AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn shortstop Ryan Bliss has been named Perfect Game/Rawlings Preseason Third Team All-America, the publication announced Tuesday.
The recognition comes after Bliss was also named Preseason Third Team All-America by Collegiate Baseball last month.
Bliss has accounted for 99 hits since the start of the 2019 season, marking the sixth most in the Southeastern Conference during that time and the second most among active players. He is tied with teammate Rankin Woley in the category.
A native of LaGrange, Georgia, Bliss ranked second in the SEC and sixth in the country in hits (29) in 2020. He also appeared in the top 10 in the league in runs (21), doubles (seven), triples (two) and total bases (46).
Making the move from second base to shortstop prior to the season, Bliss started in all 18 games and didn’t commit an error in 58 chances en route to earning Third Team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball at the position. He was also a threat on the base paths as he tied for the team lead with five stolen bases.