Top 25 Breakdown: No. 10 Mississippi StateSeason Preview
2019 Record: 52-15. RPI: 4.
Coach (Record at school): Chris Lemonis (52-15, 1 season)
Ballpark: Dudy Noble Stadium (13,000)
Postseason History: 38 regionals (active streak: 4), 11 CWS trips (active streak: 2)
More: Fall Report on Mississippi State
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Mississippi State's Projected Lineup
|C||Luke Hancock, So.||.326/.483/.419||0||14||0|
|1B||Josh Hatcher, Jr.||.321/.379/.500||3||21||3|
|2B||Justin Foscue, Jr.||.331/.395/.564||15||60||2|
|3B||Landon Jordan, So.||.328/.397/.426||1||11||4|
|SS||Jordan Westburg, Jr.||.294/.402/.457||6||61||7|
|LF||Brad Cumbest, So.||.286/.345/.429||1||11||0|
|CF||Rowdey Jordan, Jr.||.290/.370/.420||6||49||11|
|RF||Tanner Allen, Jr.||.349/.426/.516||7||66||1|
|DH||Brandon Pimentel, So.||Tr. — Howard (Texas) CC|
|SP #1||JT Ginn, So.||8-4||3.13||86.1||105||19||0|
|SP #2||Christian MacLeod, R-Fr.||DNP — illness|
|SP #3||Eric Cerantola, So.||3-0||4.30||14.2||21||11||0|
|Closer||Landon Sims, Fr.||HS — South Forsythe (Ga.)|
Grading The Bulldogs
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.
Mainstays Jake Mangum and Elijah MacNamee plus 2019 breakout Dustin Skelton are gone, but Mississippi State returns all the other key pieces of an offense that ranked fifth in the nation in batting and 11th in scoring a year ago. This figures to be a dynamic lineup loaded with physicality and tough outs. …
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