A general view of TD Ameritrade Park Omaha before game 2 of the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Florida Gators in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The 2012 Preseason College Baseball All-America teams have been released, and Denver native Kevin Gausman has made the first-team as the LSU Tigers' ace.
Baseball America's Preseason All-America teams for the 2012 college baseball season have been released and there are three players of note Rockies fans should take note of for the upcoming 2012 MLB Draft.
On the first team, Colorado native Kevin Gausman is the No. 3 pitchers on the team. He pitches for the LSU Baseball America's write up (subscription required) believes he should just concentrate on one of the breaking pitches in order to make his pitching more effective. He is draft-eligible as a sophomore.and is considered one of the top draft prospects. He offers four pitchers with a fastball that reaches into the upper 90s, a changeup, a curveball and a slider. However,
Florida Gators outfielder Preston Tucker made the second team after returning to school for his senior season. The Rockies selected Tucker in the 16th round of the 2011 draft, but the team worked more toward signing first-round pick Tyler Anderson and third-rounder Peter O'Brien. The former signed but the latter returned to college and transferred to Miami. Tucker hit 15 home runs last season and batted .308/.381/.545.
Back in 2009, the Rockies selected Brandon Thomas in the 37th round of the draft. He elected to go to Georgia Tech and in 2012 he finds himself a preseason third-team All-America selection. He hit .307/.417/.429 with three home runs in 2011. He stole 19 of 22 bases, as well.
Gausman will almost certainly be a top 10 selection in June, and that could mean he'd return home to Colorado if he is there for the taking at the No. 10 overall pick. Tucker will be available for any team to draft and Thomas is eligible for the first time since 2009.