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Aaron Heilman Named First Team All-American

June 3, 2000

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame junior righthanded pitcher Aaron Heilman (Logansport, Ind.) is one of six pitchers who have been named a first team All-American by Collegiate Baseball magazine, as announced recently by the national publication.

The All-America designation has become commonplace for Heilman, who has accumulated five major All-America awards during his three-year career, with Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association yet to release their 2000 All-America teams.

Heilman earlier this season was named a second team All-American by USA Today Baseball Weekly, becoming the first ND player named to that highly-selective team (which includes just a first and second team, with three pitchers on each team).

Heilman is projected by Baseball America as a high first-round selection in Major League Baseball’s annual amateur draft, which begins on Monday, June 5 (see corresponding career biography for updated information on Heilman).

One of six all-time Notre Dame players to earn All-America honors, Heilman is the first Irish player to be named All-America in three different seasons while his five total All-America citations are two more than any previous ND player. As a freshman (’98), Heilman was named a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball while CB and the ABCA both tabbed Heilman as a third team All-American in 1999.

Heilman is the fourth Irish player ever named a first team All-American, joining catcher Elmer Kohorst (1st team ABCA, ’56 and ’57) and outfielders Dan Peltier (1st team ABCA and Baseball America, ’89) and Eric Danapilis (1st team ABCA, BA and CB, ’93) in that distinction.

The six pitchers that earned first team All-America honors from CB for the 2000 season include (stats prior to NCAA Super-Regional round): Heilman (10-2, 3.04 ERA, 8 CG, 113 K, 24 BB), Stetson LHP Lenny DiNardo, Stetson (15-1, 1.88 ERA, 5 CG, 128 K, 25 BB), South Carolina RHP Kip Bouknight (15-1, 2.87 ERA, 4 CG, 129 K, 33 BB), Nebraska RHP Shane Komine (10-3, 2.20 ERA, 6 CG, 142 K, 26 BB), Cal State Fullerton RHP Adam Johnson (7-3, 2.53 ERA, 5 CG, 153 K, 26 BB) and Stanford RHP Justin Wayne, Stanford (12-3, 3.02 ERA, 4 CG, 128 K, 34 BB).

BASEBALL AMERICA’s UPDATED Top 25 College Prospects (June 1): 1. Xavier Nady, 3b, California, 2. Beau Hale, rhp, Texas, 3. Chris Bootcheck, rhp, Auburn, 4. Dane Sardinha, c, Pepperdine, 5. Aaron Heilman, rhp, Notre Dame, 6. Joe Borchard, of, Stanford, 7. Adam Johnson, rhp, CS Fullerton, 8. Ben Diggins, rhp/1b, Arizona, 9. Justin Wayne, rhp, Stanford, 10. Taggert Bozied, 1b, San Francisco, 11. Tyrell Godwin, of, North Carolina, 12. Jason Young, rhp, Stanford, 13. Chase Utley, 2b, UCLA, 14. Bill Traber, lhp, Loyola Marymount, 15. Rob Henkel, lhp, UCLA, 16. Peter Bauer, rhp, South Carolina,17. Daylan Holt, of, Texas A&M, 18. Mike Tonis, c, California, 19. Chad Qualls, rhp, Nevada , 20. Tim Hummel, ss, Old Dominion, 21. Tommy Murphy, ss, Florida Atlantic, 22. Scott Walter, c, Loyola Marymount, 23. Ryan Snare, lhp, North Carolina, 24. Cliff Lee, lhp, Arkansas, 25. Mike Schultz, rhp, Loyola Marymount

2000 Draft Order (June 5-7): 1. Florida, 2. Minnesota, 3. Chicago Cubs, 4. Kansas City, 5. Montreal, 6. Tampa Bay, 7. Colorado, 8. Detroit, 9. San Diego, 10. California, 11. Milwaukee, 12. Chicago White Sox, 13. St. Louis, 14. Baltimore, 15. Philadelphia, 16. N.Y. Mets, 17. Los Angeles, 18. Toronto, 19. Pittsburgh, 20. California, 21. San Francisco, 22. Boston, 23. Cincinnati, 24. St. Louis, 25. Texas, 26. Cleveland, 27. Houston, 28. N.Y. Yankees, 29. Atlanta.