Phegley Named ABCA All-American
June 16, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore catcher Josh Phegley has been named a 2008 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the organization announced today. Phegley, who earlier collected All-America honors from the National College Baseball Writers of America and Collegiate Baseball News, 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 just four Big Ten players to be honored by the organization. The sophomore was joined by Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Zach Putnam on the second team. Big Ten Player of the Year Nate Recknagel was a third team selection, as was Illinois outfielder Kyle Hudson. Phegley was one of just 10 underclassmen on the first or second team.
Phegley is currently playing with the USA Baseball National Team, where he has played in two of the team's four games and has a pair of doubles so far for the squad. The catcher is one of 38 college underclassmen that have earned invites to the Trials, which will take place through June 23 throughout the eastern part of the United States. Of the 38, 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.
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