@ACCBaseball: Thirteen Earn Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Honors


NC State’s Rodon and Turner, Florida State Stewart named to first team

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Thirteen Atlantic Coast Conference baseball players have been named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Teams, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

The 13 preseason All-Americans from the ACC tied for the most in the nation with the Pac-12.

The ACC contingent is led by three players on the first team: NC State’s Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner, and Florida State’s D.J. Stewart. Rodon was also selected as the projected national player of the year.

Six league players garnered second team accolades: Florida State’s Luke Weaver, Miami’s Bryan Radziewski, North Carolina’s Trent Thornton and Skye Bolt, Virginia’s Mike Papi, and Virginia Tech’s Mark Zagunis. Clemson’s Daniel Gossett, NC State’s Brett Austin, and Virginia’s Brandon Downes and Derek Fisher were selected to the third team.

Led by No. 5 Florida State, six ACC squads earned rankings in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll announced last week. No. 10 NC State, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 12 Virginia, No. 13 Miami, and No. 21 Clemson also claimed spots in poll, while Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame received votes.

The 2014 season begins for all 14 Atlantic Coast Conference teams on Friday, Feb. 14, and conference action gets under way on Friday, March 7.

​ACC on the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Teams

First Team
Carlos Rodon*, LHP, NC State
Trea Turner, SS, NC State
D.J. Stewart, OF, Florida State
* Projected National Player of the Year

Second Team
Trent Thornton, RHP, North Carolina
Bryan Radziewski, LHP, Miami
Luke Weaver, RHP, Florida State
Mark Zagunis, C, Virginia Tech
Skye Bolt, OF, North Carolina
Mike Papi, OF/1B, Virginia

Third Team
Daniel Gossett, RHP, Clemson
Brett Austin, C, NC State
Brandon Downes, OF, Virginia
Derek Fisher, OF, Virginia