Category Archives: 2009 Polls

Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 15 San Diego

Kendall Rogers continues his countdown of the Top 25 teams in the nation with San Diego at the 15th spot. The Toreros return a young pitching staff that is talented but lack experience on a collegiate mound. They will need to replace All-American Brian Matusz who was drafted in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Josh Romanski also made the jump into the minor leagues after a strong career. We spoke with Rich Hill a few weeks ago to talk about the 2009 squad and you can read that article by clicking here. Continue reading Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 15 San Diego

2009 Baseball America Preseason Top 25

(Photo Courtesy of Texas AM Media Relations)
(Photo Courtesy of Texas A&M Media Relations)

Baseball America has put out their Preseason Top 25 which is led by the Texas A&M Aggies. They are coming off a 46-19 season which ended with a Super Regional appearance where they were swept by Rice. The Louisiana State Tigers come in at the number 2 spot after making the College World Series last season. North Carolina comes in at number 3 after another appearance in Omaha. Texas and Cal-State Fullerton round out the Top 25. Continue reading 2009 Baseball America Preseason Top 25

Rivals Top 25 Countdown

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Jim Wells (Courtesy of Alabama Media Relations)

I have been slacking recently on keeping up with the Rivals Top 25 countdown. Kendall Rogers has rated three teams that I have missed over the last few days. He has Baylor at 18th overall as they are led by Kendal Volz. The Louisville Cardinals check in at 17 as they will be led by senior third baseman Chris Dominguez. Kendall Rogers puts Alabama at number 16 as they will be led by sophomore shortstop Josh Rutledge. Continue reading Rivals Top 25 Countdown

Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 19 Missouri

The Missouri Tigers are the 19th best team in the country according to Kendall Rogers of Rivals. He believes that the toughest challenge that the Tigers will have to overcome is losing 2/3 of the pitching rotation. They will have to also replace Jacob Priday who was a major power threat last season with 16 homers. Continue reading Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 19 Missouri

Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 21 UCLA

UCLA looks to win Pac 10 in 2009 (Courtesy of UCLA Media Relations)

Rivals writer Kendall Rogers continues his Top 25 Countdown today with UCLA checking in at 21. The Bruins are coming off a Regional final appearance against Cal-State Fullerton but ended up eliminated by the Titans. The Bruins return a solid group of pitchers with an impact freshman Gerrit Cole stepping into the rotation after spurning a multi-million dollar deal with the New York Yankees. UCLA suffered some losses on offense but Kendall expects UCLA to win the Pac-10 title. Continue reading Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 21 UCLA

NCBWA 2009 Preseason Poll

FROM NCBWA RELEASE
NCBWA LogoDALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 12th year with its 2009 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue from Feb. 23 through June 25 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. After a preseason Top 35 listing, the remainder of the polls will feature a national Top 30. Continue reading NCBWA 2009 Preseason Poll

Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 22 Arizona State

jason-kipnis-28Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com continues his Top 25 countdown today with Number 22 Arizona State. They are coming off a Super Regional appearance where they were upset by eventual NCAA Champion Fresno State. The Sun Devils suffered heavy losses to one of the best 2008 lineups. Brett Wallace and Ike Davis were the biggest names to make the jump into minor league baseball where Wallace has already seen much success. The best returning hitter for the Sun Devils is Jason Kipnis and the top pitcher is Mike Leake. Continue reading Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 22 Arizona State

Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 23 Miami (FL)

Jim Morris looks to lead Miami (FL) back to Omaha
Jim Morris looks to lead Miami (FL) back to Omaha

Rivals.com continues their Top 25 countdown today with the Miami (FL) Hurricanes checking in at the 23rd spot. Last year, Miami (FL) was ranked in the Top 5 in the country throughout the year and held down the number 1 spot for several weeks. The season ended with a trip to the College World Series where they went 1-2 with a victory over ACC and instate rival Florida State. The Hurricanes have heavy losses in the lineup with Yonder Alonso, Jemile Weeks, Blake Tekotte, Adan Severino, Mark Sobolewski and Dennis Raben all leaving the program. The Hurricanes pitching staff looked on paper to be the strongest part of the squad but Eric Erickson ended up coming down with an arm injury which required surgery and will miss the 2009 season. Sophomore pitcher Chris Hernandez and Junior pitcher Kyle Bellamy will have to pick up the slack. Continue reading Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 23 Miami (FL)

Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 24 Oregon State

Rivals.com continues their Top 25 countdown today with Oregon State checking in at number 24. They are led by Pat Casey who won the 2006 and 2007 national championships but failed to lead the Beavers to the NCAA Tourney in 2008. The team slipped to a 28-24 record and failed to recieve an at-large berth with an RPI of 60. Continue reading Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 24 Oregon State