Baseball America has 3 Pac-12 teams in the top 25- Oregon State 2, Oregon 11, UCLA 12.
Today they filled in more blanks.
In addition to UCLA, and the 2 Oregon schools, Baseball America projects both Arizona schools, Washington State, and $C as regional teams. They also cite Stanford as the country's biggest wild card.
So needless to say, this will be a tough conference again. UCLA gets Washington State, Arizona State, $C, Stanford, and Oregon at home. UCLA travels to Arizona and Oregon State, as well as to predicted non-contenders Cal, Utah, and Washington. The schedule sets up pretty nicely, all things considered. But every game starts 0-0 in the top of the 1st.
Oregon State's Michael Conforto is the projected player of the year. Pretty safe bet as the returning player of the year in 2013.
David Berg is the projected pitcher of the year. The quote in the preview is "He is college baseball's best closer." That is factually accurate. And yet he was listed as 2nd team all-american relief pitcher behind Louisville's closer in their preseason all-american team. I guess "best" means something other than best.
In terms of MLB draft projections, shortstop Kevin Kramer is listed as the 12th best prospect from the conference in the 2014 draft. Catcher Shane Zeile is listed as the 17th best prospect.
Looking ahead one year, sophomore starting pitcher James Kaprielian is listed as the top prospect from the Pac-12 for the 2015 draft. Starting pitcher Cody Poteet is listed as the 9th best prospect.
And Hunter Virant is listed as the 10th best prospect. Baseball America projects Hunter as a lefty set up pitcher this season, as he continues to recover from a stress fracture in his lower back (ouch). He only appeared in 5 games as a freshman, giving up no earned runs in 3.1 innings. So to be listed as the 10th best prospect would appear to be a testimony to his stuff when healthy.
Opening day is this Friday !! Go Bruins !!!