2016 NCAA Baseball Pre-Season Poll

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If you are a NCAA Baseball fan like I am you might want to read the article I have attached. The teams I follow includes, Texas A&M, UCLA, Missouri State, and Cal State-Fullerton. The following article is written by baseballnews.com

TUCSON, Ariz. — Armed with one of the top pitching staffs in the USA, six returning position player starters and the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, Florida is ranked No.1 in Collegiate Baseballnewspaper’s Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I pre-season poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Gators tied for third at the 2015 College World Series and feature four players who are potential first round draft picks in next June’s Major League Baseball Draft, including:

• 6-foot-7, 230-pound LHP A.J. Puk who touches 99 mph with his fastball. Last season he was 9-4 with a 3.81 ERA, 104 strikeouts and 35 walks.

• RHP Logan Shore who throws a mid-90s fastball and last season was the ace of the staff with an 11-6 record, 2.72 ERA, 84 strikeouts and 24 walks.

• CF Buddy Reed, an outstanding outfielder, who hit .305 with 14 doubles, 47 RBI and swiped 18 bases.

• RHP Dane Dunning who has a mid-90s fastball and posted a 5-2 record, 4.03 ERA and struck out 55 batters with 23 walks over 60 1/3 innings last season.

Plus, Florida returns Louisville Slugger Co-Freshman of The Year C/DH J.J. Schwarz who hit .332 with 18 homers, 16 doubles 73 RBI.

The pre-season poll factors in voting by NCAA Division I coaches across the nation, how a team finished last season, returning position player starters and pitchers, potential draft picks along with the quality of its recruiting class that came to school last fall.

Over the last three years, Florida has landed the most impressive recruiting classes of any program in the nation as the Gators ranked No. 1 in 2013, No. 3 in 2014 and No. 1 in 2015, according to Collegiate Baseball’s annual analysis. Those three classes have included a combined 21 drafted players and a number of All-Americans.

O’Sullivan has led the Gators to the College World Series four times in the past six years highlighted by a runner-up finish in 2011 and third place in 2015, three Southeastern Conference titles in the past six years (2010-11-14), as well as eight NCAA Tournaments in a row.

Winning a national championship is something the Gators have never done in baseball, and the 2016 Florida ball club is equipped to win it all.

Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I
Fabulous 40 Pre-Season Poll
(As of Dec. 21, 2015)

Rank Team (2015 Final Record) Points
  1. Florida (52-18) 495
  2. Louisville (47-18) 492
  3. Vanderbilt (51-21) 489
  4. Miami, Fla. (50-17) 487
  5. Texas A&M (50-14) 484
  6. Louisiana-Lafayette (42-23) 483
  7. Louisiana St. (54-12) 481
  8. Oregon St. (39-18-1) 480
  9. Virginia (44-24) 475
10. UCLA (45-16) 473
11. Mississippi St. (24-30) 469
12. Cal. St. Fullerton (39-25) 467
13. California (36-21) 466
14. Oregon (38-25) 463
15. Texas Christian (51-15) 461
16. Florida St. (44-21) 460
17. Missouri St. (49-12) 457
18. Houston (43-20) 455
19. Tulane (35-25) 453
20. Rice (37-22) 451
21. Georgia Tech. (32-23) 449
22. North Carolina (34-24) 446
23. Michigan (39-25) 444
24. Arkansas (40-25) 443
25. Oklahoma St. (38-20) 438
26. Stony Brook (35-16-1) 436
27. Notre Dame (37-23) 434
28. Maryland (42-24) 432
29. Kentucky (30-25) 430
30. Pepperdine (32-29) 427
31. Dallas Baptist (46-15) 425
32. College of Charleston (45-15) 423
33. Coastal Carolina (39-21) 421
34. Missouri (30-28) 419
35. South Carolina (32-25) 417
36. San Diego St. (41-23) 414
37. South Alabama (37-20) 411
38. Winthrop (40-19) 409
39. Texas Tech. (31-24) 407
40. Texas (30-27) 405

 

 

 

 

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