Top 25 Breakdown: No. 23 North CarolinaSeason Preview
2019 Record: 46-19. RPI: 12.
Coach (Record at school): Mike Fox (936-399-1, 21 seasons).
Ballpark: Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium (4,100).
Postseason History: 32 regionals (active streak: 3), 11 CWS trips (last in 2018), 0 national titles.
More: Fall Report on North Carolina.
Schedule, Stats, Team News: Follow the Tar Heels all season long at our UNC Team Page.
North Carolina's Projected Lineup
|C||Kyle Smith, Fr.||HS — Wilmington, N.C.|
|1B||Aaron Sabato, So.||.343/.453/.696||18||63||0|
|2B||Mikey Madej, Jr.||Tr. — Northwest Florida State JC|
|3B||Clemente Inclan, Jr.||.227/.394/.273||0||4||2|
|SS||Danny Serretti, So.||.299/.373/.424||3||45||4|
|LF||Angel Zarate, R-So.||.100/.182/.100||0||0||0|
|CF||Dylan Harris, Sr.||.268/.397/.423||7||29||5|
|RF||Caleb Roberts, So.||.227/.374/.280||0||17||2|
|DH||Tyler Causey, Fr.||.186/.265/.233|
|SP #1||Gianluca Dalatri, R-Jr.||1-1||2.25||32||35||8||0|
|SP #2||Max Alba, R-Fr.||DNP — injured|
|SP #3||Will Sandy, So.||2-2||5.52||58.2||41||31||0|
|Closer||Joey Lancellotti, Jr.||6-4||3.12||52||56||29||3|
Grading The Tar Heels
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.
The Tar Heels return just three proven hitters from last year’s super regional team, so they’ll be counting on a number of former part-time players to take big steps forward and newcomers to hit the ground running. Harris, a dirtbag who always plays full throttle, excels at working deep counts (53 walks and 45 strikeouts last year), making him an excellent catalyst at or near the top of the lineup. Serretti and Sabato are …