Eight From ACC Named To NCBWA Preseason All-America Team

Dec. 13, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Eight Atlantic Coast Conference baseball student-athletes have been named to the 13th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason All-America team.

The conference contingent includes one first-team selection in NC State sophomore Carlos Rodon, the 2012 ACC Freshman and Pitcher of the Year.

Virginia Tech sophomore catcher Mark Zagunis, NC State sophomore third baseman Trea Turner, Georgia Tech senior starting pitcher Buck Farmer and North Carolina junior starting pitcher Kent Emanuel were named to the second team.

Third team selections include Georgia Tech senior outfielder Brandon Thomas, Florida State sophomore starting pitcher Mike Compton and Miami junior relief pitcher A.J. Salcines.

Rodon landed on the first team following  a 9-0 freshman campaign. The Holly Springs, N.C., native finished with a 1.57 ERA, the fourth best in the nation and tops in the ACC over 114.2 innings. Rodon's 135 strikeouts finished one shy of Duke’s Marcus Stroman for the conference lead, and earned him a share of third in the NCAA.

After becoming the first freshman in conference history named ACC Pitcher of the Year and ACC Freshman of the Year, Rodon completed another first by reaching the finals of the Golden Spikes Award.
Rodon then pitched for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team. PerfectGame.org named Rodon the top prospect on the national team at the conclusion of the summer.

Virginia Tech’s Zagunis was named to three Freshman All-America teams following 2012 numbers that included posting a team-high 18 multi-hit games, including five games with three hits and one game with four. He was fourth on the team in both multi-RBI games (8) and multi-run games (9) and led the team with a 13-game hitting streak and a 26-game reached base streak (the longest at school since 2009).

NC State’s Turner managed an NCBWA second- team mention at third base after hitting .336 and leading the nation with 57 stolen bases in 2012.

Georgia Tech’s workhorse last season, Farmer logged 106.2 innings (third in the ACC) and posted a 3.54 ERA and 8-4 record.  He allowed 100 hits, while striking out 115 against 37 walks.  The Conyers, Ga., native enters his senior season ranked 13th on Tech’s all-time strikeouts list (265), 15th in career wins (24), 20th in career winning percentage (.750, 24-8) and 16th in career ERA (3.27).

Emanuel posted an 8-4 record with a 1.96 ERA a year ago as North Carolina's Friday night starter. The Woodstock, Ga., native made 17 appearances, including 16 starts en route to 110 innings of work. Emanuel struck out 100 batters while walking just 23 batters on the year.

Thomas returns after leading the ACC Champion Yellow Jackets offensively last season, hitting a career-best .360, with 15 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 44 RBI and 12 stolen bases.  The five-tool, Atlanta native was a second-team Academic All-America In 2012 and also named Academic All-ACC.

Compton posted a 12-2 record with a 2.87 ERA in 18 starts in his first season at Florida State in 2012. The right hander made an immediate impact on FSU's starting rotation last year earning a spot in the weekend rotation in the series opener against Hofstra. He would maintain his spot in the rotation throughout the Seminoles' run to the College World Series.

Miami’s Salcines finished the 2012 season ranked second on the team with seven saves and anchored the Hurricanes' bullpen in his sophomore campaign. The southpaw ranked first among all Canes pitchers with an ERA of 1.40, having allowed only six earned runs in 38.2 innings of work.  Salcines tied for first in the ACC with 39 appearances.

The college baseball season opens on Friday, Feb. 15. The 2012 ACC Championship will be held at Durham (N.C.) Bulls Athletic Park from May 22-26.

Please see the link below for the complete NCBWA preseason All-America team release: