2020 Conference Wrap: Big WestAnalysis
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 Big West, which played four weeks of nonconference action and had yet to reach conference play.
Despite having Omaha-bound teams in four straight years from 2014 to 2017, the Big West was starting a stark down slide the last two years. Despite this, the occidental mid-major really started to make some waves in college baseball in this early season, including having programs like Long Beach State and CSUN back in the headlines and seeing UC Santa Barbara maintain its power status despite a lot of personnel losses from a year ago. In fact, seven of the nine teams had winning starts through four weeks of nonconference play. Oddly, it was perennial power Cal State Fullerton and biennial upstart Cal Poly who had the worst records of all.
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
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