Alabama’s Prielipp, Praytor Selected as Preseason All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball News

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama’s Connor Prielipp and Sam Praytor were selected as Collegiate Baseball News Preseason All-Americans, the outlet announced on Tuesday morning. Prielipp was named to the outlet’s first team as a starting pitcher while Praytor was featured on CBN’s third team at catcher.

In addition to the preseason All-America honors, the Crimson Tide was selected as the No. 27 overall team on CBN’s Fabulous 50 Preseason poll.

First Team All-American

Connor Prielipp, Starting Pitcher

  • Finished his first season with the Crimson Tide by earning First Team and Freshman All-America honors from CBN in addition to being named one the outlet’s four National Freshman Players of the Year
  • Selected as Perfect Game USA’s “Impact Freshman of the Year” while also being tabbed as’s “Top Freshman Pitcher” at season’s end
  • Maintained a perfect 0.00 ERA (21.0 IP) and a 3-0 record across his four starts before the season was cut short due to the pandemic
  • Struck out 35 while walking just six and limited the opposition to an SEC-low .077 batting average
  • Allowed the fewest hits (5) and earned runs (0) in the SEC and gave up just 2.14 hits per nine innings to lead the SEC and rank third nationally
  • Led the conference and ranked fifth in the country with a 0.52 WHIP while tying for third in SEC in strikeouts

Third Team All-American

Sam Praytor, Catcher

  • The Crimson Tide’s starting catcher and one of the veteran leaders for UA
  • Saw time in 16 games a season ago, leading Alabama in home runs (6) while ranking third in average at .350 (21-60)
  • Added 18 RBI and 14 runs scored while walking seven times during the pandemic-shortened season
  • Praytor’s red-hot start saw the redshirt sophomore set new single-season career-highs in home runs and RBI before the Tide was able to begin SEC play
  • Seen time in 68 career games for the Tide with 64 career starts between catcher and designated hitter

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