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2013 Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA Baseball Team



Gaither (Tampa, Fla.) shortstop and Florida State commit Oscar Mercado is one of 15 members of the first preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA baseball team. / Courtesy of BaseballFactory.com

With the American Family Insurance ALL-USA program, USA TODAY has been honoring the nation's best high school athletes since the 1982-83 school year.

To celebrate the program’s 30th anniversary – and the start of another high school baseball season – we're unveiling the first preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA baseball team.

This 15-player squad was selected by USA TODAY Sports reporter Jim Halley. Selection to this team doesn’t mean the athletes will make the final 2013 American Family Insurance ALL-USA team, but they do have a nice head start to join the likes of Derek Jeter and Josh Hamilton as postseason ALL-USA ballplayers.


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Note: All players are seniors and are listed in alphabetical order.

Player | Pos. | Ht., Wt. | High school | College
 
Willie Abreu | OF-LHP | 6-3, 200 | Mater Academy (Hialeah Gardens, Fla.) | Miami
Helped Team USA win the 18U World Championships last summer. The lefty batter hit .410 with 26 RBI for Mater Academy last spring.
 
Trey Ball | LHP-OF | 6-5, 175 | New Castle (Ind.) | Texas
Throws a 93 mph fastball and went 7-2 last season with a 1.40 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 60 innings. Also batted .438 with a .867 slugging percentage.
 
Cavan Biggio | 3B-OF | 6-2, 180 | St. Thomas (Houston) | Notre Dame
Coached by his father, former major leaguer Craig Biggio, Cavan hit .420 with 26 RBI last spring.
 
Zachary Collins | C | 6-3, 220 | American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) | Miami
Batted .443 with 31 RBI, 24 runs and four homers. Helped lead American Heritage to the 5A state title as a junior.
 
Clint Frazier | OF-RHP | 6-0, 190 | Loganville (Ga.) | Georgia
Power hitter batted .424 with 24 homers and 58 RBI last spring.
 
Hunter Green | LHP-OF | 6-4, 185 | Warren East (Bowling Green, Ky.) | Kentucky*
Batted .400 with six homers and 28 RBI as a junior. As a pitcher, went 6-2 with a 1.76 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. Also threw a 20-strikeout no-hitter last season.
 
Clinton Hollon | RHP-1B | 6-1, 190 | Woodford County (Versailles, Ky.) | Kentucky*

His fastball has been clocked at 97 mph. He went 5-0 with 53 strikeouts in 40 innings to help lead Woodford County to the state title, pitching 20 scoreless innings in the state tournament.
 
Rob Kaminsky | LHP-OF | 6-0, 190 | St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) | North Carolina
Went 8-2 with three no-hitters and a 0.20 ERA last year. Struck out 103 in 53 innings.
 
Jeremy Martinez | C | 5-11, 190 | Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) | Southern California
Helped Team USA win the 18U World Championships last summer. At Mater Dei last spring, he hit .388, had only two errors and threw out six of 10 runners trying to steal second.  
 
Austin Meadows | OF | 6-3, 200 | Grayson (Loganville, Ga.). | Clemson
Five-tool player with great speed, Meadows batted .390 with 28 RBI and 19 stolen bases last year.
 
Oscar Mercado | SS | 6-1, 175 | Gaither (Tampa, Fla.) | Florida State
Hit .370 with 29 RBI and 12 stolen bases last year but is even better known for his fielding.
 
Andrew Rosa | SS | 6-2, 175 | Owasso (Okla.) | Oklahoma State
Batted .412 with seven homers and 28 RBI last season and was solid defensively.
 
Jordan Sheffield | RHP-UT | 6-3, 195 | Tullahoma (Tenn.) | Vanderbilt
Hard thrower had a 0.99 ERA with 73 strikeouts in 50 innings as a junior. Also batted .373 with five homers.
 
Dominic Smith | OF-1B-RHP | 6-1, 200 | Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.) | Undecided
Batted .551 with nine homers and 49 RBI last year. As a pitcher, Smith went 7-1 with a 1.22 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 34.1 innings
 
Kohl Stewart | RHP-UT | 6-3, 185 | Pius X (Houston) | Texas A&M
Has a 95 mph fastball and good breaking ball. Stewart led Pius X to the TAPPS state title in 2012, going 8-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. Stewart is also a top quarterback recruit.
 
*Committed, not signed.

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