UCLA slugger Michael Toglia (UCLA Athletics)

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Top 25 Breakdown: No. 5 UCLA

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2018 Record: 38-21. RPI: 22. Coach (Record at school): John Savage (487-349-1, 14 seasons). Ballpark: Jackie Robinson Stadium (1,821). Postseason History: 22 regionals (active streak: 2), 5 CWS trips (last in 2013), 1 national title (2013). More: Fall Report on UCLA Schedule, Stats, Team News: Follow the Bruins all season long at our UCLA Team Page.

UCLA's Projected Lineup

Pos.Name, Yr.AVG/OBP/SLGHRRBISB
CNoah Cardenas, Fr.HS — Saugus, Calif.
1BMichael Toglia, Jr..336/.449/.58811585
2BChase Strumpf, Jr..363/.475/.63312532
3BRyan Kreidler, Jr..222/.348/.3333344
SSKevin Kendall, So..278/.352/.39132013
LFJeremy Ydens, Jr..350/.421/.55863813
CFMatt McLain, Fr.HS — Tustin, Calif.
RFGarrett Mitchell, So..280/.337/.3310315
DHJake Pries, Sr..274/.403/.3451180
Pos.Name, Yr.W-LERAIPSOBBSV
RHPRyan Garcia, Jr.8-12.2376.276230
RHPZach Pettway, So.8-43.3596.278190
RHPJesse Bergin, Fr.HS — Los Angeles
RPHolden Powell, So.2-13.5133.12286

Grading The Bruins

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: 65

UCLA’s Chase Strumpf (Shotgun Spratling)

UCLA ranked second in the Pac-12 and 26th nationally in scoring a year ago, and the lineup returns almost entirely intact. This offense generates doubles by the truckload (last year it ranked 11th in the nation in doubles per game), and it is will stocked with players who thrive at driving the gaps, led by Toglia and Strumpf, who ranked first and second in the Pac with 24 and 23 doubles, respectively.

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