Baker, Schmidt Named Preseason All-Americans
DURHAM, NC - Clemson third baseman Jeff Baker and outfielder Jarrod
Schmidt were named to Baseball America's 2002 Preseason All-America
teams, as announced last week in Orlando, FL. Baker was a first-team
selection, while Schmidt garnered second-team honors.
Baker, a postseason first-team All-American by Baseball America at
the end of the 2001 season, is the top returning home run hitter in
major college baseball this season. The junior third baseman belted
an ACC-best 23 home runs last year, one short of the Clemson single
season record. He set school marks for the most home runs after two
seasons (34) and most multi-homer games in a season (five) and career
Schmdit was selected to the second team as an outfielder. The junior
showed his versatility in 2001 by drilling 16 home runs and 51 RBIs
as a designated hitter and first baseman. He was also a valuable
contributor on the mound as the right-hander finished second on the
team in wins (seven) and strikeouts (59).
Scouting directors of Scouting directors of major league clubs voted
on the Baseball America preseason teams and made their selections
based on performance, talent and major league potential.
Both of Clemson's selections were also named preseason All-Americans
by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in November
along with teammates Michael Johnson (1B) and Steve Reba (RHP).
The Tigers, ranked second by Baseball America and sixth by Collegiate
Baseball, open the 2002 campaign at home with a three-game series
against Auburn at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Feb. 22-24.
For a complete list of the Baseball America Preseason All-America
teams, please visit http://www.baseballamerica.com.