Mississippi State suffered through a disappointing, injury-ravaged 2015 season, but the Bulldogs are a completely different team heading into this spring, loaded with speed, power and pitching.


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.
Five-Minute Focus on the Bulldogs.
More: Fall Report on Mississippi State | Season Preview Index

Mississippi State's Projected Lineup

CJack Kruger, Jr.Tr.—Orange Coast (Calif.) JC
1BNathaniel Lowe, Jr.Tr.—St. John's River (Fla.) JC
2BJohn Holland, Sr..246/.316/.3161271
3BGavin Collins, Jr..228/.313/.2992161
SSLuke Alexander, Fr.HS—Belmont, Miss.
LFCody Brown, Jr..309/.400/.4501163
CFJacob Robson, Jr..324/.436/.3681921
RFReid Humphreys, Jr..247/.328/.3895270
DHBrent Rooker, So..257/.325/.3782120
RHPDakota Hudson, Jr.1-14.3216.126110
LHPDaniel Brown, Jr.1-04.8720.128121
RHPAustin Sexton, Jr.4-43.7776.161240
RPJacob Billingsley, So.DNP—Redshirted

Hitting: 55

Jacob Robson (Mississippi State athletics)Jacob Robson (Mississippi State athletics)

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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