LSU's Saul Garza (LSU Athletics)


Top 25 Breakdown: No. 11 LSU

Season 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).
More: Fall Report on LSU
Schedule, Stats, Team News: Follow the Tigers all season long at our LSU Team Page.

LSU's Projected Lineup

CSaul Garza, Jr..303/.358/.4765270
1BCade Beloso, So..279/.339/.42910521
2BCade Doughty, Fr.HS — Denham Springs, La.
3BZack Mathis, Jr.Tr. — San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) CC
SSHal Hughes, Jr..174/.289/.1880112
LFDrew Bianco, So..176/.348/.3533141
CFGiovanni DiGiacomo, So..275/.376/.3333141
RFDaniel Cabrera, Jr..284/.359/.51612501
DHGavin Dugas, So..186/.265/.233061
SP #1Cole Henry, So.4-23.3958.172180
SP #2Landon Marceaux, So.5-24.665843200
SP #3AJ Labas, R-So.DNP — injured
CloserDevin Fontenot, Jr.5-43.715154257

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.

Hitting: 55

LSU outfielder Daniel Cabrera (LSU Athletics)

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 …

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