THE FLATS – Redshirt junior Tristin English was selected as one of the 17 players to make first-team 2019 Perfect Game/Rawlings Preseason All-America team, it was announced on Tuesday.
One of the top two-way players in the country, English was selected in the utility position for both his work at the plate and his work on the mound. The Williamson, Ga. native is the only representative on the first team from the Atlantic Coast Conference for position players and joins only Drew Parrish of Florida State for pitchers.
English is coming off his best collegiate year, earning ABCA/Rawlings Atlantic all-region second-team honors and being named to the all-ACC first team as a utility player in 2018. A versatile talent, he saw time at DH, first base and on the mound over the course of 54 games for the then-sophomore. English drove in a team-high 60 RBI last season, hitting .279 with six home runs and a team-high 17 doubles at the plate last season, while also having the Jackets’ third-lowest ERA at 4.11. In 16 total appearances (nine starts), he fanned 51 batters – walking just 13 – and received two decision wins and one save.
Capitalizing on his sophomore campaign, English carried his momentum well into the summer in the Cape Cod League. En route to All-Star honors, he batted .300 overall, driving home 19 RBI and blasting five home runs. On the mound, English tossed nearly 70 combined innings – his first summer pitching action since undergoing successful Tommy John surgery in January 2017.
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