Junior hurler Michael Cederoth got his 19th save today and is one save shy of setting the school single season saves record (20) with three games remaining in conference play. Photo: Finkelstein

Aztecs Closer Michael Cederoth Named First-Team All-American

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San Diego, CA- San Diego State Aztecs Junior RHP closer Michael Cederoth has been named a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American. Cederoth is the 13th Aztec in program history to receive All-America honors and the fifth to be selected first-team all-american.

Cederoth was (6-2) with 20 saves, a 2.28 earned run average and 55 strikeouts in 51.1 innings of work. Cederoth finished the year 3rd in the nation in saves and tied program record for most saves in a season by Arizona Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed.

Cederoth began the season as the Aztecs No. 1 starter, after leading the Aztecs rotation the past few seasons. As a freshman Cederoth went (4-4) with a 4.14 ERA in his 15 starts and as a sophomore went (3-9) with a 4.25 ERA in 15 starts.

Cederoth didn’t remain a starter for the Aztecs for long, as he has always struggled to control his 10o mph fastball consistently and struggled mightily in the Aztecs first game of the season against San Jose State and was then permanently moved to the closer role.

The decision would prove to be brilliant for the Aztecs as not only did Michael Cederoth have an all-american season for the Aztecs, but their former closer sophomore Bubba Derby would excel in the rotation for the Aztecs. Derby lead the Aztecs rotation going  (8-3) with a 2.69 earned run average.

As a Junior Michael Cederoth will be eligible for the MLB Draft once again next month and despite his struggles as a starter, many experts project Cederoth even as a reliever to be a late first round-second round pick. Cederoth has one of the best fastball’s in this years draft with a fastball that sits between 97-101 mph. While he isn’t the starting pitcher the Aztecs and Major League teams hoped he would become, Cederoth still has the potential to be a future all-star closer.

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