SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara junior catcher Eric Yang added to his impressive haul of accolades after being named a Second Team All-American by Baseball America, it was announced on Monday.
A seventh round selection by the Cincinnati Reds in last week's Major League Baseball Draft, Yang adds another All-American selection to his award tally after already being named Big West Field Player of the Year, a finalist for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year, Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-American and First Team All-Big West.
The West Hills, Calif. native enjoyed a breakout season for the record-setting Gauchos, leading the team with a .368 batting average (77-for-209) to go along with seven home runs and 45 RBIs. Yang played in all 56 games for Santa Barbara, starting 46 behind the dish and 10 at designated hitter, while leading UCSB (45-11) to its 12th NCAA Regional appearance in program history. He also led the team with 25 multi-hit games and finished with a slash line of .368/.479/.545.
Defensively, Yang was exceptional. He threw out 10 runners trying to steal in 30 attempts for a 33.3 caught stealing percentage and recorded a .993 fielding percentage. In addition to his numerous honors, Yang was also named Big West Athlete of the Week (Apr. 1) after hitting .500 (7-for-14) with a home run and six RBIs to lead UCSB to a series win at Cal State Fullerton.