JONESBORO, Ark. (1/31/19) – Arkansas State senior first baseman Kyle MacDonald was named the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the year Thursday, while the Red Wolves were picked fifth in the West Division of the leagues’ Coaches Preseason Poll that was announced yesterday.

MacDonald hit a team-best .346 last season, while also leading the Red Wolves in a number of offensive categories including runs (50), hits (66), homers (15), RBI (50), total bases (127), and walks (39). He posted a team-high .464 on-base percentage which was best in the league. His .665 slugging percentage was first in the Sun Belt, 22nd in the nation and seventh best in school history.

The Mississauga, Ontario, native played and started in 51 of the teams 52 games, earning Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year honors and second team all-conference honors. He also picked up All-Central Region First Team honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) to become the 12th player at A-State to earn the award.

Coastal Carolina received 12 first-place votes to win the East with 72 points. South Alabama was chosen to finish runner-up in the division with 52 points, followed by Troy in third with 48 points. Georgia Southern trailed in fourth (24 points), Georgia State in fifth (24 points) and Appalachian State in sixth (13 points).

Louisiana was the favorite to win the West with 11 first-place votes and 71 points, while Texas State followed in second with 55 points. Little Rock was picked third with one first-place vote and 48 points. UT Arlington was picked fourth (36 points), Arkansas State picked fifth (24 points), and ULM sixth (18 points).

 

2019 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Poll

first-place votes in parentheses

EAST DIVISION

1. Coastal Carolina (12) - 72 pts

2. South Alabama - 52 pts

3. Troy - 48 pts

4. Georgia Southern - 43 pts

5. Georgia State - 24 pts

6. Appalachian State - 13 pts

WEST DIVISION

1. Louisiana (11) - 71 pts

2. Texas State - 55 pts

3. Little Rock (1) - 48 pts

4. UTA - 36 pts

5. Arkansas State - 24 pts

6. ULM - 18 pts

2019 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Baseball Team

Seth Shuman (Georgia Southern, Junior, Starting Pitcher)

Hunter Gaddis (Georgia State, Junior, Starting Pitcher) 2

Gunner Leger (Louisiana, Senior, Starting Pitcher)

Matt Eardensohn (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Relief Pitcher) 2

Carter Perkins (South Alabama, Senior, Catcher) 2

Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State, Senior, First Base) 2*

Cory Wood (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Second Base) 1

Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana, Sophomore, Shortstop)

Drew Frederic (Troy, Junior, Third Base) 1

Parker Chavers (Coastal Carolina, Sophomore, Outfielder) 2

Daniel Lahare (Louisiana, Senior, Outfielder) 2

Rigsby Mosley (Troy, Sophomore, Outfielder) 2^

Ryan Glass (Georgia State, Sophomore, Designated Hitter) 2

Brandon Bell (Georgia State, Senior, Utility Player)

2018 Preseason Player of the Year

Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State, Senior, First Base) 2*

2018 Preseason Pitcher of the Year

Hunter Gaddis (Georgia State, Junior, Starting Pitcher) 2

2018 First Team All-Sun Belt selection 

2018 Second Team All-Sun Belt selection

* 2018 Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year

^ 2018 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year

The Red Wolves are slated to open their 2019 season with a three-game road series Feb. 15-17 at Stephen F. Austin. For the latest on A-State baseball follow the team by logging onto the Arkansas State Baseball Facebook page or by following the team on Twitter (@AStateBaseball) and Instagram (arkansasstatebaseball).