Twenty-seven freshmen from ASN-affiliated schools were named to The 2015 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team.
The selections, made by Collegiate Baseball, included two players each from College of Charleston, Columbia, Rhode Island and Tennessee Tech.
Nearly half of the 27 came from the Colonial Athletic Association, Ivy League and the Ohio Valley Conference. Each conference had four players named to the team. Of the four players from the Ivy League, three were pitchers.
One of the two Rhode Island Rams named to the Freshman All-American team was pitcher Tyler Wilson. Wilson had a spectacular first year posting a 6-3 record with a 2.16 ERA. The left-hander won both the Pitcher of the Year Award in the Atlantic-10 as well as the conference’s Rookie of The Year Award. Rams second baseman Chris Hess, a first team Atlantic-10 member, was also named Freshman All-American with a .326 average.
Columbia shortstop Randell Kanemaru, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, made the squad after hitting .296 along with 6 doubles, 3 homers and 25 RBI. Lion teammate Harrisen Egly, a relief pitcher, was also named to the team.
Outfielder Ryan Brown and relief pitcher Carter Love from College of Charleston joined the squad as well.
Ohio Valley Conference Rookie of The Year Ryan Flick of Tennessee Tech is also on the team. Flick’s impressive first year included a .275 average with 10 homers, 57 RBI and 16 doubles as a designated hitter. Golden Eagles first baseman Chase Chambers was also named to the team.
Five other players also named their respective conference’s Rookie/Freshman of The Year were also named Freshman All-Americans. Ryan Chandler of Rice was the best freshman in Conference USA. An outfielder for the Owls, Chandler hit .302 on the year and had 34 RBI. Southern Conference Freshman of the Year Austin Edens swung a big bat for the Samford Bulldogs. The designated hitter hit .357 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI.
A .316 average for James Madison second baseman Kyle McPherson landed him the Rookie of the Year award in the Colonial Athletic Association and a spot on the Freshman All-American squad. Wright State first baseman Gabe Snyder earned a spot after winning the Horizon League Freshman of the Year. Snyder had a .273 average with 18 doubles and 48 RBI.
A .357 average along with 40 RBI helped Grand Canyon outfielder Garrison Schwartz win the WAC Rookie of The Year award and a spot on the Freshman All-American team.
Also named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team:
- Atlantic 10: St. Joseph’s catcher Deon Stafford
- Big South: Coastal Carolina pitcher Bobby Holmes
- CAA: Delaware third baseman Diaz Nardo
- Conference USA: Old Dominion infielder Zach Rutherford and outfielder Trent Bowles from Texas-San Antonio
- Horizon: Wright State infielder Matt Marrow
- Ivy League: pitchers Mason Kukowski of Yale and Dartmouth’s Patrick Peterson
- Southern: East Tennessee State catcher Hagen Owenby and Mercer outfielder Trey Truitt
- OVC: Jacksonville State second baseman Clayton Daniel and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville outfielder Dustin Woodcock
- Patriot: Lafayette shortstop Steven Cohen
- WAC: Seattle pitcher Tarik Skubal