The 2015 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Baseball Team was selected by USA TODAY’s Jim Halley, in consultation with coaches. All statistics are from last season unless otherwise noted. Players are listed alphabetically.
Kolby Allard, LHP, 6-0, 170, San Clemente (Calif.)
The UCLA signee will probably never end up on campus as he is expected to be a high first-round draft pick. Though he’s not tall for a pitcher, he throws in the mid-90s with a decent breaking ball. He led the Tritons with a 1.32 ERA and 6-2 record with 98 strikeouts in 63.2 innings and was the MVP of the Perfect Game All-American Classic in August.
Christifer Andritsos, RHP-1B, 6-4, 230, The Woodlands (Texas)
Oklahoma signee went 10-0 with a 1.51 ERA, striking out 107 batters in 74.1 innings with only 10 walks. He also hit .453 with 11 homers, eight doubles and 35 RBI.
Luken Baker, RHP-1B-OF, 6-4, 240, Oak Ridge, (Conroe, Texas)
Texas Christian signee won the Under Armour Home Run Derby and the MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby last summer. He hit .430 with 30 RBI and was 8-3 with a 1.40 and 96 strikeouts in 65 innings.
Chris Betts, C, 6-2, 210, Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.)
Tennessee signee hit .330 with five home runs. Finished second in Area Code Games home run derby.
Beau Burrows, RHP, 6-2, 200, Weatherford (Texas)
Texas A&M signee has steadily improved his velocity. Was 5-1 with 101 strikeouts and 27 walks in 55.2 innings with a 0.75 ERA.
Daz Cameron, OF, 6-0, 186, Eagles Landing (McDonough, Ga.)
Florida State signee is the son of former major league outfielder Mike Cameron. Hit .390 with six home runs and 26 RBI, while helping the Chargers earn a 28-3 record and advance to the Class A Final Four.
Trenton Clark, OF, 6-foot, 200, Richland (North Richland Hills, Texas)
Texas Tech signee hit .538 to lead Team USA in the COPABE Pan American Games. At Richland last season as a junior, he hit .441 (49-for-111) with 48 runs, 10 home runs, 38 RBI, 28 walks, only six strikeouts and 19 stolen bases.
T.J. Collett, C, 6-1, 210, North Vigo (Terre Haute, Ind.)
Junior has said he plans to sign with Kentucky. He hit .536 with 17 homers and 51 RBI, leading team to Class 4A runner-up finish.
Cadyn Grenier, SS-RHP, 5-10, 188, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Oregon State signee hit .491 with 31 RBI, 49 runs, eight doubles, 16 stolen bases and four home runs.
Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B-RHP, 6-1, 207, Concordia Lutheran (Tomball, Texas)
Tennessee signee is the son of former Major League third baseman Charlie Hayes. He hit .419 with 27 RBI for Concordia Lutheran then hit .486 with a .629 slugging percentage over 11 games for Team USA last summer.
Lucas Herbert, C, 6-1, 195, San Clemente (Calif.)
UCLA signee led the U.S. 18U National Team to a gold medal at the COPABE Pan American Games. At San Clemente, he hit .284 with 11 doubles and 16 RBI and 24 runs in 33 games.
Justin Hooper, LHP, 6-7, 230, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
His fastball tops out at 97 mph. The UCLA signee was 6-3 with a 2.04 ERA and had 58 strikeouts in 44.2 innings, holding opponents to a .128 batting average.
Alonzo Jones, INF-OF, 5-10, 182, Columbus (Ga.)
Vanderbilt commit hit .394 with 22 stolen bases. Runs the 60-yard dash between 6.17 and 6.33 seconds.
Nick Madrigal, SS, 5-7, 145, Elk Grove (Calif.)
Oregon State signee hit .421 with seven doubles, 15 RBI and 28 stolen bases for Elk Grove and is known for his defense. He hit .481 with seven RBI and seven stolen bases for the USA Baseball 18U National team in the Pan Am Games.
Mike Nikorak, RHP, 6-4, 205, Stroudsburg (Pa.)
The Alabama signee had a strong summer, throwing as fast as 97 mph with a decent curve and change-up. At Stroudsburg, he was 4-3 with a 1.01 ERA, striking out 66 batters in 47.2 innings.
Nick Plummer, OF-DH, 5-11, 205, Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Kentucky signee hit a team-leading .573 with 34 RBI, 16 doubles, three triples and eight homers.
Austin Riley, INF-RHP, 6-3, 235, DeSoto Central (Southaven, Miss.)
Mississippi State signee hit .486 with nine homers, 35 RBI and 10 doubles and led team to 6A runner-up finish. He was also 8-3 with a 1.51 ERA and 79 strikeouts and 21 walks in 63.1 innings.
Brendan Rodgers, SS, 6-1, 190, Lake Mary (Fla.)
Florida State commit hit .397 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 22 games.
Ashe Russell, RHP-OF, 6-4, 195, Cathedral (Indianapolis)
Texas A&M signee was 8-1 with an 0.88 ERA and 74 strikeouts and eight walks in 49 innings. Throws a mid-90s fastball. Hit .371 with 25 RBI and 21 runs.
Garrett Whitley, OF, 6-2, 200, Niskayuna (N.Y.)
Wake Forest signee hit .474 with 10 doubles, two homers, 25 RBI and a .569 on-base percentage.