June 27, 2016 - by
Three Seminoles Recognized as All-Americans

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State freshmen Tyler Holton and Cal Raleigh were named as Freshman All-Americans by Baseball America, while teammate Taylor Walls received Honorable Mention All-American honors from Perfect Game in a series of announcements released today.

Holton, who garnered his first postseason honor of the season, was a Second Team All-American utility player by Baseball America. A two-way player, he was a .222 hitter with six hits, seven runs, two doubles and two home runs at the plate. Holton posted a .519 slugging percentage in 24 games, making six starts between the infield and outfield.

Holton made his biggest impact on the mound where he finished with a 3-4 record and 2.79 ERA. The Tallahassee, Fla., native gained a spot in the starting rotation inside the final month of the season and emerged with a pair of eight-strikeout performances against Florida Gulf Coast (May 11) and Miami (May 21). He followed those outings with a season-high nine strikeouts in a 5-4 victory over the Hurricanes (May 28), helping Florida State sweep Pool A play and advance to the ACC Championship game.

Holton again came through in the clutch for the Seminoles when he posted a win in the Tallahassee Regional over Southern Mississippi. The lefty tossed 5.2 innings, allowed three hits, two earned runs, two walks and posted six strikeouts in the first postseason starting assignment.

Raleigh, named as a First Team All-American catcher by Baseball America, was also recognized by Louisville Slugger (Freshman All-American) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (All-Freshman Team) since the conclusion of this season.
Raleigh left his mark on the Florida State lineup this season as he ranked among the top five of ten major categories including home runs (10-2nd), RBI (50-3rd), doubles (16-t-3rd), walks (42-3rd), runs (45-4th), hits (69-4th), total bases (117-4th), batting average (.301-5th), slugging percentage (.511-5th), on-base percentage (.412-5th).

Starting in 62 of the Seminoles’ 63 contests, Raleigh finished with at least two hits in 20 of those contests, placing him among the top four hitters in the lineup. The Cullowhee, NC, native established his season-high in hits (three) against Georgia Tech (March 11) and tied the mark on two occasions against both Louisville (April 8) and NC State (May 25).

Walls earned his fourth postseason honor of the season after previous recognition from Baseball America (First Team All-American), All-ACC (Second Team) and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (Third Team All-American).

Walls was one of only two players along with John Sansone to start all 63 contests for Florida State this season. A vital part of helping FSU win 40 games for the 39th straight season, Walls ranked in the top five of 12 major categories for the Seminoles including runs (72-1st), walks (59-1st), hits (88-2nd), at-bats (248-2nd), doubles (20-2nd), on-base percentage (.479-2nd), stolen bases (14-2nd), batting average (.355-3rd), total bases (128-3rd), slugging percentage (.516-4th), RBI (46-4th) and home runs (6-4th).

Walls played a vital role in helping the Seminoles reach their NCAA record 15thSuper Regional coming through with 25 multi-hit games, including a career-best 4-for-4 outing against Pittsburgh (March 19). He also recorded multiple RBI in 12 games, establishing a new career-high (four) on two occasions against Notre Dame (April 24) and Florida Gulf Coast (May 11).

Three Seminoles Recognized as All-Americans

Baseball America Freshman All-American Selections

First Team

Pos. Name, School
C Cal Raleigh, Florida State
1B Joe Davis, Houston
2B Nick Madrigal, Oregon State
3B Jonathan India, Florida
SS Ford Proctor, Rice
OF Seth Beer, Clemson
OF Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
OF Dwayna Williams-Sutton, East Carolina
DH Kevin Strohschein, Tennessee Tech
UTL Luken Baker, Texas Christian
SP Tristan Beck, Stanford
SP Colton Eastman, Cal State Fullerton
SP Davis Martin, Texas Tech
SP Braden Webb, South Carolina
RP Durbin Feltman, Texas Christian

Second Team

Pos. Name, School
C Joey Bart, Georgia Tech
1B Grayson Jenista, Wichita State
2B Richie Palacios, Towson
3B Ivan Vera, West Virginia
SS Owen Miller, Illinois State
OF D.J. Artis, Liberty
OF Darius Hill, West Virginia
OF Josh Watson, Texas Christian
DH Alonzo Jones, Vanderbilt
UTL Tyler Holton, Florida State
SP Tim Cate, Connecticut
SP Jensen Elliott, Oklahoma State
SP Ross Massey, Tulane
SP Jacob Stevens, Boston College
RP Chad Luensmann, Nebraska

Perfect Game / Rawlings All-American Selections

First Team

Pos. Name, School
C Zack Collins, Miami
1B Pete Alonso, Florida
2B Jake Noll, Florida Gulf Coast
3B Nick Senzel, Tennessee
SS Sheldon Neuse, Oklahoma
OF Kyle Lewis, Mercer
OF Seth Beer, Clemson
OF Corey Ray, Louisville
DH Will Craig, Wake Forest
UT Darick Hall, Dallas Baptist
SP Eric Lauer, Kent State
SP Logan Shore, Florida
SP A.J. Puckett , Pepperdine
SP Tyler Wilson, Rhode Island
SP Connor Jones, Virginia
RP Troy Rallings, Washington
RP Pat Krall, Clemson
UT Darick Hall, Dallas Baptist

Second Team

Pos. Name, School
C Chris Okey, Clemson
1B Jameson Fisher, Southeastern Louisiana
2B Nick Solak, Louisville
3B Boomer White, Texas A&M
SS C.J. Chatham, Florida Atlantic
OF Anfernee Grier, Auburn
OF Heath Quinn, Samford
OF J.B. Woodman, Mississippi
DH Nick Feight, UNC Wilmington
UT Brendan McKay, Louisville
SP Alex Faedo, Florida
SP James Karinchak, Bryant
SP Drew Harrington, Louisville
SP Thomas Hatch, Oklahoma State
SP Aaron Civale, Northeastern
RP Shaun Anderson, Florida
RP Mike Morrison, Coastal Carolina
UT Brendan McKay, Louisville

Third Team

Pos. Name, School
C Brett Cumberland, California
1B Eric Gutierrez, Texas Tech
2B Brian Mims, UNC Wilmington
3B Jake Burger, Missouri State
SS Charles LeBlanc, Pittsburgh
OF Ronnie Dawson, Ohio State
OF Connor Owings, Coastal Carolina
OF Ryan Scott, Arkansas-Little Rock
DH Matt Thaiss, Virginia
UT Adam Haseley, Virginia
SP Anthony Kay, UConn
SP Dakota Hudson, Mississippi State
SP Kade McClure, Louisville
SP Darren McCaughan, Long Beach State
SP Michael Rucker, BYU
RP Mark Ecker, Texas A&M
RP Thomas Hackimer, St. John’s
UT Adam Haseley, Virginia

Honorable Mention

Pos. Name, School
C Deon Stafford, Saint Joseph’s
1B Scott Schreiber, Nebraska
2B Trey York, East Tennessee State
3B Zach Remillard, Coastal Carolina
SS Taylor Walls, Florida State
OF Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt
OF Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt
OF Kevin Strohschein, Tennessee Tech
DH Alex Call, Ball State
UT Luken Baker, Texas Christian
SP Ryan Foster, UNC Wilmington
SP Kyle Simonds, Texas A&M
SP Corbin Burnes, Saint Mary’s
SP Evan Kruczynski, East Carolina
SP Andrew Beckwith, Coastal Carolina
RP Bryan Garcia, Miami
RP Bobby Dalbec, Arizona
UT Luken Baker, Texas Christian

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