Top 25 Breakdown: No. 11 Coastal CarolinaSeason Preview
2016 Record: 55-18. RPI: 5.
Coach (Record at school): Gary Gilmore (847-438, 21 years).
Ballpark: Springs Brooks Stadium (Capacity: 5,500).
Postseason History: 15 regionals (active streak: 2), 1 CWS trip (2016), 1 national title (2016).
More: Fall Report on Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina's Projected Lineup
|C||Matt Beaird, Jr.||.208/.338/.233||0||18||0|
|1B||Kevin Woodall, Jr.||207/.333/.326||3||17||0|
|2B||Wood Myers, Jr.||Tr.—Chipola (Fla.) JC|
|3B||Seth Lancaster, Jr.||.326/.457/.509||7||35||15|
|SS||Jordan Gore, Jr.||DNP—transferred from South Carolina|
|LF||Cory Wood, Fr.||HS—Raleigh, N.C.|
|CF||Billy Cook, Jr.||.324/.415/.429||3||36||27|
|RF||Dalton Ewing, Jr.||.133/.341/.333||2||5||8|
|DH||Dax Roper, Fr.||HS—Honea Path, S.C.|
|RHP||Andrew Beckwith, Sr.||15-1||1.85||117||75||18||2|
|RHP||Alex Cunningham, Sr.||10-4||3.62||119.1||98||40||1|
|RHP||Jason Bilous, So.||3-1||4.43||44.2||47||35||0|
|RP||Bobby Holmes, Jr.||7-2||4.20||83.2||74||35||4|
Grading The Chanticleers
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.
The Chanticleers must replace six everyday starters from their national championship team, including their three leading hitters (Connor Owings, Zach Remillard, G.K. Young) and their catalyst (Anthony Marks). There’s no question that this year’s offense will be less explosive, but it should still be plenty potent thanks to a nice blend of impact newcomers, three returning starters and some other quality players who have waited their turn to assume everyday jobs.
The most accomplished returning hitter is Lancaster, who became a much more disciplined hitter last year (posting a 40-42 BB-K mark) and blossomed into a key run producer. The other key returnee in the lineup is Cooke, an athletic slasher who could move from the bottom third of the lineup into one of the top two spots in the order. Another potential leadoff man is Wood, a skilled bat handler with surprising strength in his 5-foot-8 frame and impressive maturity for a freshman. Myers, like Wood and Lancaster, is a lefthanded hitter with a chance to make a real impact somewhere in the top half of the lineup. The former starting shortstop at North Carolina, Myers is working to become less pull-happy and more gap-to-gap, doubles-oriented; if he does, Gary Gilmore said he thinks Myers has a chance to hit more than 20 doubles this year.
Gore is the other key addition, a former contributor at South Carolina who has significantly improved his swing from both sides of the plate. The Chants expect him to provide a nice line-drive bat in the No. 2 or No. 3 hole. The toolsy Ewing has started to show signs of figuring out his offensive approach; he, Woodall and the physical Roper will be counted upon to provide some offense from the right side. Beaird has gotten stronger and looks like a much improved offensive player.
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