Top 25 Breakdown: No. 20 Wake ForestSeason Preview
2018 Record: 25-32. RPI: 71. Coach (Record at school): Tom Walter (264-250, 9 seasons). Ballpark: David F. Couch Ballpark (Capacity: 3,823). Postseason History: 13 regionals (last in 2017), 2 CWS trips (last in 1955), 1 national title (1955). More: Fall Report on Wake Forest. Schedule, Stats, Team News: Follow the Demon Deacons all season long at our Wake Forest Team Page.
Wake Forest's Projected Lineup
|C||Logan Harvey, Sr.||.215/.316/.264||0||14||1|
|1B||Bobby Seymour, So.||.286/.342/.441||7||32||2|
|2B||Patrick Frick, Jr.||.290/.405/.391||3||31||6|
|3B||Jake Mueller, Sr.||.303/.420/.360||2||20||18|
|SS||Bruce Steel, Sr.||(28 at-bats)|
|LF||Chris Lanzilli, So.||.268/.378/.529||9||33||3|
|CF||DJ Poteet, So.||.255/.385/.462||9||28||5|
|RF||Michael Ludowig, So.||.267/.350/.335||1||18||10|
|DH||Shane Muntz, So.||.253/.353/.406||5||29||1|
|RHP||Colin Peluse, Jr.||6-2||3.87||83.2||63||26||0|
|RHP||Morgan McSweeney, Jr.||2-6||4.44||73||66||39||0|
|LHP||Jared Shuster, So.||0-3||7.41||34||32||21||0|
|RP||Ryan Cusick, Fr.||HS — Avon, Conn.|
Grading The Demon Deacons
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.
After making back-to-back regionals capped by a trip to supers in 2017, Wake Forest endured a trying 2018 campaign with a very young roster, but the experience gained by last year’s super-talented freshman class should pay major dividends this spring. Now, Wake Forest is loaded with players who have experience as everyday regulars in the ACC, and the coaching staff feels really good about its top 13 or 14 position players, giving this team all kinds of versatility.