Inspired by College Baseball Daily’s list of the top 100 college baseball players, BluGrass Baseball is counting down the top 25 returning Kentucky collegians in advance of the 2011 season. We finish the countdown today with the Kentucky position player who has already been named to three different preseason all-American teams.
No. 1 — 2B Ryan Wright — University of Louisville
UofL junior second baseman Ryan Wright batted .366 with 16 home runs, 80 RBI and 61 runs scored in 2010, serving as the Cards’ most consistent hitter throughout the season. Wright leads returning Kentucky collegians in 2010 RBI, runs scored and home runs and ranks second in 2010 batting average and slugging percentage. The middle infielder, who spent most of his time at second base in 2010 and will return there this season, was named a second-team preseason All-American by Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and a third-team preseason All-American by Baseball America.
Wright spent the summer with the collegiate Team USA, leading the team with a .361 batting average and 18 runs scored. He slugged two home runs, tallied 12 RBI and stole three bases for Team USA. Baseball America named Wright a second-team All-American following the 2010 season and recently ranked him the No. 30 college prospect for the 2011 draft. Wright was also selected to the first-team All-Big East Conference team, the All-Big East Tournament team and the ABCA All-South Region team following the 2010 season. In 2009 Wright received freshman All-American honors from Louisville Slugger, NCBWA and Ping! Baseball.