Top 25 Breakdown: No. 12 Miss. State

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2017 Record: 40-27. RPI: 28. 
Coach (Record at school): Andy Cannizaro (40-27 in one season)
Ballpark: Dudy Noble Field at Polk-DeMent Stadium (12,000)
Postseason History: 36 (active streak: 2), 9 CWS trips (Last: 2013 — national runner-up).
More: Fall Report on Mississippi State

Mississippi State's Projected Lineup

CMarshall Gilbert, So.Transfer--Logan (Ill.) College
1BTanner Allen, Fr.Freshman--Theodore, Ala. (UMS-Wright Prep)
2BHunter Stovall, Jr..288/.345/.3752184
3BRowdey Jordan, Fr.Freshman--Auburn, Ala. (HS)
SSLuke Alexander, Jr..222/.295/.3435215
LFHunter Vansau, Jr..297/.377/.3560140
CFJake Mangum, Jr..324/.380/.38502614
RFElijah MacNamee, Jr..267/.315/.3442224
DHJosh Hatcher, Fr.Freshman--Albany, Ga. (Lee County)
LHPKonnor Pilkington, Jr.8-53.08108111470
LHPEthan Small, R-So.Injured--DNP in 2017
RHPJ.P. France, Gr.Transfer--Tulane
RPSpencer Price, Jr.4-12.9134401914

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.


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