TIM WHEELER EARNS FOUR ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State junior outfielder Tim Wheeler has been honored by four organizations, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) , Baseball America, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Ping Baseball, as a 2009 Division I All-American.
Wheeler, who was a preseason third team All-American, earned second team recognition from the ABCA as well as Baseball America. He was also recognized by the NCBWA and Ping Baseball as a third team selection. He was the first player to earn All-American honors for the Hornets since Harvey Hargrove earned third team honors in 1997.
The Sacramento native and El Camino HS product set many firsts this season for the Hornets, including becoming the baseball program’s first-ever first round draft pick, after being selected No. 32 overall by the Colorado Rockies. Wheeler also became the school’s first two-time first team all-Western Athletic Conference selection, hitting .385 on the season with 18 home runs and 72 runs batted in, setting the school’s single-season RBI record in the process. He also broke the school’s all-time RBI mark in just three seasons, boasting 142 in his career. Wheeler hit .457 with runners in scoring position, and .451 with runners on base, while amassing 15 stolen bases and five outfield assists. Wheeler ranked in the top 30 nationally in six categories, with his highest ranking coming in RBI.
The ABCA award, co-sponsored by Rawlings, comes from the nation’s coaches, who nominated and voted players onto all-region teams, which were then compiled into All-American teams by a committee of Division I head coaches chaired by Monmouth’s Dean Ehehalt. The Baseball America award is voted on by the staff of the magazine following NCAA Super Regional play. These awards are two of the most prestigious in all of college baseball.
The NCBWA is composed of beat writers and sports information personnel from around the country, and has been awarding an All-American team since 1962. A relative newcomer to the baseball world, Ping Baseball has been providing collegiate baseball news and polls along with naming All-American teams since 2007.
Wheeler is set to begin his professional baseball career today, as he is expected to start in the Tri-City Dust Devils home opener against the Vancouver Canadians at 7:15 PDT. Live audio and stats are available at www.dustdevilsbaseball.com.