Three Named to 'Collegiate Baseball' Preseason Team
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Rhymes was named to the first-team squad, and Katz and Nola were voted to the second team.
Rhymes, a 2012 first-team all-American and the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, hit an NCAA-leading .431 (100-for-232) last season, establishing an LSU record for single-season batting average. The Monroe, La. native recorded 11 doubles, four homers, 53 RBI, a .530 slugging percentage and a .489 on-base percentage.
Rhymes, a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, led the conference in hits (100) and on-base percentage (.489), and he was No. 5 in the league in RBI (53), No. 6 in slugging percentage (.530) and No. 8 in total bases (123).
Katz, a 2012 second-team all-SEC selection, hit .320 last season with 15 doubles, one triple, a team-high 13 homers and 52 RBI. Katz, a product of Harahan, La., led the SEC in runs scored (65), and he was No. 3 in the league in home runs, No. 4 in slugging percentage (.552), No. 4 in total bases (133) and No. 6 in RBI.
Katz, a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, is the leading returning home run hitter in the league for the 2013 season.
Nola, a right-hander from Baton Rouge, earned 2012 Freshman all-America recognition and he was voted to the Freshman all-SEC team by the league's coaches. He was 7-4 last season with a 3.61 ERA in 89.2 innings, recording 89 strikeouts and only seven walks.
Nola finished No. 1 in the SEC in fewest walks allowed and in batters struck out looking (40), and he was No. 9 in the league in overall strikeouts. He was named to the 2012 NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team after defeating UL-Monroe in the Tigers' opening game of the regional on June 1. Nola limited the Warhawks to one run on four hits in a career-high eight innings with a career-best 10 strikeouts.
LSU opens the 2013 season at 7 p.m. on February 15, when the Tigers play host to Maryland in Alex Box Stadium.
Collegiate Baseball 2013 Preseason All-America Teams
RHP Nick Petree, Missouri St. (10-4, 1.01 ERA, 114 K, went 73 innings without allowing earned run)
RHP Mark Appel, Stanford (10-2, 2.56 ERA, 130 K, 30 BB, possible top pick in 2013 Draft)
LHP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State (9-0, 1.57 ERA, 135 K, 41 BB)
RHP Trevor Williams, Arizona St. (12-2, 2.05 ERA, 59 K, 13 BB)
RHP Adam Plutko, UCLA (12-3, 2.48 ERA, 99 K, 47 BB)
LHP Sean Manaea, Indiana St. (dominated Cape Cod League with 95 mph fastball, 5-1, 1.22 ERA, 85 K)
Relief Jimmie Sherfy, Oregon (19 SV, 5-3, 2.20 ERA, 93 K, 34 BB)
C Mitchell Garver, New Mexico (great defense, .377, 10 HR, 27 2B, 57 RBI)
1B George Roberts, Kent St. (.364, 8 HR, 23 2B, 66 RBI)
2B L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut (.339, 9 HR, 19 2B, 30 RBI, 16 SB)
3B D.J. Peterson, New Mexico (.419, 17 HR, 21 2B, 78 RBI)
SS Trea Turner, N.C. State (.336, 5 HR, 13 2B, 43 RBI, 57 SB)
OF Raph Rhymes, LSU (.431, 4 HR, 11 2B, 53 RBI)
OF Michael Conforto, Oregon St. (.349, 13 HR, 14 2B, 76 RBI)
OF Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist (.374, 13 HR, 23 2B, 58 RBI, 15 SB)
DH Nick Backlund, Mercer (.381, 16 HR, 16 2B, 58 RBI)
UT (CF/RHP) Michael Lorenzen, Cal. St. Fullerton (.297, 20 2B, 43 RBI, 14 SB, 16 SV, 1.23 ERA)
RHP Ryne Stanek, Arkansas
LHP Kent Emanuel, North Carolina
LHP Dillon Overton, Oklahoma
RHP Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma
RHP Chris Rowley, Army
RHP Buck Farmer, Georgia Tech.
RHP Konner Wade, Arizona
LHP Corey Littrell, Kentucky
RHP Tyler Skulina, Kent St.
RHP Bobby Wahl, Mississippi
RHP Aaron Nola, LSU
Relief Corey Knebel, Texas
Relief Aaron Burke, Coastal Carolina
C Grayson Greiner, South Carolina
C Spencer Navin, Vanderbilt
1B Mason Katz, LSU
1B Conrad Gregor, Vanderbilt
2B Erich Weiss, Texas
3B Kris Bryant, San Diego
SS Adam Frazier, Mississippi St.
OF Johnny Field, Arizona
OF Austin Cousino, Kentucky
OF Austin Wilson, Stanford
UT Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga
RHP Preston Morrison, Texas Christian
RHP Andrew Mitchell, Texas Christian
LHP Brandon Leibrandt, Florida St.
RHP Mike Compton, Florida St.
LHP Jordan Montgomery, South Carolina
RHP Colby Holmes, South Carolina
RHP Andrew Pierce, Southern Mississippi
LHP Ben Wetzler, Oregon St.
RHP Jonathon Crawford, Florida
RHP Austin Kubitza, Rice
Relief Preston Hatcher, Western Carolina
Relief Michael Wagner, San Diego
Relief Dan Slania, Notre Dame
Relief Jonathan Holder, Mississippi St.
Relief Colby Suggs, Arkansas
Relief Tyler Webb, South Carolina
Relief Ryan Connolly, Coastal Carolina
C Riley Moore, Arizona
C Austin Wynns, Fresno St.
1B Brian Ragira, Stanford
1B Johnny Coy, Wichita St.
1B Ryan Padilla, New Mexico
2B Steve Wilkerson, Clemson
2B Jordan Hankins, Austin Peay St.
2B Dominic Ficociello, Arkansas
2B Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt
3B Colin Moran, North Carolina
3B Eric Jagielo, Notre Dame
3B Joey Cujas, Virginia Commonwealth
3B Alex Blandino, Stanford
3B Jose Trevino, Oral Roberts
SS Hunter Dozier, Stephen F. Austin
SS Parker Hipp, New Mexico St.
OF Hunter Renfroe, Mississippi St.
OF Phillip Ervin, Samford
OF Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech.
OF Bill Cullen, Virginia Commonwealth
OF Tyler Molinaro, N.C. Wilmington
UT Desmond Russell, Jackson St.