Feb. 16, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - With the start of the 2009 season only a few days away, Arizona junior pitcher Jason Stoffel has earned recognition by Baseball America as a preseason First Team All-American.
Stoffel, who is tied with Mark Melancon as UA's all-time saves leader with 18, set a single season school record with 13 saves in 2008. He posted a 3.00 ERA and struck out 79 batters in 48 innings of work in his sophomore season when he anchored one of the best bullpens in the nation.
A native of Agoura, Calif., Stoffel will assume an even larger role in 2009 for the Wildcats with the departure of Ryan Perry and Daniel Schlereth, UA's first pair of players to be selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft in the same season.
Stoffel has also earned recognition by several outlets, including being named a Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American (Third Team) and Preseason NCBWA All-American (Third Team).
Stoffel was also one of three Wildcats to be named to the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List. Senior pitcher Preston Guilmet, the 2007 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, and sophomore shortstop Bryce Ortega were also named to the list.
Arizona begins the 2009 season on Friday, Feb. 20, when it hosts Sacramento State in a three game series at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.