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Nick Madrigal

Nick Madrigal was named a preseason first-team All-American by Perfect Game. 

Nick Madrigal has been named a preseason All-American for the second time leading up to the 2018 season.

Madrigal, the reigning Pac-12 player and defensive player of the year, was selected to the first team by Perfect Game, which released its three teams on Tuesday.

A junior infielder from Elk Grove, California, Madrigal was just the second player in the last two decades to earn the conference's player and defensive player of the year honor in the same season. He was also named a unanimous All-American, earning recognition from all six teams.

He will take a .359 career batting average into 2018 after finishing with a .380 mark last season. In 109 career games, he has 31 doubles, seven triples, five home runs, 69 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 24 attempts. He has also accumulated a .977 fielding percentage.

A sociology major who received Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention at the end of his sophomore season, Madrigal was also the first Oregon State player to earn an ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove, doing so at the end of 2017.

Madrigal and Oregon State open the 2018 season Feb. 16 against New Mexico in Surprise, Arizona.

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