Top 25 Breakdown: No. 16 LSUSeason Preview
2017 Record: 52-20. RPI: 4.
Coach (Record at school): Paul Mainieri (512-202-3 in 12 seasons)
Ballpark: Alex Box Stadium (10,500)
Postseason History: 30 Regionals (active streak: 6), 18 CWS trips (Last: 2017), National Titles: 6 — 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009).
More: Fall Report on LSU
LSU's Projected Lineup
|C||Hunter Feduccia, Jr.||Transfer--LSU-Eunice|
|1B||Bryce Jordan, Jr.||DNP--Medical Redshirt in 2017|
|2B||Hal Hughes, Fr.||Freshman--Norman, Okla. (North)|
|3B||Jake Slaughter, So.||.257/.358/.351||3||26||2|
|SS||Josh Smith, So.||.281/.407/.409||5||48||5|
|LF||Daniel Cabrera, Fr.||Freshman--Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist)|
|CF||Zach Watson, So.||.317/.376/.507||9||37||12|
|RF||Antoine Duplantis, Jr.||.316/.358/.400||2||61||19|
|DH||Nick Webre, Fr.||Freshman--Youngsville, La. (Teurlings Catholic)|
|RHP||Caleb Gilbert, Jr.||7-1||2.16||58.1||67||12||3|
|RHP||Zack Hess, So.||7-1||3.12||60.2||83||30||4|
|RHP||Todd Peterson, So.||3-1||4.19||34.1||21||16||0|
|RP||Ma'Khail Hilliard, Fr.||Freshman--Central, La. (HS)|
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.