Baseball America released their preseason All-America list today, and you may recognize a few names on it. Virginia’s Pavin Smith (first base) was the lone Wahoo on the first team as Ernie Clement (second base) and Adam Haseley (utility) were both named to the second team.
All three players were outstanding for the Hoos last season (and in the 2015 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP season). Smith was second team All-ACC last year for first base and was second on the team with 57 RBIs. Clement was the fourth toughest player to strike out last season (one strikeout in every 21.8 at bats) and made third team All-ACC. Haseley ended up as one of three finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player Award and made Baseball America’s third-team All-America team last year.
The Hoos were picked to finish second in the Coastal Division this season, and are ranked #16 by Baseball America, #17 by D1 Baseball, and #16 by Collegiate Baseball. Virginia opens their season against Liberty on February 17 in Charleston, SC for the Charleston Crab House Shootout.