By Adam Brown
The Ole Miss Rebels junior closer Parker Caracci was selected to the preseason All-American First Team by Perfect Game this week.
The Jackson, Mississippi native was selected in the 37th Round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, but he elected to return to Oxford for 2019. The Jackson Prep standout earned three All-America nods at the conclusion of the 2018 season. He was tabbed a second-team All-American by Baseball America and D1Baseball and was an honorable mention by Perfect Game after a breakout redshirt-sophomore campaign. He was also named second-team All-SEC and was a midseason All-American, in addition to an SEC Pitcher of the Week honor April 2.
Last season, Caracci garnered 10 saves when he toed the rubber for the diamond Rebs. He is tied for the seventh-most in a single season in program history. Caracci also amassed 73 strikeouts in 48.0 innings pitched, compared to just 14 walks for a 5.2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He allowed just 38 hits and maintained a 2.25 ERA.
The outstanding season earned Caracci a spot on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team for the summer, where he posted a perfect 0.00 ERA in 9.2 innings of action, compiling a pair of saves and a .094 opposing batting average.
Caracci and the Rebels take the diamond on Feb. 15 against Wright State in a three-game series to open the 2019 season.