Dec. 26, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Brandon Leibrandt and Mike Compton were honored as Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans for the upcoming 2013 baseball season as announced by Collegiate Baseball on Friday, December 21.
Both Seminole hurlers, who earned a spot on the 2013 preseason third team, pitched in the weekend rotation the entire 2012 season combining for 20 of Florida State’s 50 wins in 37 starts.
Leibrandt got the nod as the Seminoles’ opening day starter and pitched in the Friday night spot all season long in 2012. He made Florida State history in becoming the first freshman to start an opening day game in the program’s 65-year history.
The freshman southpaw finished the season with an 8-3 record and a 2.82 ERA. His best performance of the season came against Samford in the Tallahassee Regional where he worked 8.0 shutout innings and recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts. Leibrandt was honored for his performance as he was named to the Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament team.
The Alpharetta, Ga., native concluded his freshman campaign leading the team in innings pitched (99.0) and strikeouts (83), while holding opponents to a .243 batting average in 19 starts. He finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in wins (t-4th), innings pitched (t-4th), strikeouts (t-9th) and ERA (10th). Leibrandt worked 5.0 or more innings in 14 starts in 2012 and did not allow a run five times. Florida State was 14-5 in games that Leibrandt started.
Compton adds a second preseason award to his resume in 2013 as he was also named a third team Preseason All-American by the NCBWA.
The Branson, Mo., native posted a 12-2 record with a 2.87 ERA in 18 starts in his first season at Florida State in 2012. The right hander made an immediate impact on FSU’s starting rotation a season ago earning a spot in the weekend rotation in the series opener against Hofstra. He would maintain his spot in the rotation throughout the Seminoles’ run to the College World Series.
Compton finished the season tied for the second most wins nationally while leading all freshmen in that category. He was the first 10-game winner in the ACC in 2012 and closed out the year as the only player in the league to reach double-digit victories. Compton went on to finish 13th in the ACC in ERA en route to earning second team all-conference honors.
Compton made three starts in the NCAA Tournament and picked up wins against Samford and Stony Brook. In both outings, the Seminole pitcher worked 6.0 innings and allowed just two runs. Compton was the pitcher of record in FSU’s 5-2 victory over Samford to clinch the Tallahassee Regional. He then helped Florida State stave off elimination in Omaha as he led the Seminoles to a 12-2 victory over Stony Brook in the College World Series.
He finished his freshman campaign with 64 strikeouts in 91.0 innings of work while holding opponents to a .260 batting average. Compton allowed two earned runs or less in 16 of his 18 starts, while yielding no runs three times.
Leibrandt, Compton and the rest of the Seminoles will look to return to Omaha in 2013 when the season begins Friday, February 15 at 4:00 p.m. as Florida State hosts the University of Rhode Island for a three-game series on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Field.
The 2013 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American teams include:
FIRST TEAM PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS
RHP Nick Petree, Missouri St. (10-4, 1.01 ERA, 114 K, went 73 innings without allowing earned run)
RHP Mark Appel, Stanford (10-2, 2.56 ERA, 130 K, 30 BB, possible top pick in 2013 Draft)
LHP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State (9-0, 1.57 ERA, 135 K, 41 BB)
RHP Trevor Williams, Arizona St. (12-2, 2.05 ERA, 59 K, 13 BB)
RHP Adam Plutko, UCLA (12-3, 2.48 ERA, 99 K, 47 BB)
LHP Sean Manaea, Indiana St. (dominated Cape Cod League with 95 mph fastball, 5-1, 1.22 ERA, 85 K)
Relief Jimmie Sherfy, Oregon (19 SV, 5-3, 2.20 ERA, 93 K, 34 BB)
C Mitchell Garver, New Mexico (great defense, .377, 10 HR, 27 2B, 57 RBI)
1B George Roberts, Kent St. (.364, 8 HR, 23 2B, 66 RBI)
2B L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut (.339, 9 HR, 19 2B, 30 RBI, 16 SB)
3B D.J. Peterson, New Mexico (.419, 17 HR, 21 2B, 78 RBI)
SS Trea Turner, N.C. State (.336, 5 HR, 13 2B, 43 RBI, 57 SB)
OF Raph Rhymes, Louisiana St. (.431, 4 HR, 11 2B, 53 RBI)
OF Michael Conforto, Oregon St. (.349, 13 HR, 14 2B, 76 RBI)
OF Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist (.374, 13 HR, 23 2B, 58 RBI, 15 SB)
DH Nick Backlund, Mercer (.381, 16 HR, 16 2B, 58 RBI)
UT (CF/RHP) Michael Lorenzen, Cal. St. Fullerton (.297, 20 2B, 43 RBI, 14 SB, 16 SV, 1.23 ERA)
SECOND TEAM PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS
RHP Ryne Stanek, Arkansas
LHP Kent Emanuel, North Carolina
LHP Dillon Overton, Oklahoma
RHP Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma
RHP Chris Rowley, Army
RHP Buck Farmer, Georgia Tech
RHP Konner Wade, Arizona
LHP Corey Littrell, Kentucky
RHP Tyler Skulina, Kent St.
RHP Bobby Wahl, Mississippi
RHP Aaron Nola, Louisiana St.
Relief Corey Knebel, Texas
Relief Aaron Burke, Coastal Carolina
C Grayson Greiner, South Carolina
C Spencer Navin, Vanderbilt
1B Mason Katz, Louisiana St.
1B Conrad Gregor, Vanderbilt
2B Erich Weiss, Texas
3B Kris Bryant, San Diego
SS Adam Frazier, Mississippi St.
OF Johnny Field, Arizona
OF Austin Cousino, Kentucky
OF Austin Wilson, Stanford
UT Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga
THIRD TEAM PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS
RHP Preston Morrison, Texas Christian
RHP Andrew Mitchell, Texas Christian
LHP Brandon Leibrandt, Florida St.
RHP Mike Compton, Florida St.
LHP Jordan Montgomery, South Carolina
RHP Colby Holmes, South Carolina
RHP Andrew Pierce, Southern Mississippi
LHP Ben Wetzler, Oregon St.
RHP Jonathon Crawford, Florida
RHP Austin Kubitza, Rice
Relief Preston Hatcher, Western Carolina
Relief Michael Wagner, San Diego
Relief Dan Slania, Notre Dame
Relief Jonathan Holder, Mississippi St.
Relief Colby Suggs, Arkansas
Relief Tyler Webb, South Carolina
Relief Ryan Connolly, Coastal Carolina
C Riley Moore, Arizona
C Austin Wynns, Fresno St.
1B Brian Ragira, Stanford
1B Johnny Coy, Wichita St.
1B Ryan Padilla, New Mexico
2B Steve Wilkerson, Clemson
2B Jordan Hankins, Austin Peay St.
2B Dominic Ficociello, Arkansas
2B Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt
3B Colin Moran, North Carolina
3B Eric Jagielo, Notre Dame
3B Joey Cujas, Virginia Commonwealth
3B Alex Blandino, Stanford
3B Jose Trevino, Oral Roberts
SS Hunter Dozier, Stephen F. Austin
SS Parker Hipp, New Mexico St.
OF Hunter Renfroe, Mississippi St.
OF Phillip Ervin, Samford
OF Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech.
OF Bill Cullen, Virginia Commonwealth
OF Tyler Molinaro, N.C. Wilmington
UT Desmond Russell, Jackson St.