Bliss earns All-American honor
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
Another day, another honor for Auburn’s Ryan Bliss.
Bliss, a Troup High graduate who enjoyed a spectacular junior season, was named to the Collegiate Baseball All-American team that was announced on Thursday.
Bliss, a shortstop, was a third-team selection on the team, and it is the second straight season he earned All-American honors.
Bliss joins an exclusive list of Auburn players to make an All-American team twice, joining Gregg Olson, Casey Mize and Tanner Burns as players to accomplish that feat.
Bliss, while playing nearly flawlessly at shortstop, was also one of the most dangerous hitters in the Southeastern Conference.
Bliss was near the top in the SEC in a bunch of offensive categories including batting average (.365), on-base percentage (.428), slugging percentage (.654), home runs (15), doubles (14), hits (77), RBIs (45), and runs scored (50).
Last week, Bliss earned a spot on the all-SEC team, and he was also an all-defensive player in the conference.
Bliss, who has started nearly every game since arriving at Auburn in 2019, is draft eligible, and he will likely be a high pick when the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft begins on July 11.
OF NOTE: For much more on Ryan Bliss, including his thoughts on his season and his upcoming plans, see Saturday’s newspaper.