Thompson, Adams Named to Baseball America Preseason All-America Team
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Virginia’s Jacob Thompson (Jr., Danville, Va.) and David Adams (Jr., Margate, Fla.) have been named to Baseball America’s 2008 Preseason All-America team. Thompson, a right-handed pitcher, and Adams, an infielder, each earned second-team accolades.
The honor is one of many for the duo in the preseason. Both were named to the preseason Louisville Slugger All-America squad, with Thompson nabbing first-team honors and Adams taking third-team laurels, and each is on the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award. Thompson also was a first-team NCBWA Preseason All-American.
Thompson went 11-0 with a 1.50 earned run average in 2007. In 114 innings, he allowed just 79 hits and 23 runs (19 earned). He walked 32 batters and struck out 101, as batters hit just .198 against him.
Thompson was a unanimous First-Team All-American last year and also earned First-Team All-ACC honors. He capped off his banner season by competing for the United States National Team at the Pan American Games, where he won a silver medal.
Adams hit .372 last year with five home runs and 43 runs batted in. He tied for the team lead with 11 doubles and was second with 45 runs scored, a .454 on base percentage and .522 slugging percentage. He was a second-team All-ACC pick in 2007.
Major League Baseball scouting directors vote on Baseball America’s All-America team, which is then tabulated and selected by Baseball America’s Jim Callis, Aaron Fitt and John Manuel.
Virginia opens the 2008 season at home Feb. 22 vs. Lehigh.