left-handed hitter has a sublime understanding of the strike zone and doesn’t expand or chase very often. It’s a solid hit tool with present power and underrated athleticism as he could play a corner outfield spot in a pinch and also added eleven stolen bases last season.

Second Base

Tommy Troy, Stanford
Troy was voted by his peers as the top professional prospect in the Cape Cod League this summer and Stanford’s second baseman had a very solid 2022 campaign. We’re expecting bigger things in 2023, highlighted by a likely power surge, but Troy is a dynamic athlete who can both defend and hit. He’ll be a focal point on what should be a very good Stanford team and Troy’s game-changing athleticism has a chance to show up in a myriad of ways.

Third Base

Jake Gelof, Virginia
It was a tale of two halves for Gelof but his first half of 2022 was so blisteringly hot that even if he didn’t get a hit in the second half the numbers still would’ve been gaudy. He was hitting well over .400 for large swaths of the season but still finished getting on base at about half the time. It’s solid power with a good glove at third base and among the performers in the country Gelof has a resume that fits at the top.

Shortstop

Jacob Gonzalez, Ole Miss
Gonzalez took a minor step back from his outstanding freshman campaign but the things he does well he still does at a high level. Gonzalez walks a ton and has 20-homer potential from the left side, not a thing a lot of shortstops can claim. He projects to stick at short with a solid arm and we’re expecting a bang of a final year in Oxford for the defending CWS champs.

Infield

Jacob Wilson, Grand Canyon
The son of former Major Leaguer Jack Wilson, Jacob had an outstanding season for the Lopes in 2022, playing solid defense at shortstop and putting the ball in play often. He struck out just seven (!!) times across nearly 250 plate appearances and he began tapping into some more power this summer with the USA CNT. He’s a solid first rounder right now with a chance for a monster season ahead of him given the developmental strides he’s made.

Outfield

Dylan Crews, LSU
Crews has been a college superstar from the moment he got to Baton Rouge and the last two years have done nothing to dissuade that opinion. He won Co-SEC Player of the Year as a sophomore, glides in centerfield, and hits the ball harder more than anyone else in the sport. Crews is a bona fide 1:1 candidate for obvious reasons but watching his final season in Baton Rouge for the No. 1 team is going to be a fun ride; Crews is our pick for Preseason Player of the Year.

Vance Honeycutt, North Carolina
Honeycutt announced his presence in a major way during his true freshman campaign, setting fire to the UNC record books and dominating the sport. He finished with 25 home runs and 29 stolen bases, both absurd marks that show off the athleticism and power from the outfielder. The scary part is that Honeycutt arguably got better down the stretch and if he’s finding his final form he could put up some ridiculous numbers in 2023.

Wyatt Langford, Florida
Keeping with the theme here, it was a definitive breakout for Langford in his second season in Gainesville, crushing 26 home runs and tallying 91 hits, tops among the 1st team. Langford has light tower power but also doesn’t really strike out all too often, registering just a 17% K-rate last season. He’ll stay in left field this season where he’s most comfortable but this is still an SEC Player of the Year caliber player.

Designated Hitter

Tommy White, LSU
One of three Tigers to make this list, White took the college baseball landscape by storm last season, crushing majestic shots and earning the moniker “Tommy Tanks”. White transfers in to LSU after his Freshman of the Year season at NC State where he’ll likely be the opening day third baseman. White became must-see TV nearly every at-bat last season and it’s hard to imagine how getting him a bigger spotlight on the No. 1 team in the country will diminish that.

Utility

Paul Skenes, LSU

Another LSU transfer, Skenes comes to Baton Rouge by way of the Air Force Academy and should immediately show off some firepower on Friday nights. Skenes can touch 100 mph on the bump and lives in the upper-90s with a dynamic slider. He also routinely crushed 110+ mph home runs this fall and the power he brings to the table on both sides of the ball is truly rare.

Pos. Name School Class ERA W-L CG SV IP H SO BB OBA
SP Chase Burns Tennessee SO 2.91 8-2 0 0 80.1 65 103 25 0.216
SP Chase Dollander* Tennessee JR 2.39 10-0 0 0 79 50 108 13 0.175
SP Tanner Hall Southern Miss JR 2.81 9-3 0 0 109 98 146 14 0.233
SP Rhett Lowder Wake Forest JR 3.08 11-3 1 0 99.1 91 105 26 0.239
SP Jason Savacool Maryland JR 2.93 8-3 0 0 107.2 84 123 28 0.213
RP Quinn Mathews Stanford SR 3.08 9-2 0 9 99.1 77 111 49 0.213
RP Andrew Walters Miami SR 1.65 0-1 0 14 32.2 13 62 6 0.116
UT Paul Skenes LSU JR 2.73 10-3 0 0 85.2 70 96 30 0.224

Starting Pitcher

Chase Burns, Tennessee

The true freshman class of 2022 was immediately impactful but sometimes getting lost in the shuffle was Burns who was a true Friday night ace for a top SEC program right away. Early reports are that he’s only improved which is hard to imagine a 19 year old right-hander who already flirts with triple digits doing. It’s rare to see a true freshman do the things Burns did in season but that just makes expectations even greater for the second year right-hander.

Chase Dollander, Tennessee
Dollander was the SEC Pitcher of the Year in 2022, his first year in Knoxville, after going 10-0 with a 2.39 ERA in just 79 innings. It’s true swing-and-miss stuff and reports are that Dollander was routinely sitting 96-100 mph this fall. There’s five pitches here to miss bats with a put-away slider highlighting the arsenal. Dollander is likely the best pitching prospect to come out of the draft in a long time and is a true 1:1 candidate as well.

Tanner Hall, Southern Miss
Hall was excellent last season, earning Conference USA Pitcher of the Year honors and though Southern Miss moves to the Sun Belt the expectations will still be high. He’s got one of the best changeups in the country, along with some of the best command which helps his 88-92 mph fastball play up. He struck out a ton of hitters last season and his ability to mix and locate makes him another high strikeout candidate.

Rhett Lowder, Wake Forest
Lowder is another arm on this list who won conference Pitcher of the Year honors, his for the ACC, and won 11 games with 99.1 innings pitched. He was the ace of the USA CNT this summer and routinely works in the 92-95 mph range with a filthy changeup and firm, solid slider. It’s a potent mix and similar to Hall, Lowder possesses terrific command which allows his stuff to play up and limit the ERA numbers thanks to less free passes.

Jason Savacool, Maryland
The Terrapins enjoyed a resurgent year in 2022 and while their offense gets a lot of headlines, Savacool and the pitching staff were very good in 2022. He logged over 107 innings in 2022 and looks poised to take up the mantle on Friday nights. He works with a low-90s sinker and a full pitch mix and Savacool fills up the strike zone with regularity.

Relief Pitcher

Quinn Mathews, Stanford
Mathews bounced between starting and relieving for the Cardinal in 2022 but eventually found big success as a long reliever who would be the first guy out of the bullpen in close games. It’s a three-quarters slot with a full pitch mix and a very good changeup. Where he’ll slot in during the 2023 campaign but the stuff is going to be plenty good to still miss bats.

Andrew Walters, Miami
Walters was one of the most dominant closers across the college landscape in 2022 and he returns to bolster a top 10 Miami team in 2023. It’s one of the best fastballs in the country, flirting with the upper-90s and playing even better than that thanks to the underlying metrics. He’s a proven commodity as one of the best closers in the sport but could also get an opportunity to start depending on Miami’s pitching depth.


Second Team Hitters

Pos. Name School Class AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
C Luke Shliger Maryland JR 0.353 0.495 0.602 79 88 22 2 12 58 14
1B Nick Kurtz Wake Forest SO 0.338 0.471 0.637 65 69 14 1 15 56 2
2B Travis Bazzana Oregon State SO 0.306 0.425 0.478 58 75 16 4 6 44 14
3B Brayden Taylor TCU JR 0.314 0.454 0.576 55 66 14 1 13 50 10
SS Matt Shaw Maryland JR 0.290 0.381 0.604 50 71 11 0 22 67 12
IF Carter Graham Stanford JR 0.335 0.403 0.657 63 83 12 1 22 78 1
OF Enrique Bradfield Jr. Vanderbilt JR 0.317 0.415 0.498 69 77 10 5 8 36 46
OF Chase Davis Arizona JR 0.289 0.414 0.583 56 68 13 1 18 54 4
OF Jack Hurley Virginia Tech JR 0.375 0.452 0.664 59 87 23 1 14 55 10
DH Brock Wilken Wake Forest JR 0.272 0.362 0.602 61 69 13 1 23 77 1
UT Braden Montgomery Stanford SO 0.285 0.397 0.595 55 69 16 1 19 47 6

Second Team Pitchers

Pos. Name School Class ERA W-L CG SV IP H SO BB OBA
SP Drew Beam Tennessee SO 2.72 8-1 1 0 76 50 62 21 0.186
SP Hunter Elliott Ole Miss SO 2.7 5-3 0 0 80 57 102 34 0.201
SP Cade Kuehler Campbell JR 4.07 4-6 0 0 84 57 111 38 0.184
SP Will Sanders South Carolina JR 3.42 7-3 0 0 89.1 84 91 31 0.249
SP Hurston Waldrep Florida JR 3.20 6-2 2 0 90 71 140 33 0.213
RP Wyatt Crowell Florida State JR 2..12 6-1 0 2 51 39 72 17 0.201
RP Alonzo Tredwell UCLA SO 2.11 4-1 0 6 47 33 62 6 0.195
UT Braden Montgomery Stanford SO 4.97 2-1 0 5 25.1 20 39 13 0.206

Third Team Hitters

Pos. Name School Class AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
C Cooper Ingle Clemson JR 0.351 0.449 0.526 52 74 13 0 8 44 1
1B Tre' Morgan LSU JR 0.324 0.414 0.462 50 82 18 1 5 54 0
2B Charles McAdoo San Jose State JR 0.345 0.406 0.629 47 79 23 3 12 63 6
SS Maui Ahuna Tennessee JR 0.396 0.479 0.634 42 80 16 4 8 48 13
3B Yohandy Morales Miami JR 0.329 0.411 0.650 65 79 17 3 18 59 6
IF Carson DeMartini Virginia Tech SO 0.341 0.452 0.659 54 70 14 3 15 50 5
OF Travis Honeyman Boston College SO 0.329 0.402 0.506 37 54 9 1 6 19 5
OF Ryan Lasko Rutgers JR 0.349 0.431 0.643 81 90 24 2 16 51 13
OF Colton Ledbetter Mississippi State JR 0.318 0.407 0.640 51 67 16 2 16 57 14
DH LuJames Groover III North Carolina State JR 0.364 0.440 0.568 65 86 16 1 10 47 4
UT Nolan McLean Oklahoma State JR 0.285 0.397 0.595 55 69 16 1 19 47 2

Third Team Pitchers

Pos. Name School Class ERA W-L CG SV IP H SO BB OBA
SP Drue Hackenberg Virginia Tech SO 3.3 10-2 0 0 92.2 95 87 19 0.259
SP Carter Holton Vanderbilt SO 3.14 8-4 2 0 80.1 56 97 29 0.197
SP Teddy McGraw Wake Forest JR 4.08 5-2 0 0 70.2 53 67 38 0.203
SP Hagen Smith Arkansas SO 4.66 7-2 0 2 77.1 66 90 46 0.232
SP Juaron Watts-Brown Oklahoma State JR 3.68 4-4 1 0 73.1 50 111 29 0.194
SP Levi Wells Texas State JR 2.88 7-1 1 0 78 63 72 27 0.219
RP Camden Minacci Wake Forest JR 2.18 2-4 0 6 45.1 34 59 18 0.204
RP William Privette College of Charleston JR 0.91 3-1 0 12 59.1 31 80 15 0.148
UT Nolan McLean Oklahoma State JR 4.97 2-1 0 5 25.1 20 39 13 0.206