DURHAM, N.C. – Sacramento State junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins has been named a third team Preseason All-American by Baseball America, a team selected by major league scouting directors
Hoskins, a Sacramento native that starred at Jesuit high school, is the only WAC player selected to the Baseball America teams and was previously named the No. 68 college prospect on Baseball America's College Top 100 list. He is the second Hornet to earn preseason All-American honors this season as sophomore closer Sutter McLoughlin was named to the NCBWA Preseason All-America third team in December.
Hoskins was a first team Freshman All-American after his rookie season in 2012 in which he hit .353 with 10 home runs, 44 runs, and 53 RBIs. Last season Hoskins hit .283 with 22 RBIs and 37 runs scored while tying for the team lead with 15 doubles. Over the summer Hoskins played in the prestigious Cape Cod League and was named an All-Star after leading the Falmouth Commodores with 30 RBIs, 30 runs, and 44 hits while hitting .321 and adding five home runs.
Baseball America annually polls major league scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of team success. For example, 11 members of last year's preseason teams went on to become first-round picks, and two others were taken in the supplemental first round.