LMU pitcher Stephen Kahn is named a preseason All-American by Baseball America.
Jan. 6, 2005
Durham, North Carolina - LMU baseball's Stephen Kahn has been named a preseason All-American by Baseball America, the publication announced today. Earlier this fall, Baseball America also predicted that Kahn, the 2004 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, would be a top-25 pick in June's MLB Draft.
Different from other preseason squads, Baseball America asked major league scouting directors to make the selections based on performance, talent and major league potential. In the past, Baseball America's preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of team success: nine members of the 2004 preseason team were first-round picks last June. Kahn, named to today's third-team, was the only player from the West Coast Conference selected to the squad.
Honored as the 2004 WCC Pitcher of the Year after leading LMU to the Coast Division title and the program's third WCC Championship Series appearance in six seasons, Kahn continued a great year, earning a gold medal at the World University Championships with the USA Baseball National Team.
Kahn posted a 7-3 record in 2004, while registering a 3.61 ERA. He struck out 80 batters in 82.1 innings of work, en route to earning two WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week selections and the Player of the Month honor for April. Kahn was the only Division I pitcher in the nation to make at least 12 starts and not allow a home run.
The Anaheim, Calif., native brought the WCC Pitcher of the Year selection to LMU for the second time in four seasons, as Billy Traber (Cleveland Indians) won the conference award in 2000.
Kahn and the Lions open the 2005 campaign hosting Cal February 11-13 at Page Stadium.