Top 25 Breakdown: No. 18 Wake ForestSeason Preview
2019 Record: 31-26. RPI: 53.
Coach (Record at school): Tom Walter (295-276, 10 seasons).
Ballpark: David F. Couch Ballpark (Capacity: 3,823).
Postseason History: 13 regionals (last in 2017), 2 CWS trips (last in 1955), 1 national title (1955).
More: Fall Report on Wake Forest.
Schedule, Stats, Team News: Follow the Demon Deacons all season long at our Wake Forest Team Page.
Wake Forest's Projected Lineup
|C||Brendan Tinsman, So.||.265/.326/.529||10||41||0|
|1B||Bobby Seymour, Jr.||.377/.439/.576||9||92||3|
|2B||DJ Poteet, Jr.||.199/.317/.318||5||23||4|
|3B||*Will Simoneit, R-Sr.||.299/.357/.493||6||19||6|
|SS||Michael Turconi, So.||.273/.379/.349||2||24||4|
|LF||Christian Long, Sr.||.162/.244/.216||0||2||0|
|CF||Michael Ludowig, Jr.||.300/.405/.405||3||30||6|
|RF||Chris Lanzilli, Jr.||.347/.409/.620||16||67||3|
|DH||Shane Muntz, Jr.||.313/.477/.674||14||40||0|
|*Stats at Cornell|
|SP #1||Jared Shuster, Jr.||4-4||6.49||68||94||37||0|
|SP #2||Ryan Cusick, So.||7-3||6.44||65.2||55||29||0|
|SP #3||Will Fleming, Jr.||1-4||4.26||44.1||31||19||9|
|Closer||Shane Smith, R-Fr.||DNP — medical redshirt|
Grading The Demon Deacons
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.
Wake Forest didn’t live up to last season’s No. 20 preseason ranking — but it wasn’t because of the offense. The Deacs actually exceeded our robust expectations offensively, leading the ACC and ranking 12th nationally in scoring. With seven experienced and talented regulars back in the fold, the Demon Deacons have a very real chance to be the best offensive club in college baseball in 2020. Leading the way is reigning ACC Player of the Year Seymour, a strong-bodied lefthanded hit machine who led the nation with a ridiculous 92 RBIs last year. …