Cal Poly Brooks Lee Shortstop Wins Fourth All-America Prize
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif .– The All-American season is over for NCAA Division I baseball and Cal Poly freshman shortstop Brooks lee makes four of five.
The last of the five teams was announced Monday by D1Baseball.com and Lee landed on the first unit with his .342 / .384 / .626 slash line.
In the previous four weeks since the regular season ended on Memorial Day weekend, Lee was named first team by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and second unit by Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Lee’s four All-America honors are the most awarded by a Cal Poly baseball player since the Mustangs elevated their program to Division I before the 1995 season. Infielder Mark Mathias has been honored three times in 2014, while outfielder Grant Desme won similar honors in 2007.
Arkansas closest Kevin Kopps is D1 Baseball of the Year. A year after posting an 8.18 ERA in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the sixth-year ERA went 12-1 with a 0.90 ERA and 11 saves with 131 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 89 2/3 innings. Kopps kept his opponents at a batting average of 0.162.
College World Series finalists Vanderbilt and Mississippi State each placed two players on the All-America First Team, as did East Carolina. Vandy pitchers Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter both lived up to their All-America first-team billing and landed in the playoff squad as well. SEC Player of the Year Tanner Allen and close friend Landon Sims represent the State of Mississippi in the first team. And East Carolina put second baseman Connor Norby and pitcher Gavin Williams on the first team.
D1Baseball Editors and National Editors determined All-America teams based on their performance in the regular season and playoffs, taking into account the quality of the competition.
Lee made just six mistakes in 54 games for a .974 defensive percentage, No. 2 among regular shortstops in the Big West. He hasn’t made any mistakes in Cal Poly’s last 21 games of the 2021 season.
His team-best batting average of 0.342 included a school record of 27 doubles, three triples and 10 homers, all team-highs as well. Lee finished with more extra hits (40) than singles (36) and hit safely in 41 of the 54 games he played, producing 12, 11 and nine game hitting streaks.
Lee led the Mustangs in multi-stroke games with 25 and led the Big West with his 16 multi-run contests.
Last week, Lee became the first winner of Cal Poly’s first ABCA All-West Region team in seven years.
Other honors Lee has already won are Big West Conference Co-Field Player of the Year and Co-Freshman Field Player of the Year, a place in the All-Big West First Team, Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and one of the five National Co -Freshman Players of the Year by Collegiate Baseball.
Lee is one of six finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s best shortstop and was also a semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, presented as Player of the Year, and finalist for the ABCA / Rawlings National Gold Award. Glove at the shortstop.
Lee led the Mustangs in RBIs (57), hits (76), aggregate goals (139) and sacrificial flies (8). His single-season school record of 27 doubles is tied for fifth place in the Big West’s record books.
Lee has won Big West Fielder of the Week honors three times this season and was the 54th Mustang to win All-Big West First Team honors. He was first in the Big West in doubles, stroke percentage, RBI, sacrificial fly and total goals, third in homers and hits, sixth in runs scored and ninth in batting average.
Nationally, Lee was No. 2 in doubles and sacrificial flies, 16th overall in goals, 33rd in RBIs and 36th in hits.
Lee won back-to-back Big West Player of the Week awards in March after winning 7 for 12 against Utah Valley and 7 for 14 against UCLA, making 14 races in both series and winning his third after the Cal State Fullerton Series at the mid-May (9 against 18, four doubles, grand slam, five runs scored, seven RBIs).
In addition to Lee, UC Santa Barbara pitcher Rodney Boone has been named to the D1Baseball.com All-American Third Team.
Other West Coast school players honored by D1Baseball.com include Oregon designated first-team hitter Aaron Zavala, Nevada first baseman Dillan Shrum, Stanford outfielder Brock Jones and starting pitcher. Brendan Beck in the second team, Arizona designate hitter Jacob Berry in the second. unit, and Arizona wide receiver Daniel Susac and UCLA first baseman JT Schwartz on the third team.