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2016 D1Baseball Staff Predictions


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We’re just one day from the first pitch of the college baseball season, and our exhaustive season preview coverage is just about complete. Before we turn our attention to the action on the field, our writers made some picks for the 2016 season. We made our guesses for the major national awards, picked two sleepers (one that begins the season outside our Top 25 rankings, and one that failed to crack our preseason Field of 64 projection), and tabbed one breakout star (who did not make our preseason All-America team, but we think will make our postseason All-America team).

2016 D1Baseball Staff Predictions





National ChampionFloridaFloridaVanderbiltFlorida
Player of the YearWill Craig, Wake ForestBrendan McKay, LouisvilleCorey Ray, LouisvilleBrendan McKay, Louisville
Pitcher of the YearMike Shawaryn, MarylandA.J. Puk, FloridaAlex Lange, LSUAlex Lange, LSU
Freshman of the YearLuken Baker, TCUNick Madrigal, Oregon StateSeth Beer, ClemsonCal Raleigh, Florida State
Coach of the YearDan Hubbs, Southern CaliforniaKevin O'Sullivan, FloridaJohn Szefc, MarylandJohn Szefc, Maryland
Non-Top 25 SleeperKentuckyMichiganMarylandMaryland
Non-Field of 64 SleeperWake ForestCollege of CharlestonClemsonAlabama
Breakout StarAlex Destino, South CarolinaJake Fraley, LSUDavid Martinelli, Dallas BaptistBailey Ober, College of Charleston



National ChampionFloridaLouisvilleLouisville
Player of the YearJ.J. Schwarz, FloridaZack Collins, MiamiJ.J. Schwarz, Florida
Pitcher of the YearConnor Jones, VirginiaAlex Lange, LSUBen Bowden, Vanderbilt
Freshman of the YearNick Madrigal, Oregon StateJustin Hooper, UCLAJoe DeMers, Washington
Coach of the YearKevin O'Sullivan, FloridaDave Esquer, CaliforniaDan McDonnell, Louisville
Non-Top 25 SleeperOklahomaNotre DameNotre Dame
Non-Field of 64 SleeperWake ForestWichita StatePepperdine
Breakout StarCody Sedlock, IllinoisCal Quantrill, StanfordTimmy Robinson, Southern California

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