July 4, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. - NC State baseball landed three players on the 2012 Baseball America Freshman All-America team, more than any other program in the nation, headlined by Freshman of the Year Carlos Rodon, announced Wednesday by Baseball America.
Rodon joined teammate Trea Turner on the first team, and Jake Fincher earned a mention on the second team, giving the Wolfpack three selections to lead the nation. Oregon State, Florida State, Texas Christian, and Stony Brook were the only other schools to produce more than one.
Oregon State's Michael Conforto represented the only other freshman besides Rodon to make both the Baseball America All-America team as well as the All-Freshman team, though Rodon bested him with a first team selection to that squad.
Rodon already won Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the year honors, and awaits the Golden Spikes Award announcement Friday, July 6 on the MLB Network.
The Holly Springs, N.C. native dominated the conference with a 1.57 ERA, opponents' batting average of .176, and 115 innings pitched, while ranking second in strikeouts with 135 and nine wins. Rodon is the first Wolfpacker to win Baseball America's Freshman of the Year award, and the fourth ACC player to win it in the last six years.
Former Baseball America Freshman of the Year award winners include Rafael Palmeiro, Robin Ventura, Ryan Braun, Pat Burrell, and Pedro Alvarez.
Turner finished the year with 57 stolen bases, shattering the previous NC State record, while batting .336 and reaching base at a .432 clip.
Fincher makes his first appearance on a postseason team after replacing injured center fielder Brett Williams on opening day and turning in an impressive freshman campaign. Fincher batted .300, stole 16 bases, and hit his first collegiate home run in the Wolfpack's Super Regional series at Florida.
The Baseball America Freshman All-America team can be viewed in its entirety HERE.