Kale Emshoff, Little Rock (Little Rock photo)

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2020 Conference Wrap: Sun Belt

Analysis

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 varies 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 Sun Belt, which played four weeks of nonconference action and never began league play.

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

BEST TEAM

Coastal Carolina

This year’s Sun Belt didn’t have an obvious, runaway choice for the best team. Several teams ran out to fast starts like Texas State at 14-4 and Georgia Southern at 11-5, both of whom finished their seasons with seven game winning streaks.

The choice here is preseason favorite Coastal Carolina, not because it was the preseason favorite but because it displayed the most upside while racing out to an 11-5 record highlighted with a three-game sweep of Maryland and a finale victory over Wake Forest. The Chants did so without their best player, D1 third team all-American Parker Chavers, who missed the 2020 season due to rehabbing from an offseason surgery on his throwing shoulder.

UPDATED TOP 10 PROSPECTS, 2020 DRAFT

  1. Hayden Cantrelle, SS, Louisiana (No. 33 on D1Baseball Top 250)
  2. Zach McCambley, RHP, Coastal Carolina (No. 35)
  3. Parker Chavers, OF, Coastal Carolina (No. 59)
  4. Kale Emshoff, C, Little Rock (No. 87)
  5. Brandon Young, RHP, Louisiana
  6. Conor Angel, RHP, Louisiana (No. 149)
  7. Jack Hartman, RHP, Appalachian State (No. 231)
  8. Rigsby Mosley, OF, Troy (No. 245)
  9. Levi Thomas, RHP, Troy
  10. JoJo Booker, RHP, South Alabama

 

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