Tampa's Preston Tucker one of two Gators named Preseason All-American
Former Tampa Plant standout Preston Tucker and Florida teammate Brian Johnson have been named to the 2011 Preseason All-America Team, released today by Baseball America. Tucker, a junior, had been previously chosen to Preseason All-America teams by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
A second team preseason selection as a designated hitter, Tucker earned second-team All-SEC honors last spring and was a member of the
league’s All-Defensive Team. He started 50 games at first base, seven in right field and six at designated hitter, and hit .331 with 50
runs, 49 RBI, 43 walks, 17 doubles, 11 home runs and eight stolen bases.
A third-team selection in the utility spot, Johnson was a member of the 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team that brought home a silver medal from the V FISU World University Championships in Toyko, Japan, last summer. Named as a Freshman All-American by Baseball America, Louisville Slugger, the NCBWA and Yahoo! Sports, Johnson earned spots on the SEC’s All-Freshman Team as a starting pitcher and designated hitter. In 16 appearances on the mound, with 14 starts, he was 6-4 with a 4.03 earned run average and recorded 51 strikeouts in 73.2 innings.
Florida opens the season on Feb. 18 in a three-game series against USF.