Philadelphia Baseball Review unveils Preseason All-Philly D-1 honorees

Philadelphia Baseball Review Preseason D1 Team
The pandemic has left some lasting impacts on the Philadelphia college baseball scene, but things slowly appear to be returning to some sense of normalcy. As we've done for the past several seasons, the Philadelphia Baseball Review is thrilled to release our Preseason All-Philadelphia Baseball Review lists. 

These lists - broken down by division - aim to spotlight the best college talent in the Philadelphia region. 

We'll begin today by releasing our Division I Preseason All-Philadelphia Baseball Review roster. 

Note that although it appears Penn won't be playing a traditional baseball season, the players listed below remain deserving of recognition. 

Catcher: Tatem Levins, La Salle (Jr.): A Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, he's arguably the best offensive threat playing college baseball in Philadelphia. Led the Explorers last season in RBIs (13), hits (17), doubles (6), total bases (26), slugging (.491), OPS (.900), and walks (10). Named Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year in 2019. 

First Base: Craig Larsen, Penn (Jr.): Second-Team All-Ivy Selection in 2019 and led the team with 44 RBIs —most ever by a Penn freshman. Collected nine hits last season. 

Second Base: Eduardo Malinowski, Penn (Sr.): One of the best middle infielders in the nation. Led all Ivy League players with 16 hits and a .735 slugging percentage last season. Finished 2019 with career highs in batting average (.354), on-base percentage (.419), slugging percentage (.585), doubles (8), triples (5), home runs (4), and runs scored (32). 

Shortstop: Josh Hood, Penn (Jr.): Unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2019 and picked up 10 hits last season in eight games. Led Penn in 2019 with eight home runs and 25 extra-base hits. 

Third Base: Nick Lorusso, Villanova (Jr.): Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2019 after slashing .302/.408/.425. Led the Wildcats with 54 hits and 76 total bases. Dealt with a leg injury last year and played in just 10 games. 

Outfield: Tommy Courtney, Penn (Jr.): An outstanding outfielder who hasn't committed an error in two seasons (164 chances). Finished the 2019 season with a .316 batting average (54-for-171). 

Outfield: Nick O'Day, La Salle (Jr.): Totaled 32 runs, 22 RBIs, seven doubles, and three home runs in his freshman season in 2019. Drove in five runs over eight games in 2020. 

Outfield: Elijah Dickerson, La Salle (So.): Led the Explorers last season in runs scored (10) and total bases (26) during his freshman season. Hit .286 and stole three bases in 14 games last year. 

Outfielder: Jake Artz, Saint Joseph's (Gr.): Has improved in each of his three seasons with the Hawks. Hit .333 over 14 contests last year while collecting six multi-hit games. 

Outfielder: Brendan Hueth, Saint Joseph's (Sr.): Led the Hawks in several categories including at-bats, hits, runs scored, stolen bases, and multi-hit games in 2019. A career .265 hitter with 35 stolen bases over three seasons. 

Infielder: Nate Thomas, Saint Joseph's (Jr.): Led the Hawks in batting average, hits, RBIs, and slugging percentage in 2020. Named to the 2019 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. One of the best offensive threats in the region. 

Pitcher: Gordon Graceffo, Villanova (Jr.): Won each of his four starts last year and was 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA when the season was halted after 14 games. Held opponents to a .216 batting average against and gave up just five extra-base hits (one home run) to 106 batters faced. 

Pitcher: Jimmy Kingsbury, Villanova (Sr.): Made four starts during the abbreviated season and was 2-1 with a 3.08 ERA and a team-best 1.10 WHIP. Led the Wildcats in innings pitched, strikeouts, and opponent batting average. 

Pitcher: Cole Stetzar, Saint Joseph's (Sr.): Led the Hawks in appearances with 22 games in 2019, including four starts. His 2.92 ERA led the team. Has a career 3.59 ERA over 77 2/3 innings.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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