MSU baseball team filled with talent heading into 2012
Michigan State is coming off its Big Ten Championship season in 2011 — its first sine 1979 — and the team is filled with some of the conference’s top talent heading into 2012.
Several Spartans made an appearance in the College Baseball Insider 2012 Big Ten preview — voted as the best in various categories by conference coaches.
A 2012 preseason third-team Louisville Slugger All-American, third baseman Torsten Boss was listed as one of the best pure hitters and biggest power threats. Boss was named first-team All-Big Ten last season. Boss hit .370 with seven homers and 59 RBIs in 2011.
Boss also is rated the No. 1 Big Ten prospect for the 2012 MLB Draft prospect from the Big Ten by Perfect Game.
Tony Bucciferro, a first-team All-Big Ten performer in 2011, tied for the top starting pitcher.
He went 8-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 2011, while throwing three complete games.
Second baseman Ryan Jones was voted as the toughest hitter to strike out. Jones was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2011, after being named the Big Ten’s freshman of the year in 2010.
Jones hit .344 and scored 62 runs in 2011. He struck out just 12 times in 218 at-bats.
Boss, Buccifero and Jones all player in the Cape Cod League last summer.
A member of the All-Big Ten freshman team last season, David Garner was named the most underrated pitcher.
Shortstop Justin Scanlon was voted as the best defensive infielder.
The Spartans open their season on Feb. 17 against St. John’s in the Big Ten-Big East Challenge.
The Spartans also have received many preseason honors. Closer Tony Weiber is on the watch list for the NBCWA Stopper of the Year award — given to the best closer in the nation.
The reigning Big Ten Champions also received votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America preseason poll.