Top 25 Breakdown: No. 22 Oklahoma StateSeason Preview
2019 Record: 40-21. RPI: 7.
Coach (Record at school): Josh Holliday (271-133-1, 7 seasons).
Ballpark: O’Brate Stadium (Capacity: 3,500).
Postseason History: 45 regionals (active streak: 7), 20 CWS trips (last in 2016), 1 national title (1959).
More: Fall Report on Oklahoma State.
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Oklahoma State's Projected Lineup
|C||*Brock Mathis, Jr.||.164/.291/.287||3||12||0|
|1B||Alix Garcia, Sr.||.294/.388/.485||8||25||0|
|2B||Kaden Polcovich, Jr.||Tr. — Northwest Florida State JC|
|3B||Jake Thompson, Jr.||DNP — transfer rule|
|SS||Hueston Morrill, So.||.282/.390/.386||2||20||12|
|LF||Carson McCusker, Sr.||.311/.383/.520||6||40||2|
|CF||Caeden Trenkle, Fr.||HS — Hillsboro, Texas|
|RF||Cade Cabbiness, Sr.||.234/.307/.406||8||27||4|
|DH||Blake Robertson, Fr.||HS — Edmond, Okla.|
|*Stats at LSU|
|SP #1||Parker Scott, Jr.||3-1||2.18||45.1||51||14||0|
|SP #2||Bryce Osmond, Fr.||HS — Jenks, Okla.|
|SP #3||Justin Campbell, Fr.||HS — Simi Valley, Calif.|
|Closer||Ben Leeper, Sr.||4-4||4.21||31.1||43||23||7|
Grading The Cowboys
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.
Oklahoma State ranked 145th in the nation in batting and 87th in scoring last year, despite ranking fourth in the country with 93 home runs. It was an all-or-nothing approach, as OSU also struck out a whopping 652 times, against 293 walks. But the Cowboys replaced some of their big boppers with more contact-oriented slashers, which could change the complexion of the offense; this group figures to be more versatile and better at putting the ball in play consistently. …