North Carolina juniors J.B. Bukauskas and Brian Miller were named Perfect Game/Rawlings Preseason All-Americans, the website announced Monday. Bukauskas, a right-handed pitcher from Ashburn, Virginia, was a first-team selection, while Miller, an outfielder from Raleigh, North Carolina, was named to the second team.
Bukauskas returns for his third season in Chapel Hill after going 7-2 with a 3.10 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 78.1 innings of work last spring. He followed up a strong sophomore season at Carolina with a spectacular summer with the USA Collegiate National Team, posting a 0.00 ERA in 21.2 innings of work. He allowed just seven hits and one unearned run for the CNT, striking out 21 and walking just three.
Miller hit a team-best .345 as a sophomore, also posting team highs of 78 hits, 56 runs and 21 stolen bases. The junior speedster also had an exemplary summer season, earning Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star honors for the Orleans Firebirds. Miller hit .327 for the summer, third-best on the Cape, and his 15 stolen bases were also third among players in the league.
The Perfect Game/Rawlings Preseason All-American teams consist of 17 players each and are selected based on a balance of past performance, 2017 expectations and their prospective talent relative to the MLB Draft.
Bukauskas, Miller and the Tar Heels open the 2017 season on Friday, Feb. 17, against Kentucky. Season tickets are on sale now, with full-season packages starting at just $99. For more information, click here.