Lee and Thorpe land on another preseason All-America baseball team
The redshirt sophomore landed a fourth-team All-America preseason, this time D1Baseball.com placing the shortstop on his first unit.
Additionally, right-handed pitcher Drew Thorpe made the D1Baseball.com third team, the second honor for the Washington, Utah native.
Baseball America also honored Lee and Thorpe on Monday. Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper have awarded Lee preseason All-America honors in recent weeks.
A four-time All-American last spring, Lee produced a school-record 27 doubles while hitting over .600. He committed just six errors in 54 games for a .974 fielding percentage, No. 2 among regular shortstops in the Big West. He made no mistakes in Cal Poly’s final 21 games of the 2021 season.
His team-leading .342 batting average also included three triples and 10 home runs, both team highs as well as his 27 doubles. Lee finished with more extra hits (40) than singles (36) and hit safes in 41 of the 54 games he played, producing hitting streaks of 12, 11 and nine games.
Other honors earned by Lee were Co-Big West Conference Infielder of the Year and Co-Freshman Infielder of the Year, a spot on the All-Big West First Team, Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, one of five National Co- Freshmen of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and ABCA All-West Region first team.
Lee was one of six finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s top shortstop and was also a semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes Player of the Year Award.
Lee led the Mustangs in RBIs (57), hits (76), total bases (139) and sacrificed flies (8). His single-season school record of 27 doubles tied for fifth in the Big West record books. Lee, he also led his team in multi-hit games with 25 and was the Big West leader with his 16 multi-run contests RBI.
Thorpe was Cal Poly’s starter on Friday night and compiled a 6-6 win-loss record and 3.79 ERA in his first full season with the Mustangs. The Washington, Utah native struck out 104 batters in 90 1/3 innings and his opponents hit just .240 on the 6-foot-4, 205-pound pitcher.
Thorpe’s 104 strikeouts finished third in the Big West last season and he was also third in innings pitched, 10th in wins, fifth in starts (15) and 14th in the ERA.
Thorpe was 6-1 with a 3.15 ERA in his nine home starts last spring and has compiled double-digit strikeouts three times this year, tying his career high with 13 against UC Santa Barbara.
Lee and Thorpe played for Team USA as well as in the Cape Cod league for Yarmouth-Dennis last summer.
D1Baseball.com also placed Long Beach State pitcher Devereaux on his second team and UC Vineyard outfielder Ir Nathan Church on the third unit.
D1Baseball’s National Editors and Editors select preseason All-America teams with one guiding principle in mind: to identify the best and most valuable college baseball players for the 2022 season. Past performance and future potential come into play in the deliberations, but the goal is neither to identify the best future major leaguers nor to reward the players who have posted the most glaring numbers in past seasons (especially since the level of competition varies greatly from conference to conference). another one). The goal is to select the players who would bring the most value to a team aiming to win the College World Series in 2022 – the players best equipped to take on elite college competition this spring.
LSU leads all teams with three first-team preseason All-Americans: outfielder Dylan Crews, first baseman Tre’ Morgan and designated hitter Jacob Berry. No other program has placed multiple players on the first team, and Texas’ preseason No. 1 is the only other program with three All-Americans in total (first-team closer Aaron Nixon plus second-team Pete Hansen and Ivan Melendez).
Cal Poly is among eight programs that have placed two players on D1Baseball.com’s preseason All-America teams. The others are 2021 CWS finalists Mississippi State and Vanderbilt with SEC’s Ole Miss; California and Arizona from the Pac-12; Oklahoma State of the Big 12; and ACC Florida State.
The SEC leads all conferences with 13 All-Americans on all three teams, followed by the ACC (nine), Big 12 (eight), Pac-12 (seven), Big West (four) and Conference USA (3). The SEC also has the most first-team players (five), followed by the Big 12 (three), Pac-12 and ACC (two each).