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Mercer's Thomas named preseason All-American
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 12/18/2017
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Mercer's JT Thomas
Courtesy: Mercer Athletics

TUSCON, Ariz. – Mercer senior catcher JT Thomas was named to the 2018 Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America First Team, as announced by the publication Monday afternoon.

Thomas was one of 17 NCAA Division I players to earn All-America First Team honors. He was the only Southern Conference player to be named to Collegiate Baseball’s first, second or third team.

A native of Woodstock, Ga., Thomas made an instant impact with the Bears last season after transferring from Chattahoochee Valley Community College (Ala.). He was a 2017 All-Southern Conference First Team selection and Perfect Game/Rawlings All-American Honorable Mention after leading Mercer in batting average (.357), hits (75), doubles (20), RBIs (62), total bases (131), slugging percentage (.624) and on base percentage (.454).

Thomas and the Bears will open the 2018 season against Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 16 at OrthoGeorgia Park in Macon, Ga.

2018 Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American Teams
First Team
LHP Luke Heimlich (Oregon State)
LHP Steven Gingery (Texas Tech)
RHP Brady Singer (Florida)
RHP Sean Hjelle (Kentucky)
LHP/DH Tyler Holton (Florida State)
Relief Michael Byrne (Florida)
Relief Kenyon Yovan (Oregon)
C JT Thomas (Mercer)
1B Luken Baker (TCU)
2B Nick Madrigal (Oregon State)
3B Johnny Aiello (Wake Forest)
SS Jeremy Eierman (Missouri State)
OF Seth Beer (Clemson)
OF Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State)
OF Griffin Conine (Duke)
DH Logan McRae (Coll. of Charleston)
UT Kevin Milam (St. Mary’s, CA)

Second Team
RHP Joey Murray (Kent State)
LHP Trey Cumbie (Houston)
RHP Jackson Kowar (Florida)
RHP Logan Gilbert (Stetson)
LHP Konnor Pilkington (Mississippi State)
RHP Colton Eastman (Cal State Fullerton)
RHP Zack Hess (LSU)
RHP Casey Mize (Auburn)
LHP Nick Sprengel (San Diego)
RHP Jared Janczak (TCU)
LHP Gunner Leger (Louisiana-Lafayette)
RHP Sean Mooney (St. John’s)
RHP Patrick Raby (Vanderbilt)
Relief Michael Clark (Cal Poly)
Relief Nick Sandlin (Southern Mississippi)
Relief Brett Conine (Cal State Fullerton)
Relief Jake Fromson (Missouri State)
Relief Luis Alvarado (Nebraska)
C Mason Fishback (New Mexico State)
C Cal Raleigh (Florida State)
C Chris Williams (Clemson)
1B Kevin Woodall (Coastal Carolina)
1B Nic Ready (Air Force)
2B Braden Shewmake (Texas A&M)
3B Jonathan India (Florida)
SS Tyler Frank (Florida Atlantic)
OF Matt Wallner (Southern Mississippi)
OF Greyson Jenista (Wichita State 
OF Jake McCarthy (Virginia)
UT John McMillon (Texas Tech)

Third Team
LHP Kris Bubic (Stanford)
RHP Alex Royalty (UNCW)
RHP Jon Olsen (UCLA)
RHP Kyle Bradish (New Mexico State)
RHP Blaine Knight (Arkansas)
RHP Nolan Kingham (Texas)
LHP Miguel Ausua (Oral Roberts)
Relief Dallas Woolfolk (Mississippi)
Relief Ross Learnard (Purdue)
Relief Jake Roehn (Ohio)
Relief Jake Mulholland (Oregon State)
Relief Spencer Price (Mississippi State)
Relief J.T. Newton (Houston Baptist)
Relief Bryce Tucker (UCF)
C Joey Bart (Georgia Tech)
C J.J. Schwarz (Florida)
1B Andrew Vaughn (California)
1B Tristen Gagan (Southeastern Missouri State)
1B Julian Infante (Vanderbilt)
2B Wade Bailey (Georgia Tech)
2B Lee Solomon (Lipscomb)
2B Braxton Morris (Morehead State)
3B Taylor Schwaner (Southeastern Louisiana)
3B Sam Fragale (Virginia Tech)
3B Luke Miller (Indiana)
3B Alec Bohm (Wichita State)
SS Will Wilson (NC State)
SS Nico Hoerner (Stanford)
SS Reid Leonard (Morehead State)
OF Tristan Pompey (Kentucky)
OF Zach Watson (LSU)
OF Travis Swaggerty (South Alabama)
OF Steele Walker (Oklahoma)
UT Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech)

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