KU's Zeferjahn named Baseball America Preseason All-American

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Former Seaman standout and current Kansas pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn has been named to Baseball America's Preseason All-American team.

The team is made up of 42 players representing 35 different schools across the country. Zeferjahn earned a third-team nod.

"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 KU press 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."

According to the release and based on past teams, Baseball America's All-American team has been a predictor of both the first round of the MLB draft and of team success.

Zeferjahn is the first Jayhawk to ever earn the nod from Baseball America.

The honors come on the heels of Zeferjahn's 100-strikeout 2018 season in which he was also named to the All-Big 12 Second Team. He racked up a record 8-5 and a 4.48 ERA.

Kansas opens the 2019 season at South Carolina Upstate from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18 before the Jayhawks return for their home opener against Omaha on Feb. 20.