Vanderbilt’s Sonny Gray and Jason Esposito were named preseason All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Wednesday.
Gray, a junior pitcher, was named to the second team. Esposito, a junior third baseman, was selected to the third team.
Gray, a native of Smyrna, was 10-5 with a 3.48 ERA last year. He also struck out 113 in 108.2 innings as the team’s ace.
Esposito, who is from Bethany, Conn., hit .359 with 12 home runs, 64 RBIs and 65 runs scored. He also had a team-high 31 stolen bases.
Gray and Esposito were two of nine Southeastern Conference players to be honored.