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    Baseball's Hughes, Kempner named to Prospects Live Preseason All-American Lists

    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga baseball pitchers Gabriel Hughes and William Kempner picked up another preseason honor this week, making Prospect Live's Preseason All-America list as First- and Second-Teamers, respectively.

    Hughes, who was one of five starting throwers on PL's First Team, was also projected to take home West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year honors by Collegiate Baseball News earlier in the month. The 6'4 righty also came in at No. 42 in MLB.com's 2022 Draft Prospect Rankings and No. 61 in a similar ranking by D1Baseball.com, the highest a GU player has been rated since Marco Gonzales in 2013.

    After a 2021 season spent between pitching and first base, Hughes was also one of three players to make Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-America Team as a Multiple Position Athlete, becoming the seventh Zag in program history to be named to the list. An All-WCC Second Team pick and All-Freshmen conference selection despite missing the last month of the season with injury, Hughes hit .247 with 4 doubles, 3 homers and 12 RBI. As a pitcher, he was 4-3 as the Bulldogs' Saturday starter with a 3.23 ERA, striking out 67 batters with 30 walks in a total of 61.1 innings of work. Over the summer, Hughes saw action with the U.S. Collegiate National Team, starting in three intrasquad scrimmages and an exhibition against the U.S. Olympic Pro Team for a total 8.2 innings with four K's.

    Kempner, one of eight pitchers on the Second Team, made nine starts in 2021, going 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA over 40.2 innings pitched. A WCC Pitcher of the Week honoree after an eight-inning, 10-strikeout performance against Portland, the 6-foot righty is slotted to assume the Zags' Saturday starting role on the mound.

    D1Baseball.com's Shotgun Spratling wrote that Kempner "might be the nastiest sidewinder on the West Coast since former Bulldogs closer Wyatt Mills … His heavy fastball can get into the mid-90s while darting and diving all over the place."

    Gonzaga Baseball's season begins Feb. 18-20 at the Sanderson Ford Collegiate Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz. with matchups against New Mexico and Oregon State. Check GoZags.com for up-to-date game day and schedule information, live stats and more.

    Full All-American selections for Prospect Live are below.


    1ST TEAM ALL AMERICAN

    SP - Blade Tidwell (Tennessee), Patrick Reilly (Vanderbilt), Peyton Pallette (Arkansas), Landon Sims (Mississippi St.), Gabriel Hughes (Gonzaga)

    RP - Zach Maxwell (Georgia Tech), Carson Palmquist (Miami)

    C - Logan Tanner (Mississippi St.)

    1B - Tyler Locklear (VCU)

    2B - Robert Moore (Arkansas)

    3B - Jace Jung (Texas Tech)

    SS - Brooks Lee (Cal Poly)

    OF - Chase DeLauter (James Madison), Brock Jones (Stanford), Dylan Crews (LSU)

    DH - Ivan Melendez (Texas)

    2ND TEAM ALL AMERICAN

    SP - Bryce Hubbart (Florida St.), Carson Whisenhunt (East Carolina), Parker Messick (Florida St.), Christian Little (Vanderbilt), Marcus Johnson (Duke)

    RP - Aaron Nixon (Texas), William Kempner (Gonzaga)

    C - Daniel Susac (Arizona)

    1B - Jacob Berry (LSU)

    2B - Luke Gold (Boston College)

    3B - Brock Wilken (Wake Forest)

    SS - Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss)

    OF - Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech), Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt), Dylan Beavers (Cal)

    DH - Dom Keegan (Vanderbilt)

    3RD TEAM ALL AMERICAN

    SP - Hunter Barco (Florida), Cooper Hjerpe (Oregon St.), Sam Highfill (NC State), Cam Schlittler (Northeastern), Jonathan Cannon (Georgia)

    RP - Matthew Wyatt (Virginia), Noah Dean (Old Dominion)

    C - Kevin Parada (Georgia Tech)

    1B - Tre Morgan (LSU)

    2B - Zach Neto (Campbell)

    3B - Nolan McLean (Oklahoma St.)

    SS - Eric Brown (Coastal Carolina)

    OF - Jordan Beck (Tennessee), Jared McKenzie (Baylor), Jace Grady (Dallas Baptist)

    DH - Cayden Wallace (Arkansas)

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    Last edited by kitzbuel; 01-24-2022, 01:30 AM.

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