Last season, Mason Feole carried the mantle of elite UConn baseball left-handers when he was named to be an All-American by a litany of publications, including Baseball America, Perfect Game and the ABCA/Rawlings.
He had a 2.50 ERA, striking out 120 batters in 100 2⁄3 innings, 35 of which were looking thanks to a nasty mixture of fastball, curveball and changeup. His overall strikeout number was tied for first in the American Athletic Conference and 19th in the country, despite many above him on the list logging more innings and pitching deeper into the NCAA Tournament than he did. He also owned a 9-2 record, a win total that was also tied for the conference lead.
Feole looks to build off of his stellar sophomore year as he heads into his junior season, as the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper followed up on their postseason All-America nod last year by tabbing him to their preseason list for 2019.
Most collegiate players become MLB Draft eligible after their junior seasons and because of how the draft works, players can command the largest bonuses as a junior, making it the most crucial year to perform.
In addition to Feole’s honor, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced its preseason poll and the Huskies were ranked No. 32 in the 40-team poll.
Conference foe ECU checked in at No. 35, while three non-conference opponents appeared on the list in No. 9 Louisville, No. 12 Coastal Carolina and No. 40 Sam Houston State.
Five other teams from The American were included in the received votes section of the poll as Houston, Tulane UCF, USF and Wichita State were all given consideration by voters.
Non-conference opponents Bryant, Hartford, Indiana and Northeastern also had points in the poll.