2012 Preseason College Baseball All-America Teams: Several Players Drafted By Colorado Rockies Make Appearances

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, as have several players who were drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the past.

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2012 Golden Spikes Award Watch List: Kevin Gausman, Preston Tucker, Ross Stripling And Peter O'Brien Make The Cut

USA Baseball released its 2012 preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Thursday afternoon, and several players with some local ties made the cut. Kevin Gausman, a Denver-native and starting pitcher for the LSU Tigers, is one of the top players to watch this season. And three players who were drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2011 -- but didn't sign with the team -- also made the list: Preston Tucker of the University of Florida, Ross Stripling of Texas A&M University and Peter O'Brien of the University of Miami (FL).

Related: 2012 Preseason College Baseball All-America Teams: Kevin Gausman, Preston Tucker And Brandon Thomas Appear

The Golden Spikes award is given to the person judged to be the top amateur baseball player in the nation. This initial 50-man watch list will be expanded to 60 at midseason (May 1), and then they will begin to narrow down the candidates. The award will be presented to the winner between July 9 and July 13.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more Colorado Rockies coverage, head over to Purple Row. And for more on Major League Baseball prospects, visit Minor League Ball.

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2012 Preseason College Baseball All-America Teams: Preston Tucker, Peter O'Brien And Ross Stripling Make College Baseball Daily Squad

As the start of the college baseball season nears, publications have started releasing their preseason All-America teams. College Baseball Daily released its first and second teams on Monday, and there are a few names on the list that may be of interest to Rockies fans, as they were all drafted by Colorado in the 2011 MLB draft (and did not sign with the club). They are:

First Team
Preston Tucker (University of Florida)

Second Team
Peter O'Brien (University of Miami FL)
Ross Stripling (Texas A&M University)

Related: 2012 Preseason College Baseball All-America Teams: Kevin Gausman, Preston Tucker And Brandon Thomas Appear

Tucker hit .308/.381/.545 with 15 home runs and 74 RBI for the Gators in 2011. O'Brien hit .304/.382/.557 and pitcher Ross Stripling went 14-2 with a 2.29 ERA in 2011. Stripling walked just 18 batters in 125 2/3 innings pitched.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more Colorado Rockies coverage, head over to Purple Row. And for more on Major League Baseball prospects, visit Minor League Ball.

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2012 Preseason College Baseball All-America Teams: Kevin Gausman, Preston Tucker And Brandon Thomas Appear

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.

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