Top 25 Breakdown: No. 15 Mississippi State
Getting To Know The Bulldogs
2015 Record: 24-30. RPI: 131.
Coach (Record at school): John Cohen (240-185, 7 years).
Ballpark: Dudy Noble Field (Capacity: 15,000).
Postseason History: 32 regionals (last in 2014), 9 CWS trips (last in 2013), 0 national titles.
Podcast: Five-Minute Focus on the Bulldogs.
More: Fall Report on Mississippi State | Season Preview Index
Mississippi State's Projected Lineup
|C||Jack Kruger, Jr.||Tr.—Orange Coast (Calif.) JC|
|1B||Nathaniel Lowe, Jr.||Tr.—St. John's River (Fla.) JC|
|2B||John Holland, Sr.||.246/.316/.316||1||27||1|
|3B||Gavin Collins, Jr.||.228/.313/.299||2||16||1|
|SS||Luke Alexander, Fr.||HS—Belmont, Miss.|
|LF||Cody Brown, Jr.||.309/.400/.450||1||16||3|
|CF||Jacob Robson, Jr.||.324/.436/.368||1||9||21|
|RF||Reid Humphreys, Jr.||.247/.328/.389||5||27||0|
|DH||Brent Rooker, So.||.257/.325/.378||2||12||0|
|RHP||Dakota Hudson, Jr.||1-1||4.32||16.1||26||11||0|
|LHP||Daniel Brown, Jr.||1-0||4.87||20.1||28||12||1|
|RHP||Austin Sexton, Jr.||4-4||3.77||76.1||61||24||0|
|RP||Jacob Billingsley, So.||DNP—Redshirted|
After ranking 161st in the nation in batting and 157th in scoring during an injury-plagued 24-30 season in 2015, Mississippi State watched a number of its players take huge leaps forward in summer ball and fall ball. The Bulldogs proudly point out that nine of their 17 players earned all-star honors in their respective summer leagues, and MSU sent a school-record eight players to the prestigious Cape Cod League. As a result of that summer and fall development, MSU expects many of its returnees to dramatically increase their production this spring. It starts with the dynamic Robson, who has added considerable strength to his compact frame and was driving the ball more than ever in the fall. He makes the Bulldogs go from the leadoff spot, while Holland, Brown and Alexander all have skill sets that could translate to the No. 2 hole, with good bat control and gap-to-gap approaches. Collins, Rooker and Humphreys have physical frames and the raw ability to be all-SEC players this spring. The MSU coaches believe Collins is the best hitter in the SEC when healthy (two hamate surgeries plagued him last year). This is a deep lineup with a nice balance of righthanded and lefthanded hitters, and plenty of other quality players who will push for playing time (like incumbent shortstop Ryan Gridley, infielder Luke Reynolds, outfielder Michael Smith, first baseman Cole Gordon and catcher Elih Marrero).
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