Andrew Calica, UCSB

UCSB's Andrew Calica


Top 100 Programs: 51-60

From time to time, it’s a good idea to step back from the day-to-day grind of college baseball and examine the bigger picture. The landscape of the sport has shifted in a huge way over the last decade, and many of the programs at the top of the college baseball world now were complete non-factors just 10 or 15 years ago.

So here is our attempt to rank the Top 100 College Baseball Programs of the current era. This exercise is not intended to predict how teams will fare in the 2016 season, so we won’t spend time evaluating the players currently in each program. Instead, we are assessing the overall health of the program, based on recent history, coaching staff quality, facilities, scholarship/financial aid situation, conference dynamics, and recruiting and player development proficiency.

For the purpose of this exercise, we don’t care what happened in the 1970s or 80s, or even the 90s — that’s ancient history to a potential recruit in 2015. Tradition is nice, but it’s more important to establish a tradition of consistent winning in the last decade, and especially in the last five years. Our ultimate goal here is to identify the programs in the best shape right now, with an eye toward the next five to 10 years.

SEE ALSO: Teams 91-100
SEE ALSO: Teams 81-90
SEE ALSO: Teams 71-80
SEE ALSO: Teams 61-70

60. Connecticut

UConn Huskies logoSince breaking through to regionals in 2010 for the first time since 1994, UConn has established itself as the best program in New England. After hosting a regional in 2010, the Huskies took another huge step in 2011, winning the Clemson Regional and finishing with 45 victories. In 2013, they got hot at the right time and won the Big East Tournament to return to the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years. This program has produced elite talent (led by George Springer and Matt Barnes) under head coach Jim Penders, and is good enough to compete regularly for regional berths as the northernmost school in the American Athletic Conference. In fact, the switch to a stronger RPI conference should open more avenues for UConn to make regionals.

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