Stanford closer Jack Little (Aaron Fitt)


Top 25 Breakdown: No. 12 Stanford

Season Preview
2018 Record: 46-12. RPI: 6. Coach (Record at school): David Esquer (46-12, 1 season). Ballpark: Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (4,000). Postseason History: 33 regionals (active streak: 2), 16 CWS trips (last in 2008), 2 national titles (last in 1988). More: Fall Report on Stanford. Schedule, Stats, Team News: Follow the Cardinal all season long at our Stanford Team Page.

Stanford's Projected Lineup

CMaverick Handley, Jr..229/.360/.3472233
1BAndrew Daschbach, Jr..287/.358/.57917634
2BBrandon Dieter, Fr.HS — Covina, Calif.
3BTim Tawa, So..296/.347/.4987417
SSDuke Kinamon, Sr.DNP — injured
LFKyle Stowers, Jr..286/.383/.51010426
CFChristian Robinson, So..250/.303/.3980171
RFBrandon Wulff, Sr..303/.420/.4954201
DHWill Matthiessen, Jr..293/.414/.5987231
RHPBrendan Beck, So.8-02.4366.238121
RHPWill Matthiessen, Jr.2-12.001817110
LHPErik Miller, Jr.4-44.0748.252230
RPJack Little, Jr.3-00.6045.158816

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.

Hitting: 60

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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