Phegley Collects CBN All-America Honors
May 29, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore catcher Josh Phegley has been named a 2008 Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the publication announced today. Phegley finished off one of the best offensive seasons in IU history with a .438 average, 15 home runs, 80 RBI and 20 doubles.
Phegley was one of four Big Ten players to be honored by the publication. The sophomore was joined by a trio of Michigan upperclassmen in Big Ten Player of the Year Nate Recknagel, Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Zach Putnam and First Team All-Big Ten pitcher Chris Fetter. All four conference players were selected to the second team. Phegley was edged for first team honors by National Player of the Year Buster Posey, a catcher for Florida State.
Earlier this week, Phegley was invited to the 2008 USA Baseball National Team Trials. Phegley is one of 26 college underclassmen that have earned invites to the Trials, which will take place from June 11-23 throughout the eastern part of the United States. Of the 32 who will eventually be invited to the Trials, 22 will be selected for the National Team, which will be chosen on June 24.
The Terre Haute, Ind., native was the only Big Ten player with an average over .400 and also was the only one with an on-base percentage over .500 (.507). He led the conference in average, hits, total bases, sacrifice flies, OBP and RBI on the year, and finished second in runs (69) and slugging percentage (.746). Phegley is currently second in the nation in average and fifth in RBI.
Phegley's season places him in the top 10 in school history in a number of categories. His season is among the Hoosiers' all-time leaders in average (3rd), RBI (4th), runs (8th), hits (t-2nd), doubles (t-5th), home runs (t-7th), extra-base hits (t-7th) and slugging (10th). He also set a school and conference record for RBI in Big Ten games by driving in 45 in 36 contests.
Check back soon