May 30, 2007 - by
Tony Thomas, Jr. Named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year

May 30, 2007

Tucson, Ariz. – The postseason accolades continued to pour in for the Florida State baseball team in 2007 as the Collegiate Baseball newspaper announced the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America baseball teams and National Players of the Year on Wednesday, May 30. Tony Thomas, Jr. was recognized as a National Player of the Year while earning first-team All-America honors. Senior Bryan Henry and sophomore Buster Posey were also honored for their efforts this season receiving first-team All-American accolades.

Collegiate Baseball named Thomas as well as Vanderbilt’s David Price as its National Players of the Year. Thomas leads the nation in doubles per game (0.55) and is tied for the national lead in runs per game at 1.50. He currently ranks fourth in hitting with a .442 average, the third highest single-season average in school history. At the ACC Tournament in Jacksonville, the junior second baseman became the first Seminole player to register 30 doubles, 100 hits and 30 stolen bases in a single-season. Thomas, the ACC Player of the Year in 2007, also leads the league in seven offensive statistical categories while ranking in the top 10 in four others.

Thomas becomes the third Seminole student-athlete to garner National Player of the Year accolades from Collegiate Baseball joining J.D. Drew in 1997 and Shane Robinson in 2005.

For just the third time in school history and for the first time since 1999, Florida State was honored with three first-team All-Americans. Henry, Posey and Thomas were all named to the first-team by Louisville Slugger. Florida State and Vanderbilt were the only two schools to place three student-athletes on the first-team.

Henry enters the NCAA Tournament as the nation’s leader in wins with 14, while ranking 22nd with 112 strikeouts. The senior right hander put together a perfect regular season posting a record of 14-0 with an ERA of 2.50 in 16 starts en route to being named ACC Pitcher of the Year. He became the first Seminole pitcher to be named to the All-ACC first team on three separate occasions. The Tallahassee, Fla., native is the seventh pitcher to be named a first-team All-American in FSU history and the first since Nick Stocks was honored by Collegiate Baseball in 1999.

A year after earning freshman All-America accolades as a shortstop; Posey was honored as a first-team catcher in 2007. The sophomore from Leesburg, Ga., has made the transition from shortstop to behind the plate look easy. He has started all 58 games and has posted a fielding percentage of .993 committing just three errors in 448 total chances. He is throwing out 41.5% of base stealers on the season, while opponents have attempted just 41 steals all year. Posey’s offensive production has been just as good as he his hitting .375 with 20 doubles and a team leading 61 RBI’s. He becomes the sixth catcher to be named a first-team All-American joining Tony Richie (2002), Pedro Grifol (1992), Terry Kennedy (1976-77), Ken Suarez (1964) and Buddy Teagle (1962).

Thomas added first-team All-American to his already growing list of accolades this season. The Valrico, Fla., native has been a driving force for the Seminoles this season as he is a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy. Thomas is the fourth second baseman to earn first-team honors and the first since Marshall McDougall in 1999. He also joins Luis Alicea (1986) and Dick Gold (1969) as first-team All-Americans at second base.

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