Three Huskers Earn Spots on Baseball Americas Top Prospects List

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Three Huskers Earn Spots on Baseball America's Top Prospects List

Lincoln - A total of three Huskers were named to Baseball America's Top Prospect List from across 20 summer leagues and Team USA. Sophomore Ryan Boldt (Northwoods), senior pitcher Josh Roeder (Coastal Plains) and senior catcher Tanner Lubach (MINK) each earned a top-10 ranking in their respective league. A total of 238 players were ranked, as the publication ranked 30 prospects in the Cape Cod League, the top 23 prospects for Team USA and the top 10 prospects in 18 other summer college leagues.

Boldt was tabbed as the top prospect in the Northwoods League following a stellar freshman season for the Huskers in 2014 that saw him earn freshman All-America honors for three publications and he was invited to Team USA's Collegiate National Team Training Camp.

A native of Red Wing, Minn., Boldt was an unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten Freshman team and a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree in 2014. He started in center field in 55 of NU's 62 games and hit leadoff for the Huskers 29 times on the year, including the final 28 games of the season. NU posted a 22-7 record on the year with Boldt in the leadoff spot. Boldt finished the year third on the team with 74 hits, two shy of Pat Kelly's team-high 76 hits. Boldt led NU in runs scored (47), triples (6) and stolen bases (7). He ranked second on the team with 12 doubles and notched 31 RBIs, including a team-high 20 RBIs with two outs.

After spending time with Team USA, Boldt returned to his native Minnesota and played for the Rochester Honkers. In 28 games he hit .333 with 37 hits, including five doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs. He struck out just 19 times, while walking 20 times, and stole 14 bases.

Roeder spent his summer in the Coastal Plain League playing for the Edenton Steamers and he was named the No. 2 prospect in the league behind Stanford sophomore Cal Quantrill. During the summer season, Roeder was named a league all-star and went on to earn Defensive Player of the Game honors at the game.

As a junior in 2014, Roeder posted 12 saves to increase his career total to 18. He will enter the 2015 ranked second in school history in career saves, trailing school record holder Brett Jensen (31). On the year in 2014, Roeder tossed 20.1 inning over 22 appearances and notched 21 strikeouts to six walks.

During the summer Roeder ranked second in the Coastal Plain League with 14 saves, while notching a 1.71 ERA. He totaled 38 strikeouts to six walks in 21.0 innings of work.

Lubach was limited to just 26 at bats with the St. Joseph Mustangs this past summer, but was still ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the league. The Lincoln native has served as the Huskers' primary catcher each of the past two seasons, starting 92 games since arriving on campus. The Lincoln native saw his average rise over 40 points from his sophomore to junior season, while also hitting more doubles and home runs.

Lubach was his best for the Mustangs during the NBC World Series in August. He hit .500 (5-for-10) in three games at the national tournament, including a 3-for-4 performance in the team's opening win over the Fairbanks Goldpanners.