Fresno State's Aaron Judge and New Mexico's DJ Peterson Named to 2013 <em>Baseball America</em> Preseason All-America Team

Jan. 31, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Two Mountain West baseball student-athletes were named to the 2013 Baseball America Preseason All-America Team today. Fresno State junior Aaron Judge was named to the first team, while New Mexico junior DJ Peterson was named to the second team.

Judge won the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Baseball Home Run Derby on July 3, the only player from the western half of the country invited to the event. The native of Linden, Calif., is an outfielder for the Bulldogs. He led FS to a conference tournament title and NCAA Regional appearance in 2012 behind a .308 batting average on 62 hits. Judge finished the season ranked 19th nationally in walks with 48. He also had 47 runs scored, 14 doubles, two triples, four homeruns and 27 RBI. Judge has also been named to the 2013 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-America Second Team.

Peterson, a third baseman, ranked among the top 10 nationally with a .419 batting average (5th), 17 home runs (10th) and 78 RBIs (2nd) in 2012, leading the Mountain West in all three categories to win the league's triple crown. The Gilbert, Ariz., native also topped the MW and was among the NCAA's top 10 in hits (104/3rd) and slugging (.734/2nd) and on-base (.490/7th) percentage. In addition to earning Louisville Slugger and NCBWA First Team All-American accolades, Peterson was also a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award in 2012. The 2012 MW Co-Player of the Year has also been selected to the 2013 NCBWA and Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America First Teams.

Baseball America annually polls major league scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of team success. For example, nine of the 15 draft-eligible members of last year's first team became first-round picks last June, two others were supplemental first-rounders, and all 15 were selected in the top three rounds. In all, 16 of the 18 players drafted in the first round out of four-year colleges last year appeared on one of BA's three preseason All-America teams heading into the season.