2017 D1Baseball Staff Predictions

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We’re just one day from the first pitch of the college baseball season, and our exhaustive season preview coverage is just about complete. Before we turn our attention to the action on the field, our writers made some picks for the 2017 season. We made our guesses for the major national awards, picked two sleepers (one that begins the season outside our Top 25 rankings, and one that failed to crack our preseason Field of 64 projection), and tabbed one breakout star (who did not make our preseason All-America team, but we think will make our postseason All-America team).

2017 D1Baseball Staff Predictions





National ChampionFlorida StateTCUTCUTCU
Player of the YearJeren Kendall, VanderbiltJeren Kendall, VanderbiltBrendan McKay, LouisvilleBrendan McKay, Louisville
Pitcher of the YearKyle Wright, VanderbiltAlex Faedo, FloridaKyle Wright, VanderbiltJ.B. Bukauskas, North Carolina
Freshman of the YearLogan Davidson, ClemsonNick Lodolo, TCUCarlos Cortes, South CarolinaNick Lodolo, TCU
Coach of the YearMark Scalf, UNC WilmingtonJim Schlossnagle, TCUMark Marquess, StanfordJim Schlossnagle, TCU
Non-Top 25 SleeperSouth AlabamaTexasSouth AlabamaNebraska
Non-Field of 64 SleeperUtahWest VirginiaFlorida InternationalCreighton
Breakout StarJake McCarthy, VirginiaJake Bird, UCLASean Hjelle, KentuckyCornelius Copeland, Jackson State



National ChampionSouth CarolinaLouisvilleNC State
Player of the YearPavin Smith, VirginiaBrendan McKay, LouisvilleBrendan McKay, Louisville
Pitcher of the YearBrady Singer, FloridaJ.B. Bukauskas, North CarolinaAlex Faedo, Florida
Freshman of the YearCarlos Cortes, South CarolinaMichael Toglia, UCLANick Lodolo, TCU
Coach of the YearDan McDonnell, LouisvilleTim Corbin, VanderbiltDarin Erstad, Nebraska
Non-Top 25 SleeperMississippi StateUCLANebraska
Non-Field of 64 SleeperNew Mexico StateFresno State
Breakout StarNick Sprengel, San DiegoRicky Tyler Thomas, Fresno StateMichael Mediavilla, Miami

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