Jan. 28, 2013
Junior outfielder Ryan Tella was named to the 2013 College Sports Madness Baseball Preseason All-America Third Team, the website has announced. The site had previously placed Tella on the Preseason All-SEC First Team and teammate and fellow outfielder Cullen Wacker on its Preseason All-SEC Second Team. PerfectGame.org has also selected Tella to its Preseason All-SEC Team.
Tella, from Fremont, Calif., was an 11th-round pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft after hitting a team-best .360 on the top-hitting team in the SEC last season. Auburn's everyday center fielder, he had 12 doubles, four triples and five home runs and pieced together a .448 on-base percentage. A Second Team All-SEC selection by the coaches following last season, he was also named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region Second Team and was a SEBaseball.com All-SEC outfielder. He finished the year ranked in the top 100 nationally in batting average (84th) and hits (85, 66th).
Wacker, a senior from Mobile, hit .350 with 11 doubles, five triples and one home run last season, finishing the year among the SEC leaders in batting average (eighth), slugging percentage (.503, 11th), on-base percentage (.441, eighth) and triples (tied for third). Auburn's starting left fielder 31 times and its designated hitter nine times, he hit a team-high .372 in SEC play with six doubles and three triples.
Perfect Game also tabbed Rocky McCord, the top-rated prospect out of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League following the summer, to be the seventh-best SEC prospect in the 2014 Draft. A sophomore right-handed pitcher, he saw limited action at Auburn last season, appearing in 10 games in relief and putting together a 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings without recording a decision. Over the summer the Spanish Fort native went 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 47 1/3 innings over eight starts, finishing the summer season ranked third in the league in ERA and opponent batting average (.180) and fifth in strike outs (50).
Auburn was picked to finish sixth in the SEC West by Perfect Game and was projected to be one of 10 NCAA Regional participants out of the conference (six from the SEC West, four from the SEC East).
Auburn finished last season 31-28, 13-17 SEC, advancing to the SEC Tournament for a third straight season.
Auburn opens the 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 15 against Maine at 3pm at Plainsman Park. Season tickets are currently on sale.
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