STARKVILLE, Miss. – Continuing a trend from earlier this summer, a school-record five Mississippi State baseball players were named CollegeBaseballInsider.com/Louisville Slugger All-Americans, the website announced this past Friday.
On offense, Hunter Renfroe led the way with first-team honors. Renfroe earned the nod after hitting .345 with 16 home runs, 16 doubles and 65 RBIs in 66 games in his final campaign for the Maroon and White. Since agreeing to a $2.68 million dollar contract with the San Diego Padres after being drafted 13th overall in June’s MLB Draft, the Crystal Springs, Miss., native is hitting .297 overall with five homers and 22 RBIs 31 games into his professional career.
Standing on the mound, southpaw Ross Mitchell was named to the first team after being the only pitcher in the NCAA to rack up 13 or more wins without a single loss. Fellow sophomore Jonathan Holder earned second-team accolades following a season which saw the right-hander save a school-record 21 games, ranking third in the country and tying the 11-year Southeastern Conference Record.
Rounding out the quintet of Bulldogs were shortstop Adam Frazier and left-handed pitcher Chad Girodo, who were named honorable mention All-Americans. Frazier led the NCAA in hits with 107 and is currently hitting .345 in 42 games with the Jamestown Jammers of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Girodo earned the selection after finishing top 30 in the NCAA in wins to go along with a miniscule 1.36 ERA. The lefty currently owns a 3.24 ERA in 11 appearances with the Lansing Lugnuts of the Toronto Blue Jays organization.