DURHAM, N.C. – After a breakout sophomore campaign in 2017, Duke outfielder Griffin Conine has been named to the Collegiate Baseball Pre-Season All-American first team heading into the 2018 season.
Conine is one of four ACC players on the publication’s first team, joining Florida State LHP/DH Tyler Holton, Wake Forest third baseman Johnny Aiello and Clemson outfielder Seth Beer.
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.
Entering the spring, Conine is rated No. 11 on Baseball America’s list of Top 100 college prospects for the 2018 draft as well as No. 19 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 50 MLB Draft Prospects list.
Conine and the Blue Devils open the 2018 season Feb. 16-18 at Vanderbilt.