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June 16, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. – Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal and Florida State outfielder/pitcher Mike McGee earned first-team spots on the 2010 Baseball America All-America Teams announced Wednesday. The first, second and third teams featured a total of six Atlantic Coast Conference players in all. Florida State outfielder Tyler Holt, Clemson outfielder Kyle Parker and Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen received second-team honors, while and Georgia Tech’s Derek Dietrch was named to the third team.
The race for BA's Player of the Year award was more wide open in 2010 than it has been in years. Anthony Rendon, a third baseman for Rice and perhaps the most talented player in the nation, finally separated himself from the pack with a torrid finishing stretch, becoming just the fourth sophomore to win BA's award. The others were special talents who went on to long, successful big league careers: Robin Ventura of Oklahoma State (1987), John Olerud of Washington State (1988) and Mark Teixeira of Georgia Tech (2000). Rendon fits the same mold. The early favorite to be drafted No. 1 overall in 2011, Rendon put up numbers that match his prodigious talent, hitting .394/.530/.801 with 26 home runs and 85 RBIs, while finishing the season with a 23-game errorless stretch at third.
Rendon is one of five repeat members of Baseball America's All-America team. Rendon, Cal State Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon and Florida State two-way talent Mike McGee were second-team selections a year ago who moved up to the first team this year. McGee's FSU teammate, outfielder Tyler Holt, repeated as a second-team choice. And Virginia lefthander Danny Hultzen earned second-team honors as a sophomore this spring, a year after landing on the third team as a freshman two-way player.
Five members of BA's preseason All-America first team earned first-team honors, as well: Rendon, Colon, Auburn slugger Hunter Morris and lefthanders Drew Pomeranz and Chris Sale. Overall, 18 preseason All-Americans landed on the postseason team.
Seventeen conferences are represented on the three All-America teams, and 10 conferences landed multiple players on the teams, led by the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conferences with six apiece. The SEC also placed three players on the first team, more than any other league. The Pacific-10, Big East and Big 12 conferences each produced five players on the three teams.
Just two freshmen made the three teams: first-team outfielder Jeremy Baltz of St. John's and second-team pitcher Matt Purke of Texas Christian. And there was only one senior on any of the teams: first-team DH Chris Duffy of Central Florida.
The staff of Baseball America selects the All-America teams after the round of super regional play. For more information on Baseball America magazine, visit http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/awards/all-america-teams/2010/2610201.html.