Top 25 Breakdown: No. 8 Kentucky

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2017 Record: 43-23. RPI: 9.
Coach (Record at school): Nick Mingione (43-23, 1 year).
Ballpark: Cliff Hagan Stadium (Capacity: 3,000).
Postseason History: 7 regionals (active streak: 1), 0 CWS trips, 0 national titles.
More: Fall Report on Kentucky

Kentucky's Projected Lineup

Pos.Name, Yr.AVG/OBP/SLGHRRBISB
CTroy Squires, Sr..305/.427/.3911265
1BKole Cottam, Jr..319/.380/.5057440
2BLuke Becker, Sr..287/.422/.4677467
3BLuke Heyer, Sr..262/.342/.4923131
SSTrey Dawson, Jr.Tr.—Chipola (Fla.) JC
LFTristan Pompey, Jr..361/.464/.54110459
CFBen Aklinski, Jr.Tr.—Phoenix (Ariz.) JC
RFRyan Johnson, Jr.Tr.—San Jacinto (Texas) JC
DHT.J. Collett, So..087/.192/.217260
Pos.Name, Yr.W-LERAIPSOBBSV
RHPSean Hjelle, Jr.11-43.89108.2102330
RHPJustin Lewis, Jr.6-43.569172270
LHPZack Thompson, So.8-33.4575.296381
RPChris Machamer, So.2-03.183439141


Grading The Wildcats

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.

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