Top 25 Breakdown: No. 15 DukeSeason 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.
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Duke's Projected Lineup
|C||Michael Rothenberg, Jr.||.269/.390/.481||11||52||3|
|1B||Chris Crabtree, Jr.||.263/.356/.394||3||32||7|
|2B||Grant Norris, Fr.||HS — Somerset, Pa.|
|3B||Erikson Nichols, Sr.||.255/.325/.318||2||38||2|
|SS||Ethan Murray, So.||.305/.391/.445||5||40||6|
|LF||Rudy Maxwell, So.||.257/.353/.439||4||21||4|
|CF||Chase Cheek, Sr.||.293/.380/.403||1||24||20|
|RF||Joey Loperfido, Jr.||.261/.361/.389||4||18||8|
|DH||Matt Mervis, Sr.||.274/.357/.421||6||31||2|
|SP #1||Bryce Jarvis, Jr.||5-2||3.81||75.2||94||37||1|
|SP #2||Cooper Stinson, So.||1-4||5.47||54.1||78||43||1|
|SP #3||Henry Williams, Fr.||HS — Darien, Conn.|
|Closer||Thomas Girard, Jr.||1-5||2.33||46.1||61||18||9|
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.
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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