Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Diaz, DeCarr named high school All-Americans
By Brendan C. Hall
Baseball America unveiled its High School All-America Team this afternoon, and among the names on the list are Springfield Central shortstop Isan Diaz and Xaverian/Salisbury (Conn.) righthander Austin DeCarr.
Diaz, a second round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, made the Second Team after hitting .492/.625/.898 this spring with four home runs and 14 RBI. He was also named ESPN Boston's "Mr. Baseball" last week as the state's top overall player, and is a two-time ESPN Boston All-State selection.
After getting drafted by the Diamondbacks in Compensatory Round B (70th overall), Diaz spurned his verbal commitment to Vanderbilt University and signed a contract reportedly worth $750,000.
DeCarr, a Foxborough resident, made the Third Team after an explosive post-graduate season this spring at Salisbury (Conn.) after finishing up at Westwood's Xaverian High. He struck out 19 batters in his second to last start, and reportedly topped out at 97 mph on his fastball.
After being selected in the third round (91st overall) by the New York Yankees, DeCarr spurned his commitment to Clemson University and signed a contract reportedly worth $1 million -- nearly double the designated salary slot for that pick.
To view Baseball America's complete First, Second and Third Team All-America selections, CLICK HERE.