Will Wilson and Patrick Bailey were expected to team up with Evan Edwards to form a three-headed offensive monster for the NC State baseball team this spring and that’s exactly what they did. Now, Wilson and Bailey are being honored for their efforts, with each being bestowed All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball. Wilson earned a 2nd Team nod and Bailey 3rd team.
Collegiate Baseball really loves themselves some Pack9 baseball (we love you, too, bros!). This is the same publication that had the Wolfpack ranked #1 after the unreal undefeated run to start the season. It’s also the second straight season they’ve named Wilson a 2nd Team All-American, and they also named him a Freshman All-American in 2017 (and named Bailey a Freshman All-American in 2018 - along with every other baseball outlet). I’m not really sure they’re fully prepared for Wilson to go pro; they better start planning now.
Wilson, a 1st Team All-ACC pick this year, is slashing .346/.435/.682 with 20 2B, 16 HR, 55 R, 57 RBI, and a 32:41 BB:K ratio heading into the regional in Greenville. Bailey is slashing .291/.394/.509 with 17 2B, 9 HR, 49 R, 44 RBI, and a 40:41 BB:K ratio.
To be circle back and be completely fair, Edwards is completely deserving of some All-America honors himself, but likely won’t receive any because there are a ton of mashing first baseman in the college ranks this year. Edwards is slashing .330/.454/.598 with 17 2B, 13 HR, 58 R, 58 RBI, and a 50:45 BB:K ratio. He’s also third on the team in stolen bases with six.
Former NC State pitcher Evan Brabrand (now a reliever at Liberty) was named to the 3rd Team.
Also from the ACC, Wake Forest first baseman and ACC Player-of-the-Year Bobby Seymour was named a 1st Team All-American while UNC-CH freshman freak baseball masher and Jersey Shore castoff Aaron Sabato was also tabbed as a 1st Teamer. East Carolina, one of NC State’s regional opponents, had two players named to the 1st Team: JR LHP Jake Agnos and SO UTIL Alec Burleson.