Ole Miss third baseman Colby Bortles was named a third team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced Monday. One of two seniors on the 2017 Rebel baseball team, Bortles earned a preseason All-American honor for the first time in his career.
Entering the final year of his Ole Miss career, Bortles will be a team captain for the second consecutive season. From playing in 40 games and earning a start in the 2014 College World Series as a freshman to starting all 62 games last year, he has made his mark on the program. The Oviedo, Florida, native has appeared in 158 games through the first three seasons as a Rebel, making 129 starts. As a .272 career hitter, Bortles has been known for his power at the dish with 34 doubles and 17 home runs.
In 2016, Bortles led the Rebels in doubles with 21, ranking second in the Southeastern Conference as well as fifth in Ole Miss history for a single season. As a team captain, he helped Ole Miss to a 43-19 record that included 18 SEC wins and hosting the team’s seventh NCAA Regional in the last 13 years. He produced 14 multi-RBI games leading to a season total of 50 that was 15th among SEC hitters. After hitting seven homers as a sophomore, Bortles belted eight last season to go along with a .475 slugging percentage.
He finished the season strong with multiple accolades, earning spots on the SEC All-Tournament team and the NCAA Oxford Regional All-Tournament team. In the conference tournament, Bortles recorded a team-high eight RBI with the help of four doubles to lead Ole Miss to the semifinals and a 3-1 record during the week. In the Oxford Regional, the third baseman flashed the leather and also hit his eighth homer of the season.
Following the 2016 campaign, Bortles’ power did not go unnoticed as he was invited to compete in the College Home Run Derby. The Ole Miss slugger joined seven others for the event at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. He put on a show, hitting 10 homers in front of 20,428 fans.
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Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports