2020 Conference Wrap: ACCAnalysis
It’s still hard to believe the 2020 college baseball season is over after just four weeks of play. Most conferences didn’t even reach league play before the coronavirus halted the season, so it would be pointless to give out any legitimate awards or draw any sweeping conclusions from our meager sample size. With that in mind, we won’t be releasing a 2020 All-America team, or naming a national Player of the Year or Freshman of the Year.
But informally, we can still take a look back at those first four weeks and highlight some players who stood out. Keep in mind that nonconference strength of schedules vary dramatically, and four weeks really isn’t a long enough period to even determine how strong a given schedule truly was. With those caveats out of the way, here are some superlative picks for the ACC, which played three weeks of nonconference action and then opened league play in Week Four.
Here are the superlative categories:
- Best Team
- Most Surprising Team
- Most Impressive Hitter
- Most Impressive Pitcher
- Best Senior
- Best Freshman
- More Fab Freshmen
- Breakout Player
- Breakout Pitcher
- Updated Top 10 Prospects For 2020 Draft
The preseason No. 1 Cardinals played the first month without arguably their two best position players (preseason All-American Alex Binelas and Team USA alumnus Lucas Dunn, both of whom were out with broken hamates). Even without them, the Cards looked like one of the best teams in the nation, as expected. After losing two of three on the road to Ole Miss during opening weekend, Louisville won its next three series, highlighted by a road series win against a preseason Top 25 club (Wake Forest) to open (and close) ACC play. The Cards finished 13-4 and No. 2 in the rankings.
We still believe the weekend rotation of Reid Detmers, Bobby Miller and Luke Smith was one of the best in the nation this year, and the bullpen was very strong as expected. And Louisville impressed with its lineup depth, which was bolstered by the additions of athletic JUCO transfers Levi Usher and Luke Brown plus the breakouts of Henry Davis, Zach Britton, Tim Borden, Ben Metzinger. Over the one-month season, the Cards only reinforced our belief that they were one of the clear-cut national title front-runners.
For more on the Cardinals, you can revisit my Takeaways from Oxford after Week One.
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UPDATED TOP 10 PROSPECTS FOR 2020 DRAFT
- Patrick Bailey, C, NC State (No. 7 on our overall Top 250)
- Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville (No. 8)
- Chris McMahon, RHP, Miami (No. 11)
- Slade Cecconi, RHP, Miami (No. 17)
- Bryce Jarvis, RHP, Duke (No. 18)
- Aaron Sabato, 1B, North Carolina (No. 21)
- CJ Van Eyk, RHP, Florida State (No. 22)
- Sam Weatherly, LHP, Clemson (No. 30)
- Nick Swiney, LHP, NC State (No. 40)
- Jared Shuster, LHP, Wake Forest (No. 49)