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2017 Record: 40-27. RPI: 28.
Coach (Record at school): Andy Cannizaro (40-27 in one season)
Ballpark: Dudy Noble Field at Polk-DeMent Stadium (12,000)
Postseason History: 36 (active streak: 2), 9 CWS trips (Last: 2013 — national runner-up).
More: Fall Report on Mississippi State
Mississippi State's Projected Lineup
|C||Marshall Gilbert, So.||Transfer--Logan (Ill.) College|
|1B||Tanner Allen, Fr.||Freshman--Theodore, Ala. (UMS-Wright Prep)|
|2B||Hunter Stovall, Jr.||.288/.345/.375||2||18||4|
|3B||Rowdey Jordan, Fr.||Freshman--Auburn, Ala. (HS)|
|SS||Luke Alexander, Jr.||.222/.295/.343||5||21||5|
|LF||Hunter Vansau, Jr.||.297/.377/.356||0||14||0|
|CF||Jake Mangum, Jr.||.324/.380/.385||0||26||14|
|RF||Elijah MacNamee, Jr.||.267/.315/.344||2||22||4|
|DH||Josh Hatcher, Fr.||Freshman--Albany, Ga. (Lee County)|
|LHP||Konnor Pilkington, Jr.||8-5||3.08||108||111||47||0|
|LHP||Ethan Small, R-So.||Injured--DNP in 2017|
|RHP||J.P. France, Gr.||Transfer--Tulane|
|RP||Spencer Price, Jr.||4-1||2.91||34||40||19||14|
Grading The Bulldogs
Just as scouts grade prospects using the 20-80 scouting scale, we use a 20-80 scale to evaluate teams in our top 25. A score of 50 in each category is average, relative to a typical NCAA tournament team; 55 is slightly above-average; 60 is above-average (plus); 70 is well above-average (plus-plus); 80 is top of the scale, historically strong. Accordingly, 45 is fringe-average or slightly below-average; 40 is below-average; 30 is well below-average; and 20 is the extreme in that direction.