DURHAM, N.C. – Duke junior outfielders Griffin Conine and Jimmy Herron garnered Baseball America Preseason All-America honors as announced by the publication Monday. Conine earned a spot on the first team while Herron picked up third team accolades.
The honor is Conine’s fourth 2018 preseason All-America first team selection after the Weston, Fla., native also earned spots on the D1Baseball, Perfect Game/Rawlings and Collegiate Baseball lists. The third team honor is Herron’s first preseason All-America nod.
A 2017 Rawlings/Perfect Game Midseason All-American, Conine collected his first career All-ACC honors after leading the Blue Devils in slugging percentage (.571), on base percentage (.437), RBI (56), triples (2), home runs (13), total bases (117) and walks (40). Conine was the first Blue Devil to total 50-plus RBI in a season since first baseman Nate Freiman (62) in 2009. He was also the first Duke player with 10 or more home runs in a season since Jake Lemmerman (10) in 2010.
Over the summer, Conine earned the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Robert A. McNeece Award, given to the league’s top pro prospect as voted on by Major League Baseball scouts. In 45 games with the Cotuit Kettleers, Conine hit .326 with 58 hits, 11 home runs, five doubles and 31 RBI. He was selected to the CCBL All-Star Game and garnered West Division MVP honors as well.
Selected by the Yankees in the 31st round of the 2017 MLB Draft, Herron followed his freshman All-America season with another standout campaign this past year. Herron led the team in batting average (.326), doubles (17), runs (53), hits (74) and stolen bases (17). In addition, Herron drove in 39 RBI and knocked five home runs.
In two seasons at Duke, Herron owns a .325 batting average, good for 12th in the school's all-time records. Herron also ranks in school history with 41 career stolen bases. Over the summer, he earned CCBL East Division MVP accolades, hitting .343 with 11 doubles, four homers, 22 RBI and 15 stolen bases with the Orleans Firebirds.
Duke opens the 2018 season Feb. 16-18 in Nashville, Tenn., taking on perennial power Vanderbilt in a three-game series.