Chris Bisson Named Preseason All-America by Baseball America

DURHAM, N.C. -- Kentucky junior second baseman Chris Bisson has been named third-team preseason All-America by Baseball America, in a voting of MLB scouting directors, the publication announced Friday afternoon.

Bisson, a native of Orleans, Ontario, earned his second preseason All-America honor, also tabbed by Ping Baseball to the third-team. Last season, Bisson was selected by the league coaches’ second-team All-Southeastern Conference at second base and first-team All-SEC by SEbaseball.com.

A 5-foot-11, 185-pound left-handed hitter, Bisson led UK in nearly every category in his first full season as a starter in 2009. He led the club in average (.360), at bats (222), runs (49), hits (80), triples (three), RBI (52), total bases (101), walks (20) and defensive assists (133). He added steals in 13-of-15 attempts, totaling a .414 on-base percentage and a .455 slugging percentage.

Bisson is coming off a break-out summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League, where he led the league in stolen bases and helped pace his Cotuit Kettlers to the league championship series. Bisson totaled a .269 average in the pitching-rich Cape Cod League, stealing 36 bases in just 42 games, becoming just the fourth player in the last 10 years to steal 30 or more bases in the CCL. With 36 steals, Bisson also set a new Kettlers club record.

Baseball America annually polls major league scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of team success. For example, 11 of the 15 college players drafted in the first round last June appeared on Baseball America's preseason All-America list—eight of them on the first team. And for the second year in a row, 11 of last year's preseason All-Americans played for teams that reached the College World Series.

Kentucky opens the 2010 campaign for the second consecutive season at the Caravelle Resort Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C. UK opens Feb. 19 against Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia Tech at noon ET. UK plays West Virginia Feb. 20 at 11 a.m., before facing host Coastal Carolina Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. All games will be broadcast live on the Big Blue Sports Network (radio).

First Team
Pos.        Player, School    
C         Micah Gibbs, Louisiana State    
1B        Hunter Morris, Auburn    
2B        Ross Wilson, Alabama    
3B        Anthony Rendon, Rice    
SS        Christian Colon, Cal State Fullerton    
OF        Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee State    
OF        Todd Cunningham, Jacksonville State    
OF        Jarrett Parker, Virginia    
DH        Zack Cox, Arkansas    
UT        Brett Eibner, Arkansas    
        
SP        Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech    
SP        Drew Pomeranz, Mississippi    
SP        Anthony Ranaudo, Louisiana State    
SP        Chris Sale, Florida Gulf Coast    
RP        Kevin Jacob, Georgia Tech    
UT        Brett Eibner, Arkansas
   
Second Team
Pos.        Player, School    
C         Yasmani Grandal, Miami    
1B        Andy Wilkins, Arkansas    
2B        Kolbrin Vitek, Ball State    
3B        Tony Thompson, Kansas    
SS        Rick Hague, Rice    
OF        Gary Brown, Cal State Fullerton    
OF        Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington    
OF        Tyler Holt, Florida State    
DH        Mickey Wiswall, Boston College    
UT        Danny Hultzen, Virginia    
        
SP        Gerrit Cole, UCLA    
SP        Sonny Gray, Vanderbilt    
SP        Taylor Jungmann, Texas    
SP        Alex Wimmers, Ohio State    
RP        Kevin Rhoderick, Oregon State    
UT        Danny Hultzen, Virginia   
 
Third Team

Pos.       Player, School    
C         Cameron Rupp, Texas    
1B        Cody Hawn, Tennessee    
2B          Chris Bisson, Kentucky    
3B        Rob Segedin, Tulane    
SS        B.A. Vollmuth, Southern Mississippi    
OF        Ryan LaMarre, Michigan    
OF        Leon Landry, Louisiana State    
OF        Austin Wates, Virginia Tech    
DH        Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia    
UT        Mike McGee, Florida State    
        
SP        Jack Armstrong, Vanderbilt    
SP        Kyle Blair, San Diego    
SP        Jesse Hahn, Virginia Tech    
SP        Brandon Workman, Texas    
RP        Addison Reed, San Diego State    
UT        Mike McGee, Florida State