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Thursday January 31, 2013Jonathon Crawford & Karsten Whitson Earn Preseason All-American Honors From Baseball America

Gainesville, Fla.

University of Florida junior right-hander Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) and junior right-hander Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.) were each named to Baseball America’s 2013 Preseason All-America Team announced on Thursday.


Chosen to the publication’s second team, Crawford excelled for the 2012 USA College National Team last summer, going 3-0 with a 2.10 earned run average, highlighted by a pair of victories over powerhouse Havana in Cuba. He had previously been named a second-team Preseason All-American by Perfect Game and as a third-team selection by Louisville Slugger.


After pitching just 3.2 innings as a freshman at UF, Crawford made 19 appearances and 14 starts during his sophomore campaign as the Gators reached the NCAA College World Series for the third-straight year. The righty had a 6-2 mark with a 3.13 ERA and tied for second on the squad with 73 strikeouts in 77.2 innings.


In the opening round of the NCAA Gainesville Regional on June 1, Crawford became the first Gator hurler to register a complete-game no-hitter since John Burke accomplished the feat in a 2-0 shutout of Furman on May 23, 1991, that was the club’s opener in the NCAA East Regional held at McKethan Stadium. Crawford, whose previous career-high stint was six innings against LSU on April 6, went the distance on 98 pitches (70 of them strikes) and faced the minimum of 27 batters en route to the 4-0 shutout of the Wildcats. He became just the seventh pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the NCAA Championship and was the first since Burke.


Crawford defeated Auburn in UF’s SEC Tournament opener in Hoover, Ala., establishing a career high with nine strikeouts over 5.2 innings, and claimed the series opener at Tennessee on April 13. He fired six scoreless frames to help the Gators even the series with seventh-ranked LSU and also collected victories over Vanderbilt (5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 6 K) and No. 19 UCF (5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 K).


One of five players to repeat as a Preseason All-American by Baseball America and named to the third team, Whitson appeared in 14 games last season, with 10 starts, and was 4-0 with a 3.51 ERA. He totaled 20 strikeouts in 33.1 innings and now sports a 12-1 (.923) career pitching record.


As a freshman in 2011, Whitson was chosen as the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game and was named to the organization’s Freshman All-American team. He also earned Freshman All-American recognition from Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). A member of the SEC’s All-Freshman Team, Whitson held a permanent spot in the Gators’ weekend rotation and finished 8-1 with a 2.40 ERA as Florida finished as the national runner-up. He tied for the top position with 19 starts, led the club with 92 strikeouts in 97.1 innings and limited opponents to a .235 batting average.


Baseball America annually polls Major League scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the Draft and of team success. For example, nine of the 15 draft-eligible members of last year's first team became first-round picks last June, two others were supplemental first-rounders, and all 15 were selected in the top three rounds. In all, 16 of the 18 players drafted in the first round out of four-year colleges last year appeared on one of BA’s three preseason All-America teams heading into the season.


Mark Appel, who elected to return for his senior year at Stanford rather than sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates as the No. 8 overall pick last year, was the only unanimous selection in the scouting director balloting.


The SEC placed 14 players on the three All-America teams, leading all leagues, as usual. But, the Pacific-12 Conference landed more players on the first team (four) than the SEC (three) or the ACC (three). The Pac-12 produced nine All-Americans overall, followed by the ACC and Big 12 conferences with five apiece.


Baseball America 2013 Preseason All-America Teams

First Team      

C             Andrew Knapp, California      

1B           Brian Ragira, Stanford                       

2B           JaCoby Jones, LSU

3B           Colin Moran, North Carolina

SS           Trea Turner, NC State          

OF           Phillip Ervin, Samford                        

OF           Aaron Judge, Fresno State     

OF           Austin Wilson, Stanford         

DH          Kris Bryant, San Diego           

UT           Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga     


SP           Mark Appel, Stanford            

SP           Sean Manaea, Indiana State

SP           Carlos Rodon, NC State        

SP           Ryne Stanek, Arkansas

RP           Colby Suggs, Arkansas           

UT           Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga


Second Team

C             Spencer Navin, Vanderbilt

1B           Conrad Gregor, Vanderbilt    

2B           Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt          

3B           D.J. Peterson, New Mexico    

SS           Brandon Trinkwon, UC Santa Barbara

OF           Michael Conforto, Oregon State

OF           Austin Cousino, Kentucky       

OF           Derek Fisher, Virginia

DH          Daniel Palka, Georgia Tech

UT           Michael Lorenzen, Cal State Fullerton          


SP           Jonathon Crawford, FLORIDA   

SP           Ryan Eades, LSU

SP           Bobby Wahl, Ole Miss        

SP           Trevor Williams, Arizona State

RP           Corey Knebel, Texas  

UT           Michael Lorenzen, Cal State Fullerton


Third Team

C             Ty Ross, LSU         

1B           Kevin Cron, TCU   

2B           L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut       

3B           Eric Jagielo, Notre Dame       

SS           Adam Frazier, Mississippi State

OF           Jared King, Kansas State        

OF           Jason Monda, Washington State       

OF           Mason Robbins, Southern Miss         

DH          Johnny Field, Arizona

UT           Aaron Brown, Pepperdine


SP           Dillon Overton, Oklahoma     

SP           Adam Plutko, UCLA    

SP           Karsten Whitson, FLORIDA    

SP           Kevin Ziomek, Vanderbilt      

RP           Andrew Mitchell, TCU     

UT           Aaron Brown, Pepperdine


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