KU starter Ryan Zeferjahn named Baseball America Preseason All-American

Baseball America announced Monday morning that Kansas junior starting pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn was named to its preseason all-America team.

Forty-two players from across the country represent 35 different schools on the three teams, with Zeferjahn earning a third-team nod. No other KU player has ever earned a preseason all-America team recognition from Baseball America.

"It is a great honor for Zeferjahn to see his name right there among some of the top prospects in college baseball," head coach Ritch Price said in a team release. "He has a chance to be one of the most dominant pitchers in college baseball and a chance to be a first or second round draft pick. He has been a great role model for our younger pitchers and am hopeful that when the season is over, he will be one of the highest draft picks in Kansas history."

Zeferjahn finished the 2018 season with a record of 8-5 and a 4.48 ERA, earning a second-team all-Big 12 selection.

"It's something I expect of myself, but when you actually hear it, it's humbling," Zeferjahn said. "It's an honor that the best players in college baseball earn, and it is going to motivate me to keep working hard toward a successful year."