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Baseball America Preseason Team Includes Big 12 Trio
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Ross Kivett (Kansas State) and Brandon Finnegan add to their preseason All-America honors with selections to Baseball America’s 2014 preseason teams. Kevin Cron (TCU) also earned a designation.
 
Kivett collects his fourth preseason All-American nod this year and is the first K-State baseball player to garner four preseason All-American honors in a single season.
 
The 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year has also been named to the preseason All-American first teams for Collegiate Baseball newspaper, NCBWA and Perfect Game. Kivett was named an All-American by three different organizations following last season, including Baseball America’s third team.
 
Finnegan was also tabbed with a preseason second team All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball. A 2013 Big 12 honorable mention performer, Finnegan led the Horned Frogs with 86 strikeouts in 79.1 innings pitched last season. In 16 appearances, he posted a 3.18 ERA and held opponents to a .257 batting average against. Finnegan spent the summer representing the USA as a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. He went 3-1 with a 1.14 ERA in six appearances with the national team. Baseball America recently tagged Finnegan as the 13th ranked prospect for the upcoming 2014 MLB draft.
 
Cron batted .208 in his sophomore campaign last season with 20 RBI and a .276 slugging percentage.
 
In addition to the Baseball America trio of preseason honorees, the Big 12 has also had four other players selected to various preseason All-America lists for the upcoming season, including Jake Matthys (K-State), Preston Morrison (TCU), Mark Payton (Texas), and Harrison Musgrave (West Virginia).
 
BIG 12 BASEBALL PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS

ROSS KIVETT, K-State, Sr., 2B
First Team Louisville Slugger All-America
First Team NCBWA All-America
First Team Perfect Game All-America
Third Team Baseball America All-America

JAKE MATTHYS, K-State, So., RHP
Third Team Louisville Slugger All-America

KEVIN CRON, TCU, Jr., 1B
Third Team Baseball America All-America

BRANDON FINNEGAN, TCU, Jr., LHP
Second Team Baseball America All-America
Third Team Louisville Slugger All-America

PRESTON MORRISON, TCU, Jr., RHP
Third Team NCBWA All-America

MARK PAYTON, Texas, Sr., OF
Third Team NCBWA All-America

HARRISON MUSGRAVE, West Virginia, Jr., LHP
Second Team Louisville Slugger All-America
Second Team NCBWA All-America

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