ABCA/Rawlings name 3 Gophers All-Americans

Published 11:01 am Sunday, June 17, 2018

The American Baseball Coaches Associations (ABCA) announced the 2018 ABCA/Rawlings Division I All-America teams Saturday at the NCAA College World Series with three Gopher baseball players among the selections.

Minnesota, Oregon State and Stanford are the only teams to be represented  by three players on this year’s teams. Terrin Vavra received a First Team All-America selection, the fifth such honor for the shortstop. Starting pitcher Patrick Fredrickson landed on the Second Team, while relief pitcher Max Meyer earned a Third Team honor.

Terrin Vavra earned First Team All-America selections from the ABCA, Baseball America,, NCBWA, and a second team selection from Perfect Game. He batted third in 58 games for the high-powered Gophers line-up this season, ranking 20th in the country with a team-leading .386 batting average. The First Team All-Big Ten selection drove in 59 runs and crossed the plate 55 times. Vavra ranked in the top 50 in the country with his 86 hits, and in the top 100 with a .455 on-base percentage and .614 slugging percentage. He ranked among the toughest players to strike out in the country at 10.1 plate appearances per punch out. He also led the Gophers with 10 home runs and four triples while drawing 30 walks compared to just 22 strikeouts. The Menomonie, Wisconsin native was selected in the third round of the 2018 MLB Draft by Colorado.

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Fredrickson earned a Second Team All-America selection from both ABCA and Collegiate Baseball and a Third Team selection from D1Baseball. The native of Gig Harbor, Washington, made 19 appearances and 15 starts for the Gophers, posting a 9-0 record and 1.86 ERA during his rookie campaign. The Big Ten’s Pitcher and Freshman of the Year struck out 73 batters in 97.0 innings while walking just 27. Opponents batted just .209 against the right-hander whose ERA ranked 12th in the nation. He also ranked in the top 50 with a 1.01 WHIP and 6.59 nine hits allowed per nine innings.

Meyer, who also landed on the All-America Third Teams from Collegiate Baseball and, made 26 appearances out of the Minnesota bullpen, matching the program record of 16 saves. He earned First Team All-Big Ten honors and a spot on the Minneapolis Regional All-Tournament Team. In 43.2 innings, he posted a 2-3 record and 2.06 ERA. The native of Woodbury struck out 54 batters compared to just 13 walks on the season. Opposing batters hit just .163 against him, and he allowed less than one baserunner per inning with a 0.94 WHIP. His 16 saves ranked third in the nation after the Super Regional round.