Five Valley Baseball Players Highlight NCBWA Preseason All-American Team
Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Five Valley baseball players, three from Wichita State and two from Creighton, highlight the 2008 NCBWA Preseason All-American Team, announced Wednesday.

There are 19 conferences and 39 schools represented on the three units, which form the base for the ’08 Pro-Line Athletic All-America squad and the 22nd annual Dick Howser Trophy, presented by the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Area chamber of Commerce and voted upon by the NCBWA membership. The Howser Trophy will be awarded on Saturday morning prior to Game One of the NCAA World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., on June 14, 2008, at the Omaha Press Club.

2008 Preseason NCBWA All-America Team

First Team
C Petey Paramore, Arizona State           Jr.            .379         64            224          64            85            18-1-6         52
1B Brett Wallace, Arizona State            Jr.            .404         63            265          75            107          17-8-16       78
2B Johnny Giavotella, New Orleans       Jr.            .385         64            247          65            95            19-4-15       65
3B Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt                 Sr.            .386         66            272          76            105          21-3-18       68
SS Derek Shunk, Villanova                      Sr.            .357         54            210          49            75            12-3-2         34
UTIL Zach Putnam, Michigan                 Jr.            .330         61-61       224          38            74            14-2-8         59
Pitching: 8-5, 3.87 ERA, 16 G, 102.1 IP, 94 H, 38 BB, 87 SO, 0 SV
DH C.J. Ziegler, Arizona                          Sr.            .355         59            228          59            81            23-2-13       63
OF Aaron Luna, Rice                               Jr.            .315         66            236          57            74            15-3-13       66
OF Kyle Russell, Texas                            Jr.            .336         63            223          68            75            11-5-28       71
OF Dominic de la Osa, Vanderbilt          Sr.            .376         66            249          65            94            23-2-20       62

Pitchers
SP Ryan Berry, Rice          So. 11-3   3.01  23   122.2  112  34     125   0
SP Scott Gorgen, UC Irvine   Jr. 13-3   2.83  22   136.2  118  41     117   0
SP Preston Guilmet, Arizona  Jr. 12-2   1.87  18   135    100  34     146   0
SP Brian Matusz, San Diego   Jr. 10-3   2.85  18   123     98  37     163   0
SP Josh Satow, Arizona State Sr. 13-3   2.76  20   133.2  119  53     119   0
SP Jacob Thompson, Virginia  Jr. 11-0   1.50  17   114     79  32     101   0
RP Daniel Edwards, Kansas St Sr.  3-0   2.27  23    35.2   22  13      49  11
RP Eryk McConnell, NC State  Sr.  3-2   1.72  28    52.1   43  11      35  11
RP Cole St. Clair, Rice      Sr.  0-0   1.91  16    28.1   22   8      26   9
 
Second Team
C Tim Federowicz, North Carolina         Jr.            .333         73            291          46            97            19-1-4         65
1B Justin Smoak, South Carolina            Jr.            .315         66            260          64            82            16-0-22       72
2B Brandon Turner, Mississippi State    So.           .399         55            208          46            83            13-1-3         48
3B Conor Gillaspie, Wichita State          Jr.            .325         73            295          55            96            24-4-6         63
SS Danny Espinosa, Long Beach State Jr.               .319         53            210          44            67            13-4-7         38
UTIL Josh Romanski, San Diego             Jr,            .335         56            224          43            75            10-2-3         30
Pitching: 10-1, 3.05 ERA, 18 G, 112 IP, 90 H, 24 BB, 92 SO, 3 SV
DH Kiel Roling, Arizona State Jr.            .356         58            194          57            69            10-0-15       63
OF Ollie Linton, UC Irvine                       Jr.            .342         57            152          30            52            4-8-0           21
OF Mike Bianucci, Auburn                      Jr.            .326         47            175          46            57            11-1-14       51
OF Mike McKenna, FAU                         Sr.            .413         56            218          46            90            14-2-16       60

Pitchers
SP Bobby Gagg, Coastal Car.  Jr. 12-2   2.57  17   112    102  27      84   0
SP Buddy Leake, Arizona St.  So. 13-2   3.69  25   127    126  29      94   1
SP Lance Lynn, Ole Miss      Jr. 8-5    2.85  18   123.1   94  44     146   0
SP Mike Minor, Vanderbilt    So. 9-1    3.09  19    90.1   76  19      88   2
SP Zack Pitts, Louisville    Sr. 10-3   2.52  20   121.2  105  24      91   0
SP Mike Stutes, Oregon State Sr. 12-4   4.07  22   132.2  111  60     129   0
RP David Cales, UIC          Jr. 3-0    0.74  24    36.1   21   1      34  13
RP Pat Venditte, Creighton   Sr. 8-2    1.88  38    95.2   62  22      99   4
RP Drew Weatherford, MS St.  Jr. 3-2    3.53  20    66.1   58  25      72   5
 
Third Team (ties in voting)
C Buster Posey, Florida State                 Jr.            .382         62            246          66            94            21-2-3         65
1B Dustin Ackley, North Carolina           So.           .402         73            296          70            119          20-3-10       74
2B Alex Buchholz, Delaware                  Jr.            .387         55            238          46            92            27-6-11       63
2B Blake Stouffer, Texas A&M               Sr.            .398         67            256          58            102          23-5-12       85
3B Matt Prokopowicz, Hofstra               So.           .416         54            197          41            82            11-1-6         52
SS Brandon Crawford, UCLA                   Jr.            .335         61            248          50            83            17-2-7         55
UTIL Cole White, Army                           Sr.            .408         48            179          27            73            12-3-4         29
Pitching: 7-3, 3.49 ERA, 14 G, 67 IP, 59 H, 19 BB, 54 SO, 0 SV
DH Scott Hawkins, La.-Lafayette           Jr.            .344         59            209          54            72            11-2-16       49
OF Tony Campana, Cincinnati-60 SB      Sr.            .329         56            237          51            78            5-1-1           18
OF Ike Davis, Arizona State                    Jr.            .349         62            238          56            83            23-0-8         61
OF Scott Krieger, George Mason           Jr.            .365         54            219          59            80            12-2-20       68
OF Ryan Lavarnway, Yale                       Jr.            .467         43            150          33            70            17-1-14       55
OF Mike McKenna, FAU                         Sr.            .413         56            218          46            90            14-2-16       60 

Pitchers
SP Jared Bradford, LSU       Sr. 10-4   4.41  23    96     94  16      81   5
SP Aaron Crow, Missouri      Jr. 9-4    3.59  18   117.2  109  33      90   0
SP Eric Erickson, Miami (Fla)So. 10-4   2.50  16    90     84  16      63   1
SP Ben Mancuso, Creighton    Sr. 10-3   2.34  14    77     77  20      60   0
SP Rob Musgrave, Wichita St  Sr. 10-2   2.59  18   111.1   96  17      85   0
SP Aaron Shafer, Wichita St  Jr. 8-2    2.23  15    84.2   69  23      90   0

SP Anthony Shawler, Old Dom. Jr. 11-2   2.20  15   114.2   95  29     130   0
RP Nick Cassavechia, Baylor  Sr. 6-2    3.12  50    52     43  20      72   11
RP Joe Kelly, UC Riverside   So. 3-1    1.32  22    27.1   28  11      19   6
RP Chris Manning, Belmont    Jr. 3-0    2.67  24    27     20   4      17   11