Baseball Battery Named Preseason All-Americans

LSU catcher Micah Gibbs
LSU catcher Micah Gibbs
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BATON ROUGE -- LSU junior pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and junior catcher Micah Gibbs were named 2010 first-team preseason All-Americans Friday by Baseball America magazine.

LSU junior outfielder Leon Landry earned third-team preseason All-America recognition from the magazine.

The Southeastern Conference led all conferences with 13 players on Baseball America's preseason All-America team.

The SEC also placed seven players on the first team-four more than any other conference. Third-ranked LSU, No. 6 Georgia Tech and No. 17 Arkansas each landed two players on the first team to lead all schools. The Tigers and Razorbacks tied top-ranked Texas with three All-Americans overall, more than any other school.

Ranaudo was the Tigers' No. 1 starter throughout the 2009 season, recording a 12-3 mark and a 3.04 ERA in 19 starts (124.1 innings) with 50 walks and 159 strikeouts. The junior right-hander from Jackson, N.J. finished No. 3 in the nation in strikeouts and No. 5 in wins.

Ranaudo, a 2009 third-team All-America and second-team All-SEC selection, became the first LSU pitcher to lead the SEC in strikeouts since Kurt Ainsworth (157 Ks) in 1999. He was the winning pitcher in the deciding game of the College World Series Finals versus Texas on June 24, working 5.1 innings while allowing four runs on eight hits with five walks and four strikeouts.

Gibbs was named to the 2009 Rawlings NCAA Division I Gold Glove Team as one of college baseball's top defensive players. The product of Pflugerville, Texas, was also voted to the SEC All-Defensive Team by the league coaches.

Gibbs batted .294 last season with 16 doubles, two triples, six homers, 42 RBI and 58 runs. He helped lead the Tigers to the national championship by hitting .357 in the College World Series with three RBI and six runs scored.

Gibbs recorded a .989 fielding percentage during the '09 season, committing only seven errors. He threw out 22 runners attempting to steal and was charged with just four passed balls.

Landry, a Baton Rouge native, was rated the No. 14 prospect by Baseball America last summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Playing for the Harwich (Mass.) Mariners, he batted .364 (36-for-99) with four doubles, two homers and 12 RBI in 24 games.

Landry hit .300 last season for LSU with 12 homers, the third-highest total on the squad. He was 51-for-170 at the plate with 10 doubles, 41 RBI, 38 runs and nine steals.

Landry tied the LSU single-game record for home runs when he launched three dingers against Mississippi State on May 16.

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.

First Team
Pos. Player, School
C Micah Gibbs, LSU
1B Hunter Morris, Auburn
2B Ross Wilson, Alabama
3B Anthony Rendon, Rice
SS Christian Colon, Cal State Fullerton
OF Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee State
OF Todd Cunningham, Jacksonville State
OF Jarrett Parker, Virginia
DH Zack Cox, Arkansas
UT Brett Eibner, Arkansas
SP Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech
SP Drew Pomeranz, Mississippi
SP Anthony Ranaudo, LSU
SP Chris Sale, Florida Gulf Coast
RP Kevin Jacob, Georgia Tech
UT Brett Eibner, Arkansas

Second Team
Pos. Player, School
C Yasmani Grandal, Miami
1B Andy Wilkins, Arkansas
2B Kolbrin Vitek, Ball State
3B Tony Thompson, Kansas
SS Rick Hague, Rice
OF Gary Brown, Cal State Fullerton
OF Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington
OF Tyler Holt, Florida State
DH Mickey Wiswall, Boston College
UT Danny Hultzen, Virginia
SP Gerrit Cole, UCLA
SP Sonny Gray, Vanderbilt
SP Taylor Jungmann, Texas
SP Alex Wimmers, Ohio State
RP Kevin Rhoderick, Oregon State
UT Danny Hultzen, Virginia

Third Team
Pos. Player, School
C Cameron Rupp, Texas
1B Cody Hawn, Tennessee
2B Chris Bisson, Kentucky
3B Rob Segedin, Tulane
SS B.A. Vollmuth, Southern Mississippi
OF Ryan LaMarre, Michigan
OF Leon Landry, LSU
OF Austin Wates, Virginia Tech
DH Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia
UT Mike McGee, Florida State

SP Jack Armstrong, Vanderbilt
SP Kyle Blair, San Diego
SP Jesse Hahn, Virginia Tech
SP Brandon Workman, Texas
RP Addison Reed, San Diego State
UT Mike McGee, Florida State





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