Ranaudo Named Preseason Player of the Year

by Bill Franques
Ranaudo Named Preseason Player of the Year

BATON ROUGE — Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Monday named LSU pitcher Anthony Ranaudo its preseason National Player of the Year.

LSU reliever Matty Ott, first baseman/outfielder Blake Dean and catcher Micah Gibbs joined Ranaudo on the 2010 Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America teams.

Ranaudo, named to the Collegiate Baseball first-team preseason all-America squad, was the Tigers’ No. 1 starter throughout the 2009 season, recording a 12-3 mark and a 3.04 ERA in 19 starts (124.1 innings) with 50 walks and 159 strikeouts. The junior right-hander from Jackson, N.J. finished No. 3 in the nation in strikeouts and No. 5 in wins.

Ranaudo, a third-team All-America and second-team All-SEC selection, became the first LSU pitcher to lead the SEC in strikeouts since Kurt Ainsworth (157 Ks) in 1999. He was the winning pitcher in the deciding game of the College World Series Finals versus Texas on June 24, working 5.1 innings while allowing four runs on eight hits with five walks and four strikeouts.

Dean, Ott and Gibbs were voted to Collegiate Baseball’s second-team preseason all-America squad.

Dean returned to LSU for his senior season after he was selected in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. The native of Crestview, Fla., earned first-team All-SEC recognition in 2009, batting .328 with 18 doubles, 17 homers, 67 runs and a team-best 71 RBI. 

A first-team All-American in 2008, Dean is No. 8 on the all‐time LSU home run list with 44 dingers and No. 6 on the LSU career RBI list with 190.

Ott, a 2009 second-team All-American and the SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, established the LSU single-season saves record with 16, surpassing the previous mark of 14 set by Rick Greene in 1991. Ott, a sophomore right-hander from Chalmette, La., recorded a 4-2 mark and a 2.68 ERA in 37 appearances, collecting six walks and 69 strikeouts in 50.1 innings.

Ott earned the win over Texas in Game 1 of CWS Finals on June 22, firing three shutout innings while allowing no hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Gibbs was named to the 2009 Rawlings NCAA Division I Gold Glove Team as one of college baseball’s top defensive players. The sophomore from Pflugerville, Texas, was also voted to the SEC All-Defensive Team by the league coaches.

Gibbs batted  .294 last season with 16 doubles, two triples, six homers, 42 RBI and 58 runs. He helped lead the Tigers to the national championship by hitting .357 in the College World Series with three RBI and six runs scored.

Gibbs recorded a .989 fielding percentage during the ’09 season, committing only seven errors. He threw out 22 runners attempting to steal and was charged with just four passed balls.

RHP Anthony Ranaudo, LSU (12-3, 3.04 ERA, 159 K, 50 BB in 124 1/3 IP).
RHP Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech. (11-2, 3.50 ERA, 118 K, 41 BB, 100 1/3 IP).
LHP Daniel Bibona, U.C. Irvine (12-1, 2.63 ERA, 108 K, 26 BB, 106 IP).
RHP Taylor Jungmann, Texas (11-3, 2.00 ERA, 101 K, 35 BB, 94 2/3 IP).
RHP Chance Ruffin, Texas (10-2, 3.32 ERA, 115 K, 25 BB, 124 2/3 IP).
LHP Josh Spence, Arizona St. (10-1, 2.37 ERA, 125 K, 30 BB, 102 2/3 IP).
Relief Addison Reed, San Diego St. (20 SV, 0.65 ERA, 38 K, 7 BB, 27 2/3 IP).
C Yasmani Grandal, Miami (Fla.) (Great defense, .299, 16 HR, 11 2B, 45 RBI).
1B Cody Hawn, Tennessee (.364, 22 HR, 15 2B, 81 RBI).
2B Danny Muno, Fresno St. (Great defense, .379, 25 2B, 41 RBI, 64 walks, 13 SB).
3B Tony Thompson, Kansas (.389, 21 HR, 27 2B, 82 RBI, won Big 12 triple crown).
SS Christian Colon, Cal. St. Fullerton (Great defense, .357, 16 2B, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 15 SB).
OF Jarrett Parker, Virginia (.355, 16 HR, 20 2B, 65 RBI, 20 SB).
OF Tyler Holt, Florida St. (.401, 23 2B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 34 SB).
OF Matt Townsend, James Madison (.390, 17 HR, 17 2B, 59 RBI, 17 SB).
DH Kyle Roller, East Carolina (.336, 16 HR, 12 2B, 75 RBI, MVP of Cape Cod League).
UT Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee St. (.465, 28 HR, 19 2B, 73 RBI, 5-3 as pitcher, 4.57 ERA, 63 K).

RHP Alex Wimmers, Ohio St.
LHP Cody Wheeler, Coastal Carolina
LHP Chris Sale, Florida Gulf Coast
RHP Daniel Renken, Cal. St. Fullerton
RHP Sam Gaviglio, Oregon St.
LHP Drew Pomeranz, Mississippi
RHP Matt Harvey, North Carolina
Relief Matty Ott, LSU
Relief Ryan Duke, Oklahoma
C Cameron Rupp, Texas
C Micah Gibbs, LSU
1B Preston Tucker, Florida
1B Troy Channing, St. Mary’s
2B Mike Sodders, New Mexico St.
2B Kolbrin Vitek, Ball St.
3B Joey Bergman, Coll. of Charleston
SS Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia
OF Mike McGee, Florida St.
OF Blake Dean, LSU
OF Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington
OF Devon Dageford, Louisiana Tech.
UT Danny Hultzen, Virginia

LHP Sean Gilmartin, Florida St.
RHP Noe Ramirez, Cal. St. Fullerton
RHP Trevor Bauer, UCLA
RHP Tyler Pill, Cal. St. Fullerton
LHP Kenneth Roberts, Middle Tennessee St.
RHP Sam Dyson, South Carolina
RHP Gerrit Cole, UCLA
Relief Kevin Rhoderick, Oregon St.
Relief Jarad Miller, Valparaiso
Relief Scott Matyas, Minnesota
Relief Eric Pettis, U.C. Irvine
Relief Cole Green, Texas
Relief Nick Ramirez, Cal. St. Fullerton
Relief Michael Schum, Wright St.
C Jim Klocke, Southeast Missouri St.
C Eddie Rohan, Winthrop
C Rafael Neda, New Mexico
1B Paul Hoilman, East Tennessee St.
1B Tony Plagman, Georgia Tech.
1B Austin Wates, Virginia Tech.
1B Andy Wilkins, Arkansas
1B Zach Maxfield, Florida Gulf Coast
2B Kolten Wong, Hawaii
2B Sean Rockey, George Washington
2B Ross Heffley, Western Carolina
2B Wes Hobson, Appalachian St.
3B Anthony Rendon, Rice
3B Jake Smith, Alabama
3B Phil Wunderlich, Louisville
3B Bo Reeder, East Tennessee St.
SS Drew Lee, Morehead St.
SS Stephen Cardullo, Florida St.
OF Gary Brown, Cal. St. Fullerton
OF Kevin Nieto, Manhattan
OF Ryan Enos, Dallas Baptist