Cal catcher Brett Cumberland has been named a third-team All-American

Cal catcher Brett Cumberland earns third-team All-American honors, the first Golden Bear to earn the nod since fellow switch-hitting catcher Andrew Knapp in 2013.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year -- California Golden Bears catcher Brett Cumberland -- has been voted a third-team All-American by Baseball America. Cumberland is the first Golden Bear since Andrew Knapp in 2013 to earn All-America honors and his is the 13th selection for All-America status during David Esquer's tenure as head coach. 

Cumberland earned the nod at designated hitter, and  was one of just three Pac-12 players named to the venerable publication's list.

The other Pac-12 representatives were Washington pitcher Troy Rallings and USC's David Oppenheim. It is the second All-America honor for Cumberland, who last week was named a third-team pick by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Also noteworthy: None of the Pac-12 players on the list for Baseball America made the playoffs this season.

Cumberland finished first in the Pac-12 with 16 home runs, 51 RBI and a .678 slugging percentage and ranked second in on-base percentage (.480) and total bases (122). He placed fifth in the league with 46 runs, and was sixth in batting average, with a .344 mark. Cumberland is a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes Award -- which is awarded to the nation's top amateur player -- and the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation's top catcher.

Cumberland is expected to be drafted in the top three rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which takes place June 9-11. 


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