North Carolina sophomores Dustin Ackley and Alex White and junior Tim Federowicz each picked up third-team preseason All-America honors from Baseball America Friday. The Durham-based publication Baseball America annually polls scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and major league potential.
Ackley and Federowicz were both named to their third preseason All-America squad, while White picked up his first honor of the preseason. A total of five Tar Heels have now been named to at least one preseason All-America squad. In addition to this trio, reliever Rob Wooten and right-handed starter Adam Warren also claimed preseason accolades.
The consensus national freshman of the year and an All-America a year ago, Ackley hit .402 with 10 home runs and 74 RBI. He led the nation and set a school record with 119 base hits. After playing first base a year ago, Ackley will likely play left field much of this season.
A second-team all-conference choice in 2007 and a third-team preseason All-America pick, Federowicz batted .333 with four home runs and 65 RBI. An outstanding defensive catcher, he also pitched in 19 games and went 2-2 with three saves.
White was 6-7 with a 4.94 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings as a rookie in 2007. He earned freshman All-America honors from Rivals.com and was the lone sophomore starting pitcher honored on Baseball America?s preseason squad.
The Tar Heels are currently in the midst of preseason team practice and open the 2008 season at Florida Atlantic Feb. 22.