The 17-man first team, chosen by performances up to regional playoffs and selected by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features 12 conference players or pitchers of the year. This is Yezzo’s second award this week after being named one of 30 semifinalists for the 2013 USA Golden Spikes Award on Wednesday.
Yezzo becomes the 26th Delaware baseball player to receive All-American status and the first Blue Hen to earn first team notice since 1998 when former Major Leaguer Kevin Mench was selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association, USA Today, and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association teams.
Yezzo, a junior from Cherry Hill, N.J. (Bishop Eustace High School) and the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Year, is the only member of the conference to be recognized on the first team. UNCW’s Michael Bass was the only other CAA ballplayer to be recognized as he earned third team honors.
The left-handed slugger enjoyed one of the finest season by a Delaware batter in recent memory as he led the CAA in batting average (.410), hits (96), doubles (28), RBI (64), total bases (167), and slugging percentage (.714) while starting all 55 games for the Blue Hens. He committed just one error in 515 chances at first base for an impressive .998 fielding percentage.
He became the first Delaware player to hit over .400 for an entire season since former Major Leaguer Reid Gorecki batted . 414 in 2002 and his 64 RBI were the most by a Delaware player since Ryan Cuneo had 65 in 2010.
A two-time All-CAA selection and the 2013 UD Alumni Association Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year, Yezzo also led the Blue Hens in runs scored (52), at bats (234), and on-base percentage (.453) during his third year in Newark. He collected 32 multiple-hit games and17 multiple-RBI contests during the season and at one point during the year reached base safely in 32 straight games.
Yezzo currently ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in doubles, No. 2 in doubles per game, third in total bases and hits, fourth in slugging percentage and batting average, No. 9 in runs batted in per game.
Delaware posted a 33-22 record this past for head coach Jim Sherman when the Hens finished third in the CAA regular season standings and advanced to the CAA Tournament.
Louisville Slugger All-American First-Team
Pos Player School
RHP Aaron Nola Louisiana St.
LHP Kent Emanuel North Carolina
RHP Mark Appel Stanford
RHP Thomas Eshelman Cal. St. Fullerton
RHP Kerry Doane East Tennessee St.
Relief David Berg UCLA
Relief Jonathan Holder Mississippi St.
C Mitch Garver New Mexico
1B Jimmy Yezzo Delaware
1B/3B D.J. Peterson New Mexico
2B Tony Kemp Vanderbilt
3B Kris Bryant•• San Diego
SS Hunter Dozier Stephen F. Austin
OF Justin Parr Illinois
OF Hunter Renfroe Mississippi St.
OF Danny Collins Troy
UT Michael Lorenzen Cal. St. Fullerton
Louisville Slugger All-American Second Team
Pos Player School
RHP Jeff Thompson Louisville
RHP Tyler Beede Vanderbilt
RHP Justin Garza Cal. St. Fullerton
LHP Ryan Kellogg Arizona St.
LHP Harrison Musgrave West Virginia
RHP Andrew Moore Oregon St.
RHP Jonathan Gray Oklahoma
LHP Bryan Radziewski Miami (Fla.)
RHP Nick Petree Missouri St.
RHP Andrew Morales U.C. Irvine
LHP Carlos Rodon N.C. State
RHP Ryne Stanek Arkansas
Relief Ryan Thompson Campbell
Relief Jimmy Sherfy Oregon
C Kyle Schwarber Indiana
C Stuart Turner Mississippi
1B Mason Katz Louisiana St.
1B Craig Massoni Austin Peay
2B L.J. Mazzilli Connecticut
3B Colin Moran North Carolina
SS Trea Turner N.C. State
OF Tyler Horan Virginia Tech.
OF Cody Hudson Austin Peay
OF Mike Tauchman Bradley
UT Drew Reynolds East Carolina
Louisville Slugger All-American Third Team
Pos Player School
RHP Aaron Siegers Indiana
LHP Jeff McKenzie Cal. St. Bakersfield
RHP Scott Baker Ball St.
RHP Scott Sitz Florida St.
RHP Chris Razo Illinois St.
LHP P.J. Conlon San Diego
LHP Matt Boyd Oregon St.
RHP Bobby Wahl Mississippi
Relief Tyler Webb South Carolina
Relief Ross Mitchell Mississippi St.
Relief Tyler Rogers Austin Peay
Relief Brian Miller Vanderbilt
Relief Travis Stout Jacksonville St.
C Joe Jackson The Citadel
C Zane Evans Georgia Tech.
1B Ryan Kinsella Elon
1B Cody Stubbs North Carolina
1B Matt Oberste Oklahoma
1B Kevin Freeman North Carolina A&T
2B Michael Bass N.C. Wilmington
2B Jordan Hankins Austin Peay
2B Ross Kivett Kansas St.
3B Eric Jagielo Notre Dame
3B Tyler White Western Carolina
3B Dustin DeMuth Indiana
3B Logan Pierce Troy
3B Brandon Dixon Arizona
3B Michael Benjamin Arizona St.
3B Taylor Sparks U.C. Irvine
SS Michael Fransoso Maine
SS Alex Bregman Louisiana St.
SS Guiseppe Papaccio Seton Hall
SS Luke Tendler North Carolina A&T
OF Daniel Palka Georgia Tech.
OF Christian Wolfe N.C. Greensboro
OF Matt Shortall Texas-Arlington
OF Michael Bishop Jacksonville St.
UT Marco Gonzales Gonzaga