STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - Three Mississippi State players picked up preseason All-America honors on Friday, earning spots on the 2013 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Team by Collegiate Baseball.
Junior shortstop Adam Frazier (Bishop, Ga.), sophomore pitcher Jonathan Holder (Gulfport, Miss.) and junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe (Crystal Springs, Miss.) are among 20 Southeastern Conference standouts named to the Tucson-based publication’s first, second or third-team squads.
Frazier is a Second-Team honoree. The infielder led MSU and placed third in the SEC with 91 hits and a .371 batting average in 2012.
Holder notched two wins and nine saves while posting a remarkable 0.32 earned run average and joined Renfroe as Third-Team All-Americans.
Renfroe hit .252 and drove in 25 runs as a sophomore in 2012 and is coming off an eye-opening 19-home run summer league season with Bethesda, Md., in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League.
It’s the second preseason All-America team honor for Frazier and Holder after both were included in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) listing earlier this month.
Mississippi State launches its 123rd season of baseball Feb. 15-17 when the Bulldogs host Portland to open a season-opening 19-game homestand.