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All-State Baseball: Tennessee

Updated: March 1, 2012, 10:26 AM ET
By ESPNHS

With spring approaching, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top high school baseball players in Tennessee.

We've broken down the state's top 20 players into two teams -- one of position players and one of pitchers. Keep in mind, these preseason selections were determined by a combination of in-season performance and recruit rankings.

See all 51 all-state baseball teams.

POSITION PLAYERS


Colton Bales, Jefferson County, C, Senior
Knocked it around the park at a .474 clip with six long balls and 49 RBI last spring.

Will Craig, Science Hill, 3B/RHP, Junior
Inherits the role of team leader from Daniel Norris, a second-round pick in the 2011 MLB draft.

Nick Dawson, Bartlett, SS, Senior
Tennessee pledge crossed the plate 53 times last spring white hitting .368.

Dalton Dulin, Memphis University School, 2B/SS/3B, Junior
Switch-hitter committed to Ole Miss in the winter of his sophomore year.

Talon Harris, Soddy Daisy, OF, Senior
In addition to blasting 18 homers last season, Harris went 35-for-35 on steal attempts.

Will Haynie, Brentwood Academy, C, Junior
Popped nine long balls and drove in 31 last spring.

Derek Lance, Bearden, 3B, Senior
The Tennessee pledge hit .366 last year, striking out just seven times in 142 plate appearances.

Blake Paschal, Jefferson County, 3B, Senior
Hit .466 last spring with 17 doubles, 60 RBI and 46 runs scored.

Jordan Sheffield, Tullahoma, SS/RHP, Junior
Vanderbilt pledge played for the USA Baseball 16U National Team over the summer.

A.J. Simcox, Farragut, SS, Senior
Vols signee led Admirals to fourth consecutive Class AAA state crown last year.


PITCHERS


Brady Bramlett, Arlington, RHP, Senior
Ole Miss pledge was a perfect 11-0 in 2011, fanning 123 in 77.2 innings.

Trevor Clifton, Heritage, RHP, Junior
6-foot-4 power righty pitched for the USA Baseball 16U National Team over the summer.

Ryne Fisher, Riverside, RHP/2B, Senior
Went undefeated on the bump at 10-0 last year and hit .379 at the plate.

Stephen Gant, Riverside, RHP/SS, Senior
Vandy signee K'd 144 batters and went 12-1 last spring; added 17 homers at the dish.

Dalton Keck, Christian Academy of Knoxville, RHP/3B, Senior
Finished 10-2 on the bump with 76 K's in 66 innings last season while hitting .342 with 33 RBI.

Drake Owenby, Powell, LHP, Senior
Southpaw fanned 91 in 63 innings of work last year and finished with a 1.71 ERA.

John Marc Shelly, St. George's, RHP/SS, Senior
Mississippi State signee posted a 1.50 ERA last season to go with a .408 average.

Bryan Smith, Eagleville, RHP/SS, Senior
Punched out 241 batters in 184 innings over the past two seasons, going 20-5 in that span.

Kyle Smith, Mt. Juliet, RHP/SS, Senior
Vanderbilt pledge piled up five shutouts while fanning 111 in 70.2 innings last spring.

Hayden Stone, Columbia Central, RHP, Junior
Went 11-0 last year with a 1.42 ERA, including one stretch of 26 scoreless frames in playoffs.