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2017 D1Baseball Staff Predictions

Season Preview

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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).





National ChampionFloridaOregon StateOregon StateOregon State
Player of the YearNick Madrigal, Oregon StateNick Madrigal, Oregon StateSeth Beer, ClemsonLuken Baker, TCU
Pitcher of the YearSteven Gingery, Texas TechBrady Singer, FloridaBrady Singer, FloridaCasey Mize, Auburn
Freshman of the YearAlex Toral, MiamiDaniel Cabrera, LSUDaniel Cabrera, LSUSteven Williams, Auburn
Coach of the YearChris Pollard, DukeNick Mingione, KentuckyDavid Pierce, TexasTim Tadlock, Texas Tech
Non-Top 25 SleeperMarylandLouisianaWake ForestMaryland
Non-Field of 64 SleeperSaint Mary'sOklahoma StateOklahoma StateCreighton
Breakout StarJustin Lavey, LouisvilleChase Shugart, TexasJackson Lueck, Florida StateTristan Beck, Stanford


National ChampionArkansasOregon State
Player of the YearJeremy Eierman, Missouri StateTristan Pompey, Kentucky
Pitcher of the YearColton Eastman, CS FullertonLuke Heimlich, Oregon State
Freshman of the YearReid Detmers, LouisvilleDaniel Cabrera, LSU
Coach of the YearDave Van Horn, ArkansasTim Tadlock, Texas Tech
Non-Top 25 SleeperMissouri StateSam Houston State
Non-Field of 64 SleeperWashingtonUCSB
Breakout StarAlex McKenna, Cal PolyKyle Hurt, USC

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