Three MW Student-Athletes Named to 2013 NCBWA Preseason All-America Team

Dec. 12, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three Mountain West baseball student-athletes were named to the 2013 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-America Team today. New Mexico teammates and 2012 MW Co-Players of the Year Mitchell Garver and DJ Peterson were named to the first team, while MW newcomer Aaron Judge of Fresno State earned second team honors.

Peterson, a junior 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.

Garver, a senior catcher, led the league and ranked among the top 10 nationally in doubles (27/4th) and runs scored (68/9th) last season. The Albuquerque, N.M., product also ranked second in the Conference in both hitting (.377) and slugging percentage (.612), hits (101/6th nationally) and RBI (57), and fourth in on-base percentage (.438). Garver, a 2012 Louisville Slugger and NCBWA Third-Team All-American honoree, was also one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, awarded to the top collegiate catcher. Garver and Peterson led the Lobos to their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2012.

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 a junior 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.