Top 25 Breakdown: No. 24 Houston


2017 Record: 42-21. RPI: 17. 
Coach (Record at school): Todd Whitting (250-171-1 in seven seasons)
Ballpark: Cougar Field (5,000)
Postseason History: 21 Regionals (active streak: 1), 2 CWS trips (Last: 1967)
More: Fall Report on Houston

Houston's Projected Lineup

CTucker Redden, Jr.Transfer--Angelina (Texas) College
1BJoe Davis, Jr..299/.368/.4518461
2BConnor Hollis, Sr..266/.287/.3692305
3BJared Triolo, So..271/.360/.3722177
SSCooper Coldiron, Sr..245/.355/.2830154
LFDrew Minter, Fr.Freshman--League City, Texas (Clear Springs)
CFGrayson Padgett, Jr..309/.402/.4142407
RFLael Lockhart Jr., So..276/.393/.3561275
DHRon Brown, Fr.Freshman--Houston (Bellaire)
LHPTrey Cumbie, Jr.10-22.04101.182150
LHPAaron Fletcher, RS-Jr.2-12.4041.141108
RHPRyan Randel, Jr.Transfer--Orange Coast (Calif.) College
RPFred Villareal, So.1-24.2542.11482

Grading The Cougars

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.


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