Three From ACC Named BA First-Team Preseason All-America

Jan. 31, 2013

DURHAM, N.C.— NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon and shortstop Trea Turner, as well as North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran, were named to the 2013 Baseball America All-America preseason team announced on Thursday.

The ACC placed five student-athletes on the squad in all, as Virginia outfielder Derek Fisher and Georgia Tech designated hitter Daniel Palka were second-team selections.

No. 9 Stanford has the most first-teamers with three. Senior righthander Mark Appel is theonly repeat first-teamer from last year’s preseason team, and he is joined on the first team by Cardinal outfielder Austin Wilson and first baseman BrianRagira. No. 8 NC State is the only other team to land multiple players on the first team in Turner and Rodon.

Appel isn’t the only repeat All-American; Four other players earned preseason All-America honors a year ago and again heading into 2013. North Carolina’s Moran moves up from the second team last year to the first team this year. San Diego’s Kris Bryant and Arkansas’ Ryne Stanek jump from last year’s third team to this year’s first team. Florida’s Karsten Whitson repeats as a third-teamer, and Connecticut’s L.J. Mazzilli was a second-teamer last year but lands on the third team as a senior.

Baseball America annually polls major league scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of team success. For example, nine of the 15 draft-eligible members of last year's first team became first-round picks last June, two others were supplemental first-rounders, and all 15 were selected in the top three rounds. In all, 16 of the 18 players drafted in the first round out of four-year colleges last year appeared on one of BA’s three preseason All-America teams heading into the season.