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Weekly College Baseball Chat: March 14

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Another wild weekend of college baseball action is in the books, and as usual, experts Kendall Rogers and Aaron Fitt took your burning questions about everything college-baseball related.

 

Kendall Rogers
Hey all — Aaron and myself will be here around 1 PM central, 2 PM eastern, to start answering your questions. Go ahead and get them in!
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about 2 hours ago
Comment From Drew
What is the ceiling for this Ole Miss team?
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about an hour ago

Kendall Rogers:
Drew,
The ceiling is just how far the starting rotation can take them moving forward. The bullpen looks to be in solid shape and this team will hit, but again, it will depend on what Chad Smith and Sean Johnson do the rest of the season in the rotation. If those guys shine, this team has an extremely high ceiling, IMO.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Kevin
After going 4-1 this week (that New Orleans loss hurt), is Tulane getting back into the top 25 discussion?
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about an hour ago

Kendall Rogers:
Win the series this weekend at Texas, and I think so. Tulane was a good team that just went through a little rough patch. The big key for those guys is getting Stephen Alemais back in the everyday lineup. Still very bullish on the Green Wave and they’ve played well on the weekend the past couple of weeks.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Wamfom
With Ole Miss avoiding having to play Florida and Vandy this year, how do you see the Rebels fairing the rest of the season?
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about an hour ago

Kendall Rogers:
that’s a good thing to mention. Remember, last year, LSU had a pretty favorable schedule and was able to rack up a very very good conference record because of it. That could be advantageous for the Rebels this season, too. FWIW, I have the Rebels on upset alert at Tennessee this weekend. I think the Vols are actually pretty solid, and they will be looking at that series as a potential statement weekend.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Tim
Hey guys…. What do you think about the Univ of Georgia’s chances in the SEC this season?
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about an hour ago

Kendall Rogers:
Tim,
You know, the Bulldogs are quietly 12-5 overall and have put themselves in a situation to make a little noise in the SEC. Clearly, much of their success hinges on Robert Tyler having a big spring, but also, Heath Holder put together a dominant start over the weekend. I still think the Bulldogs lack the big horses in the SEC, but can they sneak into a regional? Perhaps so. This team clearly is improved.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Julien
What are your impressions on Arizona early on ? Can they do better than 9th in the Pac-12 as voted pre-season ?
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about an hour ago

Aaron Fitt:
Yeah, I think they can. I still think they’re a little light on the mound to be a contender for the top of the Pac, but they’re good enough offensively and defensively to finish in the middle of the Pac and make a regional. Really like the energy they play with too — Jay Johnson has done a very nice job there already. Pretty emphatic sweep of a solid Sac State club this weekend — Wildcats are scoring a lot of runs.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Justwin
Kendall, discuss A&M’s woes at the plate and how likely that will continue to be A&M’s Achilles heel. Also, what’s wrong with Banks? Is he still hurt, or just catching up from being hurt?
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about an hour ago

Kendall Rogers:
JW,
A&M’s approach the first two days against Fresno State (I saw them on Friday) was definitely not the greatest, especially Banks, who was fishing outside against Ricky Thomas on a consistent basis. However, all of these guys have hit consistently well in the past, so maybe Sunday’s game was a “Breakout” of sorts. I still think A&M will be just fine offensively, and I’d look for them to have a good week in that regard against Texas and Auburn (this weekend). As for Banks, he definitely doesn’t look 100-percent to me, but I’m also used to seeing Banks slap the ball all over the field.
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about an hour ago
Comment From jb
Huge series this weekend between two teams that appear better than people thought…Boston College at Clemson. How do you see this series going?
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about an hour ago

Kendall Rogers:
JB,
I like Clemson at home, but boy, talk about a massive series that we didn’t see coming before the season. BC has been very impressive with Mike King and Jacob Stevens both pitching well over the weekend, while Justin Dunn was studly out of the bullpen. This team appears to be for real, while Clemson’s got the best lineup in college baseball in the 1-6 range right now, IMO.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Razorbacker
Who do you like to take the opening SEC weekend series between Arkansas & South Carolina?
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about an hour ago

Kendall Rogers:
I like South Carolina two of three at home in that one. Feel like Clarke Schmidt gets them off to a roaring start in the series opener, and they will squeak out one of the final two games. I love Arkansas’ club, but I am a little concerned at their blah play the past couple of weekends.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Doug
Should we be worried about NC State’s offense following two shut-outs this weekend?
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about an hour ago

Aaron Fitt:
I really don’t think so — tip your cap to BC, and move on. In fact, one of the reasons I was so impressed with what BC did this weekend is that I really believe in that NC State offense. But Mike King is a legit Friday ace, and he shut down the Wolfpack. And the Eagles have a quality bullpen, too. Obviously it wasn’t a great weekend for NC State, but I don’t think it’s any cause for alarm.
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about an hour ago
Comment From VULuke
What series are you most excited about this weekend as we hit conference play?
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about an hour ago

Aaron Fitt:
I think the series Kendall is attending in Nashville is probably the showcase series of SEC opening weekend. Vandy has been as good as advertised, and Mississippi State looks very dangerous coming off that Oregon sweep. I’ll catch most of that Arkansas-SC series, and I think that one’s pretty intriguing too. Missouri at Florida could be fascinating as well — the Tigers have the pitching to give the Gators a run. Other big ones this week in other leagues: Louisville at Miami and Arizona State at Oregon State.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Todd
Pepperdine had high expectations coming into this year returning almost everyone from a regional runner up squad. They started a horrific 3-8 but now have won 4 straight against quality opponents in Cal Poly and Columbia while outscoring them 42-12. What potential do you think this team has?
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about an hour ago

Aaron Fitt:
Yeah, this last week was more like what we expected to see from the Waves this year — I still believe that team will be a huge factor in the WCC. Certainly it was good to see Pepperdine score a bunch of runs, but I was particularly encouraged to see what Puckett, Garcia and Jonathan Pendergast did on the mound. Figuring out that rotation was key, and it seems to be gelling.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Brad
I’ve been very impressed with the job Andy Cannizaro is doing with the LSU lineup. Does he make the jump to a head coaching job after this season?
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about an hour ago

Kendall Rogers:
Brad,
I think Andy will be in line for a head coaching job over the next two or three years. He has ties to Southern Miss, and I think David Pierce heads to Rice (or another Power 5 school) over the next few years, making Tulane a pretty seamless transition for him as well. Really talented coach, great recruiter, person, etc.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Glenn
Why is Oregon always ranked in the top 10?
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about an hour ago

Kendall Rogers:
Glenn,
Oregon entered the season with big-time pitching, and I still think the Ducks are going to be just fine on the mound. However, the concerns I have about these guys are the concerns I expected to have coming into the season as well — the offense just isn’t very good. Those guys better figure it out soon.
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about an hour ago
Comment From John
It seems like you guys are doing the same thing with Long Beach State that you did with Georgia Tech.
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about an hour ago

Aaron Fitt:
What, moving them into the Top 25? Yep, you’re right. In both cases, we jumped them in a few spots because the teams at the back of the rankings didn’t really deserve to move up or down. And both teams deserved to be ranked when we ranked them. I’m actually not enamored with Long Beach’s talent… but they have put together a clear top 25-caliber resume so far, with series wins against Arizona State, Nebraska and at Oklahoma, plus midweek wins against UCLA and Fresno. That’s a scrappy team that has earned its spot in the rankings. That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily going to stay there, and if they have a losing week and fall out of the rankings, that doesn’t mean they didn’t deserve to be in this week.
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about an hour ago
Comment From JSC
Kendall, I saw your tweet about RPI not being much of a factor this time of year. Don’t you think if you are in a power conference and you have a high RPI entering conference play, you are less likely to see it drop as the season goes forward even if you play .500 ball in league play?
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Kendall Rogers:
Maybe so, but this early, you’re seeing teams move 40-50 spots like nobody’s business, and that’s the volatility of the RPI this early in the process. Give it a few more weeks and things will start to even out. Also, the record in league play really depends on which league you are in … for instance, a team in the SEC has more wiggle room than let’s say some team in the WCc.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Adam
How many players Florida will be taken in the first 100? I’m guessing at least three (Puk, Reed, Shore), with two more maybes (Dunning, Alonso)
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about an hour ago

Aaron Fitt:
I agree with your three, but I’ll bet on Dunning in the top 100 picks as well, with Alonso probably outside that range just because you don’t see a ton of college first basemen go that high (but if he keeps on hitting the way he has so far, he could certainly do it).
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about an hour ago
Comment From john
Opinions on Notre Dame Louisville series? A sweep by Louisville, but two close games and a blowout. Was Louisville playing well against a good Notre Dame team, or did they just walk over a poor team
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about an hour ago

Aaron Fitt:
Notre Dame has gotten off to a bit of a disappointing start, but the Irish still have the pieces to be a very good club. Remember, most of the key players from last year’s 17-win ACC team (a regional No. 2 seed) are back this year, and I still expect Notre Dame to make a run and get back into a regional. So that’s a nice series win by Louisville, a team with elite pitching that just shut down a Notre Dame offense that has yet to find its stride.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Brady
how surprising is Logan Ice’s start to the season? Also with KJ Harrison seems to be in a slump, can Beavers still be a top team without his top form?
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about an hour ago

Kendall Rogers:
Brady,
My feeling is that KJ Harrison will be just fine, but there’s zero doubt that Logan Ice’s rise catching a lot of attention, not only from us, but also from scouts. We always believed in his defensive tool, but now that he has a strong hit tool (we’ll see if he keeps it up), that makes him a premium player and prospect. His rise is massive for the Beavers.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Erik
How impressive is a series sweep over Loyola Marymount for the Huskers? I get that they aren’t the cream of the crop in California, of course, but they’re always usually fairly solid. Your thoughts?
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Aaron Fitt:
That was a big week for the Huskers, in large part because they went undefeated in a six-game week — that’s really hard to do. Not only that, but they allowed just nine runs in those six games. Playing so many games in a week really taxes your pitching staff, and Nebraska handled it with remarkable aplomb. I kept saying the Huskers were better than their record showed after the first few weeks — maybe this will be a turning point for them.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Eric
What is up with Texas?
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about an hour ago

Kendall Rogers:
Eric,
It’s hard to get a really good feel for the Longhorns. I don’t feel like they are that far away from being a solid club — they played UCLA very close over the weekend, but this team has a real issue clothing things out. UT has a crucial week coming up with A&M on the road and Tulane at home. Texas needs to go 2-2 at worst during the next week, but I don’t see that happening. I see the Horns going 1-3 and putting themselves at a disadvantage going into Big 12 play.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Matt
Antione Duplantis…batting .400, getting on base, stealing bases, playing errorless ball, etc. are all great for a freshman. When will he start hitting the long ball? This is LSU baseball.
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Kendall Rogers:
Matt,
Yeah, I always HATE when guys hit .400. Duplantis will hit the long ball in due time, but he’s still a baby out there, a really athletic baby that is. Really talented young player who’s pretty much doing what we all expected. I’m intrigued to see him next weekend over in College Station.
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about an hour ago
Comment From E
It took you a long time last year to start respecting how good Missouri state is. After sweeping Memphis on the road and having a 7-0 road record still they arent in your top 25. What series on their schedule will mark the point that if they do well will have them get recognition as a legit contender again this year?
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Aaron Fitt:
You say it took a while last year, but the very first “under the radar” feature we wrote last year after the first weekend of the season was on Missouri State. That team was very much on our radar all year last year, and it is on our radar this year, too. The Bears would probably have moved into the Top 25 if they had won that midweek game against Oklahoma State, but the fact is their schedule has been soft (they’ve played three games against projected regional teams, losing two of them against UConn and OSU while beating Oral Roberts). If the Bears keep it going through next week against Iowa (which has gotten off to a slow start but still has some nice pieces), it could be ranked next week — it just depends whether some other team with more quality wins jumps in ahead of them.
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about an hour ago
Comment From Baseball Fan
At the end of the Super Regional last year, Dan Hartleb was pretty vocal about getting respect and ended his final press conference after being swept with “We will get Vanderbilt.” He was then pretty bullish in the summer about what was coming back. But now they are just 6-7 to start the season. Is Illinois always going to be a cyclical program and if so why doesn’t he move to a better job?
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Kendall Rogers:
Baseball,
I don’t have an issue with Hartleb saying that. With that, I had gotten good reviews on the Fighting Illini a few weeks ago, but they clearly are having issues being a consistent club. The Big Ten schools clearly don’t have as much depth as some teams elsewhere around the country, so their margins for error are much, much smaller. That’s why you see programs take slight steps back after having strong campaigns, as opposed to a program like LSU, per say, that just reloads and moves on, etc.
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about an hour ago
Comment From I was at the ECU-R…
I was at the ECU-Rice game on Sunday. I was very impressed with Jimmy Boyd should excellent control, which can be a downside for him and Turner Brown was outstanding at SS. But ECU continues to struggle hitting good pitching consistently. Do see this as a lull or more of a season long issue? Also, what is wrong with Bryce Harman? He looks lost at the plate.
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43 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
You should have come by and said something. I was there as well. ECU’s offense didn’t do much for me, but Watkins is a physical player and Brown, I agree, was very good up the middle. I feel like there’s a lot of juice in Dwayne-Williams Sutton’s bat, and he could be a guy to really watch moving forward. He was very close to hitting a big-time HR in yesterday’s game. With that said, it was interesting that Harman looked so lost, and drew a walk after a chat with Cliff Godwin. He’s a huge key to the rest of the season.
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43 minutes ago
Comment From VandyCane
Hey guys, the Canes starting rotation has been very up and down early this season. Should there be a real concern with how they are going to compete with a loaded ACC this year or do you feel like they will get it together as the season progresses?
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41 minutes ago

Aaron Fitt:
I wouldn’t read too much into Thomas Woodrey’s rough outing — it was very uncharacteristic. Sounded like he just didn’t have it that day, in the bullpen before the game or once the game started. And I think Mediavilla and Danny Garcia are actually pretty solid options on Saturday and Sunday. So I’m not really worried about Miami’s rotation, but I’m a bit concerned about the pitching depth, especially with Cooper Hammond out 4-6 weeks now. Sounds like Frankie Bartow has pretty electric stuff, with a fastball that can bump mid-90s… he just needs to be more consistent. Bartow and Cabezas ought to be able to serve as bridge guys to get to Bryan Garcia.
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41 minutes ago
Comment From Russell
Any thoughts on Rice after a nice series win against ECU this weekend?
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40 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
Russell,
They’ve at least got me intrigued a little, which is more than I can say about that after the Houston College Classic. Ricky Salinas looked like a pretty quality arm yesterday, sitting 90-93 with a good changeup, so that gives the Owls are a pretty stable 1-2-3 punch in the weekend rotation. However, this team is still offensively challenged and I’m not sure I see that changing.
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40 minutes ago
Comment From TC
I have not yet had a chance to see Hayden Stone pitch this year for Vanderbilt but am very excited about his return. Looking at his stat line, he seems to have been effective so far this year. If either of you have had a chance to see him pitch, is the breaking ball that was so effective his freshman year still the same pitch after Tommy John?
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39 minutes ago

Aaron Fitt:
I’ve gotten very positive reports on Stone — sounds like he is back, for real. That slider is back to being that old bastard pitch that was so unhittable when he was a freshman. Huge boost for the Commodores.
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39 minutes ago
Comment From Patrick
Whose start is more impressive, Corey Ray (against slightly stronger competition) or Kyle Lewis (against slightly weaker competition)?
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37 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
Patrick,
Give me Kyle Lewis. I love Corey Ray, but teams are definitely able to key on Lewis a bit more because Louisville is obviously more balanced. Even with that, Lewis is still hitting .444 with seven homers. That’s very, very loud and impressive. Lots of pressure on him coming into the season, and he’s only gotten better.
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37 minutes ago
Comment From Joseph
Think Clemson could be a regional host or possibly an Omaha contender?
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35 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
Joseph,
Don’t think I see Clemson hosting a regional this season, but hell, I don’t think I saw those guys being this good this early, either. Much will depend on where the Tigers finish in the ACC. I still think UNC, NC State, Florida State, Louisville are the safest bets in that regard right now.
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35 minutes ago
Comment From Brad
Aaron and Kendall keep up the good work. Coastal Carolina had a pretty good week. Hopefully Cunningham worked out his struggles and Gillley said he wants to slot him in as Friday starter then Poole as Saturday guy and still figuring out Sunday. Gilley said he will have to use young arms for midweek games. How do you weigh mid week wins or losses compared to weekend series wins? Will CCU be back into the top 25 and how soon do u see CCU getting back into d1 top 25?
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Aaron Fitt:
We certainly place more emphasis on weekend results, but we take midweek game into account too, and they can have a cumulative effect if you win a bunch of them against good teams or lose a bunch of them. In Coastal’s case, those midweek games are pretty important, because they play a lot of very good opponents in those games, giving them a chance for some crucial top-50 wins (their conference schedule doesn’t afford a lot of chances to get those). Still like the Chants — especially if Cunningham is back and they can get that starting pitching on track. Once they show they’ve got that figured out, they’ll be back in the rankings, I suspect. Maybe another couple of weeks.
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36 minutes ago
Comment From Chris
Outside of the power 5, what conference has surprised you most this season?
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34 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
Chris,
I would say at the top, Conference USA. Florida Atlantic, Rice, Southern Miss and Old Dominion all look like postseason teams right now. Will that change? Highly likely, don’t see more than three teams reaching the postseason for that league. But, it’s still intriguing to talk about right now.
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34 minutes ago
Comment From Ben
Beaver bats really struggled this weekend, especially with runners on. Can I blame it on the weather? How good are the sun devils? Should I be worried about them coming into Corvallis and punching us in the mouth?
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33 minutes ago

Aaron Fitt:
No reason to be concerned — that Oregon State offense is the real deal, but it’s impossible for any offense to perform at peak capacity every game. ASU looks pretty interesting, and they probably feel like they’ve got something to prove — wouldn’t shock me to see the Devils go up there and give the Beavs all they can handle. But ultimately, I think experienced, mentally tough teams like Oregon State know how to handle themselves in big series like this. I don’t expect the Beavers to get punched too hard.
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33 minutes ago
Comment From Zach
How do the Vols look as an sec threat this season? Including your prediction/s for this weekend against Ole Miss
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30 minutes ago

Aaron Fitt:
Wrote about the Vols in depth a couple weeks ago, really intrigued by that club, and eager to see how they handle the SEC. Tennessee notched another very nice weekend series win against UC Irvine this weekend; they look ready for conference play. Certainly wouldn’t surprise me for Tennessee to win that series this weekend. That Tennessee offense looks pretty dangerous, and frankly I don’t think their pitching is too far behind Ole Miss’ pitching, either.
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30 minutes ago
Comment From JSC
I was very impressed with top two starters for Fresno this weekend, what is their ceiling in the post season if they win the MWC this year? How would you rank the pre-conference weekend schedules of SEC teams? 1. Miss State, 2. Texas A&M, 3. Vanderbilt…everyone else?
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29 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
JSC — Fresno State is a little offensive challenged in some areas, but that one-two punch in Thomas and Lambert are going to give MWC teams all sorts of headaches. Thomas had a terrific CH and slurve, while his FB was consistently 87-89/90, up to 91 at times. Really good arm, and holding A&M to that few of runs the first two days is impressive.
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29 minutes ago
Comment From Eric
Michigan State isn’t even being considered for the Top 25? Why’s that?
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27 minutes ago

Aaron Fitt:
Well, we did actually talk about the Spartans yesterday, so I suppose technically they were considered… but we just need to see them get a couple wins against projected regional teams before they get serious Top 25 consideration. Auburn, Troy, Illinois State, UCF, Texas State, FGCU — those are decent wins, but FGCU is the only team in that bunch we expect to be in a regional. A 13-1 start is very nice — Michigan State is very much on our radar. If they keep this up for another week or two, they’ve got a real shot to force their way into the Top 25.
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27 minutes ago
Comment From Joseph
I know its early but do you think Monte Lee is making a case to be ACC coach of the year so far?
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27 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
Joseph,
Definitely is …. with that said, the biggest thing that Monte is doing is changing the culture of that program a little. Clemson has not been known as a gritty, hard-nosed type of team over the past few years, but they clearly are that under Lee right now.
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27 minutes ago
Comment From Drew_DH11
How do you see ASU C Brian Serven transitioning to the majors? He has thrown out 13 would be base stealers this season, far and away leading the PAC12 with 9 more than 2nd place. His arm strength and accuracy make it confusing as to why teams continue to run on him, should be a great subplot to this weekend’s matchup at OSU.
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Aaron Fitt:
Good call — he’s one of the best defensive catchers in the nation, and a guy that I think flies a bit under the radar in what I think is actually a pretty solid draft crop of college catchers. He’s got a chance to go in the first two or three rounds this June, I think. Oregon State can run, but I doubt they’ll try to test him too much this weekend — the Beavers will find other ways to generate offense.
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25 minutes ago
Comment From MUFan
Mizzou lost a series to Youngstown St this weekend. Granted, it was a weird weekend with rain and scheduling changes. How badly does that series loss hurt the Tigers? Were they close to top 25 discussion had they won/swept that series? The team is really struggling to swing the bat.
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Kendall Rogers:
MU,
I think Missouri would be in the mix for the Top 25 if not for those losses — those are pretty damn bad. With that said, the Tigers could make a distant memory with a series win over Florida this weekend. Remember, the Tigers were able to take that series last year and that was thought to be a real springboard at the time. FWIW, I heard Houck hit 98 several times over the weekend, while sitting 94-97 with his FB.
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23 minutes ago
Comment From Ryan
Do you know how Houck has been throwing this year? Is his velo up from last year? I’ve heard he looks great but haven’t seen him yet. Thanks! MIZ
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22 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
Just answered that, but velocity was mostly 94-98 in his last start over the weekend. Really interested to see how he does against Florida this weekend.
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22 minutes ago
Comment From Shawn
FSU is off to a good start! Sansone, West, Walls, and Busby all showing major improvements from last year. This could be a top 10 offensive team but will they have the starting pitching to make a deeper run in the NCAA Tournament than last season?
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21 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
Shawn,
I think this team has enough pitching to make some postseason noise. It certainly isn’t great at all, but I’ve learned over time not to doubt the Seminoles much. Sansone has been so huge for those guys offensively. Interested to see how Carlton, Compton, etc., perform as ACC play continues.
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21 minutes ago
Comment From eight26
Aaron, I just heard your upset pick on the podcast. Can you expand a bit on how Maryland could get it done against Fullerton?
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21 minutes ago

Aaron Fitt:
Well, I think Maryland is capable of matching or even besting Fullerton on the mound, that’s the big thing. The Terps did a good job keeping a very dangerous Bryant offense at bay this weekend. Mike Shawaryn is still one of the best pitchers in the country, Taylor Bloom was excellent on Saturday, and Brian Shaffer is a solid Sunday guy. Both teams are already battle tested; certainly the smarter money is on Fullerton at home, but that’s why it’s an upset pick. I still believe in Maryland’s talent and experience.
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21 minutes ago
Comment From Tom
Who did you learn more about last weekend in Starkvegas, Mississippi State or Oregon? How do the Bulldogs size up compared to the SEC heavyweights as they open conference play in Nashville next weekend?
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19 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
Tom,
I think I learned something about both teams. I think Mississippi State clearly showed it has the ability to be a pretty balanced and productive club, while Oregon showed some glaring holes on the offensive side of things. This weekend, for both teams, will be big in determining how much you can take from that series.
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19 minutes ago
Comment From Nate
Florida St catches a lot of flack every year when it comes to ranking, historically, the best programs in college baseball purely because they have never won that elusive CWS title. Obviously the season is still young, but after sweeping a previously undefeated GT team, it looks like Mike Martin has FSU right back where they always are. With no losing seasons, ever, how is FSU not one of the elite programs out there based on the level of pure consistency that program puts out every, single year? Absolutely insane results considering the lack of overall talent year in and year out.
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Aaron Fitt:
They’re pretty obviously one of college baseball’s elite programs — nobody has been more consistent for decades now than FSU. Even Miami, which has an even longer regionals streak, went through a bit of a funk over the last decade (though it still made regionals). FSU never really has a funk; even in down years, FSU almost always wins its division and hosts a regional. Insane is right.
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19 minutes ago
Comment From JB
Why won’t UF and FSU play a 3 game series and rotate home and home every season? Then we could see weekend starters v. weekend starters instead of this midweek stuff.
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Aaron Fitt:
I would love to see that. Or even better, do it like South Carolina-Clemson — play the Friday game in Tallahassee, the Saturday game in Gainesville, the Sunday game in Jacksonville, something like that.
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17 minutes ago
Comment From BB
Where does Wyatt Short stack up with top closers across country? The mini man has always been very effective. But he’s been damn near unhittable in this young season with 4 saves. #rebsbsb
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17 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
BB,
If you’ve read my stuff over the past two years, you know I like Short. He comes from an interesting angle and he’s got solid secondary stuff to go with an 89-92 fastball. Really effective pitcher and an underrated piece to that pitching staff.
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17 minutes ago
Comment From Reed
Hey guys, I’ve watched a lot of TCU baseball throughout the years and I don’t think I’ve ever seen them hit around like that at Lupton. Are the USC bats that good? I know they’ve struggled to hit with runners in scoring position for most of the season, but they had no trouble with that this weekend. I’m really concerned about Rex Hill. He hasn’t impressed me much this season and isn’t eating up enough innings, IMO.
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16 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
Reed,
USC has some solid bats, but no question that spot in the weekend rotation is a concern. If you remember my notes from the Houston College Classic, Hill looked solid, but I also said his margin for error was pretty small. If he’s less than anything pinpoint, he’s going to get hit by some teams. I like Howard/Baker, but the No. 3 spot in the rotation is a concern.
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16 minutes ago
Comment From mudder30
Would like to get your opinion on the absence of any C-USA teams in your top 25. The top 6 teams have all had quality non-conference wins and currently have a conference RPI of #4.
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15 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
I talked about Conference USA earlier in the chat, but Florida Atlantic was heavily considered for our Top 25. USM and Old Dominion are off to terrific starts and are nearing consideration stage, while I still have major concerns about Rice.
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15 minutes ago
Comment From VULuke
If you guys could build a starting outfield from anyone in the country, who do you take?
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13 minutes ago

Aaron Fitt:
Tough! Buddy Reed, Corey Ray and Kyle Lewis. As much as I hate leaving Kendall out, it’s hard not to go with those three juniors.
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13 minutes ago
Comment From Joseph
Rank the best teams in the state of South Carolina so far..
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12 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
Joseph,
I would say: 1) Clemson, 2) South Carolina, 3) College of Charleston, and quite the drop off after that.
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12 minutes ago

Aaron Fitt:
I agree with Kendall’s order as far as resume… but as far as who I think will prove to be the best teams at the end of the year, I’m sticking with South Carolina, then Clemson, Coastal and CofC.
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12 minutes ago

Aaron Fitt
OK everybody, that’ll do it for me today. Thanks for the great questions, as usual.
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10 minutes ago
Comment From Chris
What’s your opinion on Old Dominion? Some solid wins this season over #10 NC State opening day, and beat 2015 super regional participant VCU 3-1. What are your predictions for the Monarchs as they start conference play this weekend? How far out of the Top 25 are they?
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7 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
They’re in the mix. i actually really like ODU’s resume so far this season. I’d like to see the offense give Connor Myers a bit more help, but the pitching has been very impressive with Sam Sinnen leading the charge.
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7 minutes ago
Comment From NB
Jamey Shouppe seems to be doing an amazing job at Florida A&M this season. Always strange that FAMU and FSU never play each other (only about 1 mile separates the two stadiums). Do you see him as an option for another gig at a more prominent school in the near future?
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5 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers:
NB,
I thin someone at the mid-major level should take a hard look at Jamey. He’s making wine with water over there at FAMU right now, and it’s also interesting to note that former FSU star Bryan Henry is on his staff, too. Really impressive jobs done.
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5 minutes ago

Kendall Rogers
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