The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has released its 2010 preseason All-American team and Western Kentucky University catcher Matt Rice headlines the first team. Rice batted .399 with 10 home runs and 72 RBI as a sophomore in 2009 and will look to lead the Hilltoppers in their defense of the Sun Belt Conference title this season.
University of Louisville designated hitter Phil Wunderlich was named to the third team. Wunderlich batted .367 with 18 home runs and 78 RBI in 2009. University of Kentucky ace and highest-drafted returning college player in the country James Paxton did not make any of the three teams. You have to figure that might be a statement about his uncertain future regarding the lawsuit against UK and potential challenge to the NCAA no-agent rule. The honor also is based on 2009 performance, and Paxton’s stats from last season don’t match his considerable talent.