Miami Duo Named Preseason All-Americans by D1 Baseball
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Adrian Del Castillo and Alex Toral picked up their third Preseason All-America honors in advance of the 2020 season, earning spots on the 2020 D1 Baseball Preseason All-America Third Team.
The sophomore catcher Del Castillo and junior first baseman Toral were both selected to the third team by Perfect Game earlier this month. The duo previously was named Preseason All-America by Collegiate Baseball along with teammates Brian Van Belle and Raymond Gil.
Del Castillo was an offensive juggernaut in his debut season with the Canes, finishing the year batting .331 with 78 hits, 22 doubles and 72 RBI, all team-bests. The Miami native also scored 58 runs and clubbed 12 homers, while striking out just 24 times in 236 at-bats. A versatile player who saw time in right field, catcher, designated hitter and third base, he tied for the team lead with 22 multi-hit games and was second on the team with 18 multi-RBI performances. Del Castillo’s 72 RBI were the second-most by a UM freshman in program history, finishing just four shy of Ryan Braun’s record 76, set in 2003. The 72 runs batted in were also the most by a Miami freshman since Yonder Alonso drove in 69 runs as a freshman in 2006. His 18 multi-RBI games are the most by a Hurricane freshman since Zack Collins posted 15 in 2014. A Freshman All-America selection by four publications, Del Castillo earned a host of awards after his collegiate debut season, including Second Team All-ACC, ACC All-Freshman Team, ABCA All-Region and All-Starkville Regional Team honors.
Toral flexed his muscle at the plate all season for the Canes, hitting an ACC-leading 24 home runs that ranked third in Division I and helped propel Miami to a conference-high 85 homers on the year. The herculean first baseman’s 24 homers moved him into a tie with Yonder Alonso for the second-most home runs by a Hurricane in a single season. In addition to his prolific power numbers, Toral hit .293 with six doubles, 47 runs scored and 67 RBI. The Davie, Fla., native’s 19 multi-RBI games led the Canes and he also posted 15 multi-hit performances. An outstanding performance in his first ever NCAA tournament earned Toral a spot on the 2019 All-Starkville Regional Team.
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