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Kris Bryant Named Baseball America Player of the Year

USDTOREROSDOTCOM All-American Kris Bryant.
All-American Kris Bryant.

June 12, 2013

DURHAM, N.C.-- San Diego's Kris Bryant, who hit the most home runs by any Division I player in a decade, is Baseball America's 2013 College Player of the Year. The No. 2 overall pick in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, Bryant smashed 31 homers--10 more than any other D-I player this spring. He also led the nation in walks (66), total bases (187), slugging (.820) and runs (80), helping lead the Toreros to the Los Angeles Regional finals. The last player to hit 31 home runs in a season was New Mexico State's Billy Becher in 2003--with the old, more potent bats.

Bryant, one of five first-round picks on the first team, is the only player to repeat as a first-team All-American in 2013. Two other members of last year's first team, Gonzaga's Marco Gonzales and Missouri State's Nick Petree, earn spots on this year's second and third teams, respectively. Stanford's Mark Appel repeats as a second-teamer, while New Mexico's D.J. Peterson moves from last year's second team to this year's first team.

Cal State Fullerton and Louisiana State are the only teams to place multiple players on the 2013 first team. The Titans and Vanderbilt lead all teams with three All-Americans overall, while Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Oregon State, Indiana and Samford each produced a pair of All-Americans.

The first team features three freshmen: LSU's Alex Bregman, Cal State Fullerton's Thomas Eshelman and Oregon State's Andrew Moore. Justin Garza, who followed Eshelman in Fullerton's rotation, is the only other freshman to make any of the three teams.

The Southeastern Conference leads all leagues with five first-teamers and 10 All-Americans in all, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference (three first-teamers, six total). Bryant and North Carolina's Colin Moran are the only preseason first-teamers to make the postseason first team, which is voted on by MLB scouting directors. Thirteen preseason All-Americans cracked the three postseason teams, up slightly from 2012 (11) and 2011 (12).