Top 25 Breakdown: No. 19 VirginiaSeason Preview
2017 Record: 43-16. RPI: 16.
Coach (Record at school): Brian O’Connor (639-239-2 in 14 seasons)
Ballpark: Davenport Field (6,000)
Postseason History: 17 Regionals (active streak: 14), 4 CWS trips (Last: 2015), National Titles: 1 (2015).
More: Fall Report on Virginia
Virginia's Projected Lineup
|C||Caleb Knight, Sr.||.301/.474/.469||4||20||0|
|1B||Nate Eikhoff, Jr.||.278/.336/.357||1||15||1|
|2B||Andy Weber, Jr.||.278/.349/.396||2||43||0|
|3B||Justin Novak, Sr.||.295/.377/.388||1||14||3|
|SS||Cayman Richardson, So.||.231/.302/.282||0||11||0|
|LF||Charlie Cody, Sr.||.254/.407/.507||4||16||0|
|CF||Jake McCarthy, Jr.||.338/.425/.506||5||36||27|
|RF||Cameron Simmons, Jr.||.352/.432/.563||9||57||9|
|DH||Devin Ortiz, Fr.||Freshman--Nutley, N.J. (St. Joseph Regional)|
|LHP||Daniel Lynch, Jr.||7-5||5.00||77.1||45||29||0|
|RHP||Derek Casey, Sr.||5-2||3.79||71.1||58||15||0|
|RHP||Evan Sperling, Jr.||3-3||7.51||38.1||44||30||0|
|RP||Chesdin Harrington, Jr.||3-2||2.41||37.1||38||12||0|
Grading The Cavaliers
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.