North Carolina's J.B. Bukauskas (Aaron Fitt)


Top 25 Breakdown: No. 16 North Carolina

Getting To Know The Tar Heels

North Carolina logo2015 Record: 34-30. RPI: 24.
Coach (Record at school): Mike Fox (763-325-1, 17 years).
Ballpark: Boshamer Stadium (Capacity: 4,100).
Postseason History: 29 regionals (last in 2014), 10 CWS trips (last in 2013), 0 national titles.
Five-Minute Focus on the Tar Heels.
More: Fall Report on North Carolina | Season Preview Index

North Carolina's Projected Lineup

CBrendan Illies, Fr.HS—Puyallup, Wash.
1BRyder Ryan, So..143/.200/.214010
2BKyle Datres, Fr.HS—Williamsport, Pa.
3BZack Gahagan, So..216/.291/.2942323
SSLogan Warmoth, So..246/.315/.28213111
LFTyler Lynn, Jr.Tr.—Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) CC
CFTyler Ramirez, Jr..285/.416/.491104018
RFAdam Pate, Jr..304/.407/.43511014
DHBrian Miller, So..288/.375/.32601610
RHPZac Gallen, Jr.4-32.798474190
RHPJ.B. Bukauskas, So.5-34.0972.230670
RHPJason Morgan, So.0-03.9123851
RPHansen Butler, So.1-03.3821.125120

Hitting: 55

North Carolina's Tyler Ramirez (Aaron Fitt)North Carolina’s Tyler Ramirez (Aaron Fitt)

North Carolina’s offense was inconsistent a year ago, when it ranked 205th in the nation in batting and 130th in scoring. The Tar Heels need their talented sophomores — Gahagan, Warmoth, Ryan and Miller — to take big steps forward offensively, and the fall was very encouraging for all of them. Miller and Pate should be dynamic catalysts at the top of the lineup, because both have good barrel awareness and control of the strike zone. UNC always ranks near the top of the national leaderboard in walks (last year it ranked ninth), and it should be up there again in 2016, with the ultra-disciplined Ramirez leading the way. Ramirez is the team’s best player, a mature lefthanded hitter with speed and power. Lynn dazzled the coaching staff with his pure line-drive stroke and all-fields approach from the left side in the fall, and he figures to be a key middle-of-the-lineup run producer. Warmoth is a grinder who should turn in quality at-bats in the bottom half of the lineup, and UNC is excited about the pure hitting ability of freshmen Illies and Datres. So while this lineup is light on star power, it should be fairly solid one through nine.


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