Although the 2020 College World Series was canceled in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN still wanted to celebrate the baseball postseason that would have been.
If you took the best player at every position in college baseball history, who would make the all-time team? We’re here to find out.
Starting Monday, you can vote for the top players. Voting will be available for each position for three days, and when it’s over, we’ll have a final lineup reveal.
First up is catcher, followed by shortstop, second base, first base, third base, relief pitcher, left field, right field, center field, two-way player, left-handed pitcher and right-handed pitcher.
Players with an asterisk (*) are members of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
A.J. Hinch (Stanford)
Hinch was a two-time Pac-10 South Player of the Year, helping lead Stanford to the College World Series in his junior season, when he was a consensus first-team All-American. He was inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014 and still ranks in the top 10 in Cardinal history in eight categories, including hits (305, fourth), runs (219, sixth) and RBIs (191, tied for seventh).
Buster Posey (Florida State)
Posey swept the national award circuit in 2008 after leading Division I in all three slash-line stats (.463/.566/.879) and RBIs (93) while leading Florida State to its first CWS appearance since 2000. One of those awards was the Johnny Bench Award for top collegiate catcher … which was renamed the Buster Posey Award in 2019.
Adley Rutschman (Oregon State)
Rutschman is the only player in Oregon State history to hit over .400 in multiple seasons. He set the school record with 102 hits and 83 RBIs in 2018 and followed that by winning the Golden Spikes Award the next season. Rutschman was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2018 College World Series after recording a CWS-record 17 hits and driving in 13 runs, tied for second in CWS history.
*B.J. Surhoff (North Carolina)
Surhoff was a two-time All-American and the 1985 ACC Male Athlete of the Year one year after playing for the U.S. Olympic baseball team in 1984. His .392 career average is second in program history and among the 10 best in ACC history. Despite his time behind the plate, he still ranks fifth among Tar Heels with 84 career stolen bases.
Kurt Suzuki (Cal State Fullerton)
Suzuki was a consensus first-team All-American after helping lead Cal State Fullerton to the 2004 national championship. He finished one home run shy of the Big West triple crown in 2004, leading the conference with a .413 average and 87 RBIs while hitting 16 homers on his way to claiming the Brooks Wallace and Johnny Bench Awards.
Jason Varitek (Georgia Tech)
Varitek was a three-time first team All-American at Georgia Tech and won the Golden Spikes Award in 1994 while leading the Yellow Jackets to the College World Series championship game. He was the ACC Player of the Year in 1993 after leading the conference with a .404 average and 22 home runs. He still holds the Georgia Tech record in seven offensive categories, including home runs (57) and RBIs (251), and is the only Yellow Jackets player to have his number retired.
Matt Wieters (Georgia Tech)
Wieters was a two-time first-team All-American — one of only three Yellow Jackets to earn the honor multiple times — and a three-time All-ACC honoree, including conference rookie of the year in 2005. He ranks in the school’s top 20 as both a batter — four categories, including career batting average (.359, 14th) and RBIs (198, ninth) — and a pitcher (16 saves, seventh).
Mike Zunino (Florida)
Zunino was a two-time first-team All-American after leading the SEC in home runs in 2011 and 2012 and finishing with 47 career homers, fifth in school history. He followed his SEC Player of the Year campaign in 2011 by winning the Golden Spikes Award and Johnny Bench Award in 2012. The Gators finished all three of his seasons at the College World Series, including a trip to the 2011 CWS Finals.
*Alan Bannister (Arizona State)
A two-time first-team All-American selection, Bannister led Division I in hits (101) and RBIs (90) in 1972, becoming the first Sun Devil to record 100 or more hits and 90 or more RBIs in a season, and he led the team to the CWS championship game. His 26 career triples are still tied for the most in school history.
Alex Bregman (LSU)
In 2013, the two-time first-team All-American helped lead LSU to 57 wins, tied for second most in SEC history, and one of two trips he made to Omaha with the Tigers. His 104 hits in 2013 are tied for sixth in school history, and he is fourth in school history with 66 career stolen bases.
*Nomar Garciaparra (Georgia Tech)
Garciaparra led Georgia Tech to the school’s first College World Series appearance in 1994, and the Yellow Jackets reached the championship game. He became the second two-time All-American selection in school history and finished with 117 hits, second in program history, in 1994.
Khalil Greene (Clemson)
The Golden Spikes Award winner finished with a .470 batting average and set the Clemson record with 27 home runs in 2002, both top-three single-season marks in ACC history. He led the Tigers to a pair of College World Series appearances and is one of two Division I players with 400 career hits.
*Dick Groat (Duke)
Groat was a two-time SoCon Male Athlete of the Year while playing basketball and baseball for Duke before embarking on a 14-year MLB career. He became the first player inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
*Barry Larkin (Michigan)
The two-time All-American capped his final season by becoming the fifth player in school history to hit 15 or more home runs (16). He also finished with 66 RBIs, the school record at the time, in 1985. He led the Wolverines to a pair of College World Series appearances; the Wolverines’ 1984 appearance was the last by a Big Ten school until Indiana reached Omaha in 2013.
Paul Molitor (Minnesota)
Molitor helped lead the Golden Gophers to their fifth — and most recent — College World Series appearance in 1977. He finished his career with 52 stolen bases and 11 triples, both school records at the time.
Dustin Pedroia (Arizona State)
Pedroia led the then-Pac-10 in runs and hits in 2003 and 2004; his 120 hits in 2003 are third in Pac-12 history. He finished his career with a .384 batting average — second highest by a Sun Devils player this century — to go with 146 RBIs and 71 doubles (third in school history).
Tonight’s programming, on ESPNU/ESPN App. All times Eastern:
2018 NCAA baseball regional: Texas vs. Texas A&M, 6 p.m. (featuring Kody Clemens)
2018 NCAA baseball regional: Northwestern State vs. Oregon State, 9 p.m. (featuring Nick Madrigal)
Bill Bates (Texas)
Led Texas to the College World Series championship game in each of his three seasons (1983-85), helping the Longhorns win their fourth title as a freshman. Bates left Texas among the top five in eight offensive categories, and still holds the career record for most runs scored in Omaha with 21.
Kody Clemens (Texas)
The Clemens legacy continued at Texas as Kody became the third member of the family to play in the College World Series. In 2018, he became the third Longhorn named Big 12 Player of the Year after finishing second in Division I with 24 home runs, also the second most in a season in Texas history.
*Bob Horner (Arizona State)
Horner won the inaugural Golden Spikes Award — presented to the nation’s top amateur player — while leading Arizona State to the championship game at the 1978 College World Series. His 56 home runs in three seasons with the Sun Devils were the NCAA record at the time and still stand as the school record.
Nick Madrigal (Oregon State)
A key contributor to Oregon State’s third national championship team in 2018, the slick-fielding second baseman finished the season with a .989 fielding percentage. The two-time All-American capped his college career in the top 10 in school history in batting average (.361), hits (221) and stolen bases (39).
Marshall McDougall (Florida State)
McDougall might have had the best game in college baseball history, breaking the Division I record with six home runs and 16 RBIs against Maryland on May 9, 1999. He finished that season with 28 home runs, the second most in ACC history, and was the Most Outstanding Player at the College World Series after leading the Seminoles to the championship game.
Chase Utley (UCLA)
Utley hit 15 or more home runs in each of his three collegiate seasons, and his 53 career home runs are still in the top 10 on the Pac-12 all-time list. He capped his Bruins career with a .382 batting average and 108 hits — tied for second most in UCLA history — in 2000.
*Todd Walker (LSU)
Walker became the first SEC player to eclipse 100 RBIs in a season when he led Division I with 102 in 1993. That season ended with Walker being named CWS Most Outstanding Player after leading the Tigers to their second national championship. He finished his career with 310 hits, 234 runs and 246 RBIs — all SEC records at the time.
Rickie Weeks (Southern)
Weeks put up video game numbers during his college career, finishing with a .465 batting average and .927 slugging percentage, both Division I records. He is one of two players in Division I history to lead the nation in batting average in back-to-back seasons (2002 and 2003) and won the Golden Spikes Award in 2003 — the only player from the SWAC to win the award.