As with this post last year, this 'team' is clearly just for discussion sake and it is strictly my own opinion. Hopefully it creates some local interest in our D1 programs. This year the team is heavily loaded with Stanford players, and if you read a post of mine a couple of seasons ago, about the freshmen on the 2010 Stanford team, well, you know this group of juniors has had star potential all along. What I like about this group though is that another team, and not one you might expect, is also heavily represented.
Contrary to popular belief, Cal and Stanford are not the only programs with good players. Furthermore, the players listed are not the only good players at those positions and in some cases, I might have a player out of the position he will end up playing this season. These are the programs I am picking players from: Cal, Cal Poly, UC Davis, Fresno State, Nevada, Pacific, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, USF, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Stanford. I include Cal Poly because they have so many NoCal players we are familiar with and we should claim them as our own rather than ceding them to SoCal. I will just list the positions and the names, no reports or specific thoughts...
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The players were selected because I think they will have the best all-around college seasons in 2012 (offense & defense) but yes, previous performance certainly counts. These players are not necessarily going to be the best pro prospects, though on this year's team, the best pro prospects seem to be represented. With no further ado, let's go with a 1st team (9 offensive players, 3 starting pitchers, 1 closer/short reliever) and a 2nd team (9 offensive players, 3 starting pitchers, 1 closer/short reliever). I am also listing last year's stats.
Catchers Chadd Krist (Sr) Cal / .297, 27 2B, 2 HR, 43 RBI
1st Base Troy Channing (Sr) Saint Mary's / .264, 9 2B, 8 HR, 27 RBI
2nd Base Tony Renda (Jr) Cal / .332, 14 2B, 3 HR, 44 RBI
Shortstop Kenny Diekroeger (Jr) Stanford / .293, 8 2B, 3 HR, 31 RBI
3rd Base Patrick Wisdom (Jr) Saint Mary's / .351, 16 2B, 8 HR, 46 RBI
Left Field Aaron Judge (So) Fresno State / .358, 12 2B, 2 HR, 30 RBI
Center Field Brian Ragira (So) Stanford / .329, 7 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 46 RBI
Right Field Austin Wilson (So) Stanford / .311, 7 2B, 5 HR, 30 RBI
Designated Hitter Stephen Piscotty (Jr) Stanford / .364, 13 2B, 3 HR, 40 RBI
Starting Pitchers Mark Appel (Jr) Stanford, Kyle Zimmer (Jr) USF, Martin Agosta (Jr) Saint Mary's
Reliever Zack Jones (Jr)