Top 25 Breakdown: No. 12 Stanford
Coach (Record at school):
David Esquer (46-12, 1 season).
Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (4,000).
33 regionals (active streak: 2), 16 CWS trips (last in 2008), 2 national titles (last in 1988).
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Stanford's Projected Lineup
|C||Maverick Handley, Jr.||.229/.360/.347||2||23||3
|1B||Andrew Daschbach, Jr.||.287/.358/.579||17||63||4
|2B||Brandon Dieter, Fr.||HS — Covina, Calif.
|3B||Tim Tawa, So.||.296/.347/.498||7||41||7
|SS||Duke Kinamon, Sr.||DNP — injured
|LF||Kyle Stowers, Jr.||.286/.383/.510||10||42||6
|CF||Christian Robinson, So.||.250/.303/.398||0||17||1
|RF||Brandon Wulff, Sr.||.303/.420/.495||4||20||1
|DH||Will Matthiessen, Jr.||.293/.414/.598||7||23||1
|RHP||Brendan Beck, So.||8-0||2.43||66.2||38||12||1
|RHP||Will Matthiessen, Jr.||2-1||2.00||18||17||11||0
|LHP||Erik Miller, Jr.||4-4||4.07||48.2||52||23||0
|RP||Jack Little, Jr.||3-0||0.60||45.1||58||8||16
Grading The Cardinal
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.
Tim Tawa, Stanford (Stanford Athletics)
Statistically, Stanford was a middle-of-the-Pac offensive team last year, ranking fifth in the conference in scoring and sixth in batting. The offense was plenty capable, but an elite pitching staff was the single biggest reason the Cardinal won 46 games. But even after the loss of first-round pick Nico Hoerner and leading hitter Beau Branton, Stanford has a real chance to be an even better offensive club than it was in 2018, because this lineup is loaded with emerging talent.
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