Logan Gilbert Named NCBWA Preseason All-American

Deland, Fla. - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced its 2018 preseason All-America team on Monday afternoon and Stetson's Logan Gilbert was among the eleven pitchers named to the first team
 
The hard-throwing right-handed pitcher was previously named to the Collegiate Baseball preseason All-America second team in December and to the Perfect Game, D1Baseball.com and Baseball America preseason All-America teams in January.
 
There are nine returning first team members, including five pitchers from the June 2017 NCBWA dream team, while the total of 19 returnees from the 2017 postseason squad indicates the depth of star power back for the 2018 campaign. In fact, the composite first team 2018 preseason All-American pitching staff sports a combined record of 58-10 and an impressive overall number of 78 saves by five relief standouts.
 
Previous NCBWA All-America teams from 1996-2017 also have featured the likes of 3B Kris Bryant of San Diego, P Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State, 1B Mark Teixeira of Georgia Tech, RHP Mark Prior of USC, SS-2B Rickie Weeks of Southern U., 3B Alex Gordon of Nebraska, P David Price of Vanderbilt, C Buster Posey of Florida State, catcher Mike Zunino of Florida, P-1B A.J. Reed of Kentucky; OF Andrew Benintendi of Arkansas, and 1B-P Brendan McKay (2017 Dick Howser Trophy winner) among others.
  
A native of Apopka, Fla., Gilbert was named the ASUN Pitcher of the year in 2017 after posting a perfect 10-0 record with a 2.02 ERA, is one of three Stetson hurlers to return this year after posting more than 100 strikeouts last spring. Senior Brooks Wilson(127) and junior Jack Perkins (108) joined with Gilbert (107) in making Stetson just the eighth NCAA team to have three pitchers record 100 or more strikeouts in a season since 2002.
 
Those other programs to have three pitchers with 100 or more strikeouts in a season were Oklahoma (2012), UCLA (2010), TCU (2006), Ole Miss (2005) and Rice (2002, '03 and '05).
 
Gilbert was the only player from the ASUN named to any of the three NCBWA preseason All-America teams.

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