Top 25 Breakdown: No. 11 LSUSeason Preview
2019 Record: 40-26. RPI: 16.
Coach (Record at school): Paul Mainieri (591-255-3 in 13 seasons.
Ballpark: Alex Box Stadium (10,300).
Postseason History: 32 regionals (active streak: 8), 18 CWS trips (last in 2017), 6 national title (last in 2009).
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LSU's Projected Lineup
|C||Saul Garza, Jr.||.303/.358/.476||5||27||0|
|1B||Cade Beloso, So.||.279/.339/.429||10||52||1|
|2B||Cade Doughty, Fr.||HS — Denham Springs, La.|
|3B||Zack Mathis, Jr.||Tr. — San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) CC|
|SS||Hal Hughes, Jr.||.174/.289/.188||0||11||2|
|LF||Drew Bianco, So.||.176/.348/.353||3||14||1|
|CF||Giovanni DiGiacomo, So.||.275/.376/.333||3||14||1|
|RF||Daniel Cabrera, Jr.||.284/.359/.516||12||50||1|
|DH||Gavin Dugas, So.||.186/.265/.233||0||6||1|
|SP #1||Cole Henry, So.||4-2||3.39||58.1||72||18||0|
|SP #2||Landon Marceaux, So.||5-2||4.66||58||43||20||0|
|SP #3||AJ Labas, R-So.||DNP — injured|
|Closer||Devin Fontenot, Jr.||5-4||3.71||51||54||25||7|
Grading The Tigers
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 Tigers lost the top three hitters (Josh Smith, Antoine Duplantis and Zach Watson) from a team that ranked sixth in the SEC in batting and scoring a year ago, and there could be some growing pains as a host of underclassmen get their feet wet as everyday players in the SEC for the first time. Still, LSU has a very nice core of accomplished returning bats to build around in Cabrera, Garza and Beloso, and the sophomore class is full of promising breakout candidates. Cabrera is …