MVC Places Five on ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams
Thursday, June 15, 2017
MVC Places Five on ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams

Five Missouri Valley Conference baseball players were selected for the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Region teams. First team selections include DBU's Austin Listi and Missouri State's Jake Burger and Jeremy Eierman, while second team choices include DBU's Devlin Granberg and Missouri State's Doug Still.

The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA All-America Committee. All-Region first-team selections are eligible for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors.

The ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans will be announced on Saturday, June 17. The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team finalists will be announced on Twitter on Monday, June 19, and the Gold Glove winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 21.

Austin Listi, Sr., 1B, DBU
Listi, a senior from Huffman, Texas, hit .336 with 24 home runs and 55 RBI in 2017, while setting the career record for home runs in DBU Baseball history with 53 career round-trippers.  Listi is a three-time All-Conference selection during his collegiate career and garnered Freshman All-American honors in 2013, as well as Second Team All-American honors this year. 

Jake Burger, Jr., 3B, Missouri State
The 11th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, Burger currently ranks seventh nationally with 22 home runs, joining forces with Eierman to form the top power duo at the Division I level with 45 combined round-trippers this spring. Burger, the 2017 MVC Player of the Year, also leads the circuit and ranks sixth nationally in runs scored (69), while rating among the nation's top 25 hitters in total bases (160) and RBIs (65) as well. 

A semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award, he ranks second among all active Division I hitters with 47 career home runs, while his 241 career hits is the 11th best total in Missouri State history. Additionally, he is just the second Bear to earn first-team All-America recognition in three consecutive seasons, joining Nick Petree (2011-13) for that honor.

Jeremy Eierman, So., SS, Missouri State
Eierman, who was a second-team All-America choice of Collegiate Baseball and a third-team honoree by Baseball America, became the third Bear in the last six seasons to be named the NCBWA's District VI most outstanding player last week, joining Burger (2016) and Nick Petree (2012) on Missouri State's list of honorees. He was also named a semifinalist for the NCBWA's Dick Howser Trophy and earned First-Team All-MVC honors after turning in a breakthrough spring for the Bears, both at the plate and in the middle of the MSU infield as one of the Valley's top defenders. 

The Warsaw, Mo., product shares the No. 5 spot nationally with 23 home runs and is a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award honoring the nation's top shortstop. He turned in an NCAA postseason to remember, helping the Bears to their third Division I Regional crown by hitting a pair of home runs in MSU's opening-round victory over Oklahoma State, as well as a tie-breaking two-run shot in the deciding game against Arkansas. Eierman homered for a fourth time in NCAA play in the Bears' opening game against TCU at the Fort Worth Super Regional as well and hit .333 in MSU's six postseason games. 

Devlin Granberg, Jr., OF, DBU
Granberg, a junior from Hudson, Colorado, became the first player from DBU to win the Missouri Valley Conference batting title, as he posted a .359 batting average.  Granberg, who was named a Second Team All-MVC selection in 2017, also hit seven home runs and collected 47 RBI in his first season as a Patriot.

Doug Still, Jr., P, Missouri State
Still, a junior pitcher, was an 11th round pick of the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. In 17 appearances, he owns a 2.88 ERA with 89 strikeouts, tallying an 8-3 record and allowing just 33 earned runs in 103.0 innings of work.