South Carolina junior infielder Joey Pankake earned second-team Preseason All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) as announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Pankake is one of the top returning hitters in the SEC and the country. A participant in last year's Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Pankake raised his average to .311 last year to go along with 11 homers and 42 RBI and a slugging percentage of .496. Perfect Game USA ranks him No. 30 on the list of top college draft-eligible players for the 2014 MLB Draft with Baseball America listing him No. 40 in the nation.
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