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Blaser Earns ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region Honors

ABCA Release

FULLERTON, Calif. – Dalton Blaser was selected to the 2016 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-West Region First Team, it was announced Wednesday.

Blaser was selected as an outfielder and was one of four players from the Big West Conference (Garrett Hampson and Darren McCaughan, Long Beach State; Shane Bieber, UC Santa Barbara) selected to the first team and five Big West players (Vince Fernandez, UC Riverside; ABCA/Rawlings All-West Second Team) overall.

Blaser, who was drafted in the eighth round (248th overall) by the New York Yankees in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft and signed with the organization on Tuesday, led the team in hits (74), RBIs (38), slugging percentage (.485), on-base percentage (.439) and walks (30). Blaser also belted four home runs in 2016, the first round-trippers of his career. He recorded a multi-homer game on May 8 against UC Riverside, hitting two against the Highlanders to help the Titans complete a three-game sweep at Goodwin Field. Blaser also drove in four runs twice during the season and tallied his first career four-hit game this season.

Blaser was named the 2016 Big West Conference Field Player of the Year, the second straight season a Titans player earned the honor (David Olmedo-Barrera, 2015 co-Player). In conference play, Blaser batted .419 in 24 Big West contests. He earned the conference player of the week honors on May 9 after going 8-for-10 in the three-game set against the Highlanders, including a two-home run game in the series finale.

2016 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I West All-Region First Team

Pos.

Player

Cl.

School

State

C

Brett Cumberland

So.

California

CA

1B

David Greer

Jr.

Arizona State

AZ

2B

Cody Ramer

Sr.

Arizona

AZ

3B

Jeff Bohling

Jr.

Gonzaga

WA

SS

Garrett Hampson

Jr.

Long Beach State

CA

OF

Zach Gibbons

Sr.

Arizona

AZ

OF

Gio Brusa

Sr.

Pacific

OR

OF

Dalton Blaser

Sr.

Cal State Fullerton

CA

DH

Colton Shaver

So.

Brigham Young

UT

P

A.J. Puckett

Jr.

Pepperdine

CA

P

Darren McCaughan

So.

Long Beach State

CA

P

Shane Bieber

Jr.

UC Santa Barbara

CA

RP

Troy Rallings

Sr.

Washington

WA

 

2016 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I West All-Region Second Team

Pos.

Player

Cl.

School

State

C

Logan Ice

Jr.

Oregon State

OR

1B

KJ Harrison

So.

Oregon State

OR

2B

Zach Kirtley

So.

St. Mary's

CA

3B

Brock Carpenter

Jr.

Seattle

WA

SS

Colby Woodmansee

Jr.

Arizona State

WA

OF

TJ Friedl

So.

Nevada

NV

OF

Brennon Lund

Jr.

Brigham Young

UT

OF

Tyler Frost

So.

Gonzaga

WA

OF

Vince Fernandez

Jr.

UC Riverside

CA

DH

David Oppenheim

Sr.

Southern California

CA

P

Seth Martinez

Jr.

Arizona State

AZ

P

Corbin Burnes

Jr.

St. Mary's

CA

P

Brandon Bailey

Jr.

Gonzaga

WA

P

Michael Rucker

Jr.

Brigham Young

UT

RP

Stephen Nogosek

Jr.

Oregon

OR

 

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