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The JuCo Baseball Blog All-Americans

The season is over. The National Title has been played. It is time for the Off-Season and the grind for next years National Championship to start.

This year saw some of the best JuCo Baseball played in recent years. Pitchers who could flat out pitch and hitters who just did what they wanted to do at the plate.

Player of The Year:

Freshman First Baseman Joey Polak from Jefferson College (MO)-Missouri State Commit (D1)

What else can be said for the Red Shirt Freshman. After transferring in from the University of South Carolina. He Led the country in 3 different offensive categories RBI (107), Total Bases (216), and Home Runs (32). He was Top 10 in 5 others: 2nd in Hits (100) and Slugging % (.991), 6th in On Base % (.550), and 9th in Runs (82) and Batting Avg (.459). On top of all this he had 20 Doubles and a .985 Fielding %

Pitcher of the Year:

Sophomore Starting Pitcher Sean Chandler from Iowa Western-

Tulane Commit (D1)

With an 11-0 record he helped the Reivers punch their 4th trip to Grand Junction in the past 5 Years. This season he made 14 Appearances with 13 of those being starts. In his 74.o Innings of work this season he posted a 1.34 ERA which led the country, and had 123 K’s (5th) which turned into a 14.96 K/9 (7th). He also had 2 Shutouts (9th)

2-Way Player of the Year:

Sophomore Starting Pitcher/INF Landon Knack from Walter State- East Tennessee State University Commit (D1)

What could be said for this guy. On the mound he Led the country in mound with 13, didn’t have a single loss. He made 16 Appearances with all those being Starts. With that he had 3 Complete games 1 being a Shutout. He pitched 92.2 Innings only giving up 28 runs. He posted a 3.01 ERA, with 112 K’s and a K/9 of 10.88.

At the plate this season he hit .343 with a .450 OBP. He was one of the big offensive leader for Walter State this season. He had 11 Hr with 37 RBI. In the field he posted a .983 Fielding %.

Pitchers:

Starting Pitcher: Sophomore Zach Jackson from Crowder-

Arkansas State Commit (D1)

11-0, 14 Starts, 8 Complete Games (1st), 1 Shutout, 86.1 IP, 43 Runs, 3.13 ERA, 82 K’s, 8.55 K’s

Relief Pitcher: Freshman Cole Larson from Cowley

6-2, 23 Appearances, 6 Starts, 4 Saves, 3 Complete Games, 2 Shutouts, 68.0 IP, 1.46 ERA, 76 K’s, 10.06 K/9

Closer: Sophomore Tallon Thomason from South Mountain-

Lewis and Clark State College (NAIA)

24 Appearances, 5-0, 16 Saves (1st), 34.0 IP, 10 Runs, 2.38 ERA, 42 K’s, 11.12 K/9

Infield:

Catcher: Sophomore Conrado Diaz from Trinidad State

.491 Batting Avg (1st), .624 OBP (1st), Slugging %, .848, 76 RBI, 81 Hits, 20 Doubles, 13 Home Runs, 7 Stolen Bases, 81 Runs, .974 Fielding %

Infield 1: Sophomore Max Guzman from Chipola-

Florida International Commit (D1)

.405 Batting Avg, .536 OBP, .727 Slugging %, 76 RBI, 83 Hits, 13 Doubles, 1 Triple, 17 Home Runs, 1 Stolen Base, 66 Runs, .982 Fielding %

Infield 2: Sophomore Michael Lawson from Panola

.453 Batting Avg, .555 OBP, .654 Slugging %, 64 RBI, 97 Hits, 21 Doubles, 2 Triples, 6 Home Runs, 9 Stolen Bases, 63 Runs, .986 Fielding %

Infield 3: Sophomore Leniel Gonzalez from USC Sumter

.414 Batting Avg. .560 OBP, .679 Sluggin %, 40 RBI, 58 Hits, 7 Doubles, 10 Home Runs, 39 Runs, .997 Fielding %

Infield 4: Freshman Zach Sweet from Cisco Sam Houston State Commit (D1)

.421 Batting Avg, .471 OBP, .639 Slugging %, 51 RBI, 85 Hits, 18 Doubles, 7 Triples, 4 Home Runs, 11 Stolen Bases, 55 Runs, .924 Fielding %

Outfield:

Outfield 1: Sophomore Mark Castelblaco from Clarendon

.454 Batting Avg, .550 OBP, 1.017 Slugging % (1st), 93 RBI, 79 Hits, 15 Doubles, 4 Triples, 25 Home Runs, 19 Stolen Bases, 80 Runs, .952 Fielding %

Outfield 2: Sophomore Luis Pelajo from Connors State

.469 Batting Avg, .547 OBP, .684 Slugging %, 78 RBI, 98 Hits, 20 Doubles, 5 Triples, 5 Home Runs, 8 Stolen Bases, 83 Runs, .965 Fielding %

Outfield 3: Freshman Alex Peterson from Cowley

.447 Batting Avg, .525 OBP, .691 Slugging %, 88 RBI, 97 Hits, 16 Doubles, 8 Triples, 7 Home Runs, 23 Stolen Bases, 68 Runs, .959 Fielding %

Utility: Sophomore Rankin Woley from Chattahoochee Valley

.460 Batting Avg, .515 OBP, .767 Slugging %, 93 RBI, 93 Hits, 27 Doubles, 1 Triple, 11 Home Runs, 1 Stolen Bases, 58 Runs, .955 Fielding %

Designated Hitter: Freshman Saul Garza from Howard-

LSU Commit (D1)

.378 Batting Avg, .486 OBP, .899 Slugging %, 65 RBI, 56 Hits, 6 Doubles, 1 Triple, 23 Home Runs, 6 Stolen Bases, 55 Runs, .987 Fielding %

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