UNLV pitcher Erick Fedde, who prepped at Las Vegas High School, was named to Baseball America’s Preseason All-American Second Team on Monday.
Fedde, who has a 13-8 career record with the Rebels, was also ranked the 17th best junior in the country by Baseball America. He is the first Rebel to be named preseason All-American since Brandon Bayardi earned an honorable mention by College Baseball Insider in 2012.
“When we took this program over we had a vision and we recruited these local guys and told them they were going to be the group to turn this program around,” UNLV head coach Tim Chambers told UNLVRebels.com. “Fedde, along with our other guys, totally bought in. To see him grow from a kid who came in here throwing 85 miles per hour to now throwing 96 and getting opportunities to play in the Cape Cod League and to pitch for Team USA is just incredible. He, along with his classmates, have become the faces of our program and I couldn’t be happier.”
Fedde was named the Midseason Outstanding Pitcher by Right Field Fog for his performance in the Cape Cod League before joining Team USA last summer. He had a 7-3 record with a 3.92 ERA and ranked fourth in the Mountain West with 83 strikeouts last season.
UNLV opens its 2014 season against Central Michigan on Valentines Days at 6:05 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
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