Top 25 Breakdown: No. 14 Oregon
Getting To Know The Ducks
2015 Record: 38-25. RPI: 66.
Coach (Record at school): George Horton (261-169-1, 7 years).
Ballpark: PK Park (Capacity: 4,000).
Postseason History: 7 regionals (active streak: 4), 1 CWS trip (1954), 0 national titles.
Podcast: Five-Minute Focus on the Ducks.
More: Fall Report on Oregon | Season Preview Index
Oregon's Projected Lineup
|C||Tim Susnara, So.||.223/.256/.290||0||16||0|
|1B||A.J. Balta, So.||DNP—Injured|
|2B||Travis Moniot, Fr.||HS—Palm Desert, Calif.|
|3B||Matt Kroon, Fr.||HS—Scottsdale, Ariz.|
|SS||Mark Karaviotis, Jr.||.287/.362/.365||2||26||6|
|LF||Austin Grebeck, Jr.||.243/.379/.365||1||25||8|
|CF||Nick Catalano, Sr.||.217/.313/.322||2||13||3|
|RF||Jakob Goldfarb, So.||.263/.369/.357||2||17||1|
|DH||Phil Craig-St. Louis, Sr.||.296/.386/.380||2||38||4|
|LHP||Cole Irvin, Jr.||2-5||4.10||79||44||24||0|
|LHP||Matt Krook, So.||DNP—Injured|
|LHP||David Peterson, So.||4-6||4.39||82||81||31||0|
|RP||Stephen Nogosek, Jr.||6-3||2.02||58||60||34||0|
The Ducks ranked 252nd in the nation in batting last year (.253), and they lost their best offensive weapon in Mitchell Tolman, the lone .300 hitter on the team. Craig-St. Louis is the most established returning hitter in the lineup, a disciplined lefthanded hitter who controls the strike zone and can handle righties and lefties alike. Balta’s return from knee surgery should provide a huge boost — he gives the Ducks a second strong lefthanded run producer in the middle of the lineup, and like Craig-St. Louis he has the ability to drive the ball to all fields. The pick to click is Goldfarb, who was still working his way back from hip surgery in the fall but has the physicality, athleticism and nice lefthanded stroke to emerge as a star this year. Susnara is yet another lefty bat who looks primed for a big improvement in 2016, as he did a better job keeping his bat in the hitting zone longer and hitting the ball with more authority in the fall. Oregon will rely heavily on talented freshmen Kroon (a righthanded hitter with emerging strength) and Moniot (a switch-hitter with a nice gap-to-gap approach) to provide some balance in a lefty-heavy lineup. If the talented Grebeck can harness his ability and become the dynamic table-setter the Ducks expected him to be, he’ll give the lineup a third threat from the right side.
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