Chris Sale Named Preseason All-American by Baseball America
Friday, February 05, 2010
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU junior pitcher Chris Sale was named First Team Preseason All-American as announced by Baseball America on Friday.

Sale (Lakeland, Fla.), a Preseason All-Conference selection and A-Sun Preseason Pitcher of the Year, enters the 2010 season owning a 9-4 career record with three saves and a 2.94 ERA in 35 appearances. The Eagles’ junior lefthander posted a 2.72 ERA a season ago ranking him second in the Atlantic Sun. Sale ranked 26th in the nation in ERA and 26th in strikeouts (104) in 2009. Sale picked up Louisville Slugger Preseason Second Team All-American honors in addition to preseason Second Team recognition from PING!Baseball. Sale earned Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year honors over the summer and Baseball America named Sale the top prospect in the Cape Cod League. He also earned First-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors in 2009.

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, 11 of the 15 college players drafted in the first round last June appeared on Baseball America's preseason All-America list—eight of them on the first team. And for the second year in a row, 11 of last year's preseason All-Americans played for teams that reached the College World Series.

The Atlantic Coast Conference placed 10 players on the team, behind only the SEC with 13. The Big 12 and Conference USA each landed four players on the team, while the Pacific-10, Big West and Big Ten produced two All-Americans apiece. Eight other conferences placed one player apiece on the team: The Atlantic Sun, Big East, Mid-American, Mountain West, Ohio Valley, Southland, Sun Belt and West Coast conferences.

Baseball America First Team All-American Team

Pos. Player, School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI SB
C Micah Gibbs, Louisiana State Jr. B-R 5-11 207 .294 .403 .454 238 58 70 6 42 2
1B Hunter Morris, Auburn Jr. L-R 6-2 208 .282 .379 .503 195 39 55 12 33 2
2B Ross Wilson, Alabama Jr. R-R 5-11 185 .353 .454 .567 215 59 76 9 47 8
3B Anthony Rendon, Rice So. R-R 5-11 180 .388 .461 .702 242 60 94 20 72 9
SS Christian Colon, Cal State Fullerton Jr. R-R 6-0 180 .357 .442 .529 255 82 91 8 40 15
OF Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee State Jr. R-R 6-0 185 .465 .535 .930 230 79 107 28 73 6
OF Todd Cunningham, Jacksonville State Jr. B-R 6-1 205 .339 .424 .602 236 66 80 10 47 9
OF Jarrett Parker, Virginia Jr. L-L 6-3 190 .355 .450 .664 265 76 94 16 65 20
DH Zack Cox, Arkansas So. L-R 6-0 215 .271 .356 .569 181 39 49 12 36 1
UT Brett Eibner, Arkansas Jr. R-R 6-4 210 .224 .382 .485 134 32 30 10 29

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Pos. Player, School     Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO AVG
SP Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech     Jr. R-R 6-6 218 11 2 3.50 16 0 100 86 41 118 .232
SP Drew Pomeranz, Mississippi     Jr. L-L 6-5 220 8 4 3.40 16 0 95 85 37 124 .237
SP Anthony Ranaudo, Louisiana State     Jr. R-R 6-7 230 12 3 3.04 19 0 124 93 50 159 .209
SP Chris Sale, Florida Gulf Coast     Jr. L-L 6-6 172 7 4 2.72 14 1 89 83 27 104 .246
RP Kevin Jacob, Georgia Tech     Jr. R-R 6-6 228 5 3 4.69 22 0 56 58 29 54 .270
UT Brett Eibner, Arkansas     Jr. R-R 6-4 210 5 4 4.61 16 0 70 60 33 66 .236