Tankersley Tabbed Freshman All-American by Baseball America


Thursday, June 20, 2002

Taylor Tankersley
Taylor Tankersley

TUSCALOOSA, Ala -- University of Alabama freshman left-hander Taylor Tankersley has been named to the 2002 Freshman All-America team in announcement made by Baseball America.

Tankersley, a native of Vicksburg, Miss., is one of three Southeastern Conference rookies honored by Baseball America.  Joining Tankersley on the 2002 Second-Team Freshman All-America team is LSU second baseman J.C. Holt (.349, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 10 SB) and Ole Miss outfielder Seth Smith (.402, 4 HR, 52 RBI, 5 SB).

The left-hander was honored for the third time this post-season by Baseball America on Wednesday.  Tankerlsey was tabbed First-Team Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was a Third-Team All-American selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Associations (NCBWA).

In addition, he is one of only two freshman relief pitchers named to the 2002 Baseball America All-America squad.  The first-team selection is University of Texas right-hander Huston Street (4-1, 0.89 ERA, 12 SV), who has the Longhorns within one game of the 2002 National Championship game at the College World Series.

Tankersley appeared in 25 games this season and compiled a 8-5 with seven saves and a 2.62 ERA.  He also made three starts, including an SEC Tournament win over Miss. State (May 22), and combined for one shutout. 

He worked 68.2 innings this season and allowed 20 earned runs and 55 hits, while holding the opposition to a .224 batting average.  In addition, Tankersley added 65 strikeouts and walked only 20 batters.  He also allowed only 10 extra base hits all season.

The eight wins this season tied the single-season school record for freshmen.  Tankersley tied the school record also held by B.J. Green (1998) and Scott Murphy (1999). 

At one point during the 2002 season, Tankersley recorded a win, loss or save in 14 consecutive appearances out of the bullpen for the Crimson Tide.

Tankersley is also one of 35 college freshmen and sophomores invited to Team USA Baseball Trials this summer in Arizona.  The tryouts, which began Wednesday, June 19 and continues through Sunday, June 23, are being held Hi Corbett Field Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.  After five days of tryouts, the official 22-man roster will be announced June 24. 

Competition begins June 28 in the United States before the team leaves for The Netherlands and the FISU World Championships in Italy (Aug. 3-11).   For more information on the USA National Team visit their website at www.usabaseball.com

Here is a rundown on the 2002 Baseball America Freshmen All-American team.

2002 Baseball America Freshmen First-Team All-America:

 C -- Devin Ivany, South Florida
1B -- Vince Sinisi, Rice
2B -- Eric Patterson, Georgia Tech
SS -- Stephen Drew, Florida State (Freshman of the Year)
3B -- J.D. Reininger, Texas
OF -- Jeff Frazier, Rutgers
OF -- Darryl Lawhorn, East Carolina
OF -- Jeremy Slayden, Georgia Tech
DH -- Joey Metropoulos, Southern California
UTL -- Wes Whisler, UCLA
SP -- Matt Durkin, San Jose State
SP -- Phillip Humber, Rice
SP -- Chris Lambert, Boston College
SP -- Justin Verlander, Old Dominion
RP -- Huston Street, Texas

2002 Baseball America Freshmen Second-Team All-America:

 C -- Chris Iannetta, North Carolina
1B -- Kyle Larsen, Washington
2B -- J.C. Holt, LSU
SS -- Dustin Pedroia, Arizona State
3B -- Jeff Baisley, South Florida
OF -- Jake McClintock, San Diego State
OF -- Seth Smith, Ole Miss
OF -- Dee Brown, Central Florida
DH -- Matt Wilkerson, UC Santa Barbara
UTL -- Tim Layden, Dukel
SP -- Derek DeCarlo, Florida International
SP -- Ryan Gehring, Illinois-Chicago
SP -- Grant Johnson, Notre Dame
SP -- Scott Lewis, Ohio State
RP -- Taylor Tankersley, Alabama