With the start of the 2013 baseball campaign less than a month away the preseason honors are starting to roll in. Since the Cavaliers had another successful year in 2012, they also lost a significant amount of talent to the draft and graduation.
Fortunately for the Cavaliers, Derek Fisher was only a freshman last year and had quite the break out. After having one of the better 1st year seasons in recent memory, he was named to the Freshman All American team by both Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America.
He lead the team in Home Runs with seven, triples with eight, and was second on the team in extra base hits (Fisher had 26 and Stephen Bruno had 31). He also was able to lead the ACC freshmen in triples, Home Runs, RBI (50), and slugging (.507). While all these stats are great for being named to the freshmen All-America team, the best thing for UVa fans, is that Derek played in all 53 games last year and started 50 of them. He gained a lot of experience.
Because he was able to put up such great numbers as a first year, Perfect Game put Fisher on the 2nd team All-America for their preseason. He had a good year last year, and Perfect Game is one of many baseball outlets (including this one) who are going to expect big things from the 2nd year.
The ACC had four players spread across the two teams, but NC St. had the best showing, placing the returning ACC freshman and pitcher of the year Carlos Rodon on the first team along with the speed burner Trea Turner. UNC had the only other player on the list with Colin Moran joining Fisher on the second team.
Jared King also made the second team as well. Unfortunately, Kansas State has a Jared King as well.