Duke catcher Michael Rothenberg (Aaron Fitt)


Top 25 Breakdown: No. 15 Duke

Season Preview

2019 Record: 35-27. RPI: 44.
Coach (Record at school):
Chris Pollard (233-173 in 7 seasons).
Ballpark: Durham Bulls Athletic Park (10,000).
Postseason History: 8 regionals (active streak: 2), 3 CWS trips (last in 1961), 0 national titles.
More: Fall Report on Duke.
Schedule, Stats, Team News: Follow the Blue Devils all season long at our Duke team page.

Duke's Projected Lineup

CMichael Rothenberg, Jr..269/.390/.48111523
1BChris Crabtree, Jr..263/.356/.3943327
2BGrant Norris, Fr.HS — Somerset, Pa.
3BErikson Nichols, Sr..255/.325/.3182382
SSEthan Murray, So..305/.391/.4455406
LFRudy Maxwell, So..257/.353/.4394214
CFChase Cheek, Sr..293/.380/.40312420
RFJoey Loperfido, Jr..261/.361/.3894188
DHMatt Mervis, Sr..274/.357/.4216312
SP #1Bryce Jarvis, Jr.5-23.8175.294371
SP #2Cooper Stinson, So.1-45.4754.178431
SP #3Henry Williams, Fr.HS — Darien, Conn.
CloserThomas Girard, Jr.1-52.3346.161189

Grading The Blue Devils

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: 60

Duke’s Joey Loperfido (Aaron Fitt)

Duke returns eight players who logged at least 150 plate appearances from an offense that started slow last year but came on strong down the stretch. Look for this offense to be far more prolific than the unit that ranked 10th in the ACC in scoring in 2019. Murray, a first-team Freshman All-American a year ago, is the …

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