Top 25 Breakdown: No. 8 AuburnSeason Preview
2019 Record: 38-28. RPI: 19.
Coach (Record at school): Butch Thompson (141-104 in 4 seasons)
Ballpark: Plainsman Park (4,100)
Postseason History: 22 regionals (active streak: 3), 5 CWS trips (active streak: 1).
More: Fall Report on Auburn
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Auburn's Projected Lineup
|C||Matt Scheffler, Sr.||.260/.331/.342||2||28||5|
|1B||Rankin Woley, Sr.||.277/.336/.387||3||45||2|
|2B||Garrett Farquhar, Jr.||Tr. — Shelton State (Ala.) JC|
|3B||Brody Moore, So.||.333/.379/.444||0||4||0|
|SS||Ryan Bliss, So.||.281/.367/.369||3||37||11|
|LF||Judd Ward, Jr.||.272/.377/.393||5||34||5|
|CF||Kason Howell, So.||.262/.340/.307||0||28||14|
|RF||Steven Williams, Jr.||.247/.355/.413||9||36||3|
|DH||Conor Davis, Sr.||.290/.351/.448||8||36||2|
|SP #1||Tanner Burns, Jr.||4-4||2.82||79.2||101||23||0|
|SP #2||Jack Owen, Jr.||4-2||2.75||68.2||59||14||0|
|SP #3||Bailey Horn, Jr.||4-2||5.97||37.2||31||20||0|
|Closer||Cody Greenhill, Jr.||2-3||3.45||57.1||44||18||12|
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.
Auburn’s offense under-performed for much of last season, finishing ninth in the SEC in batting and 10th in scoring. But seven everyday regulars are back in the fold, and there’s reason to believe many of them will take steps forward with another year of experience under their belts. It might not be a flashy offense, but Auburn figures to get plenty of competitive at-bats up and down the lineup. The Tigers have …