College Baseball Central 2017 Preseason Top 25

With first pitch of the 2017 college baseball season just around the corner, we’d like to present our preseason top 25 rankings.

Not surprisingly, the TCU Horned Frogs find themselves at the top heading into the season. With just about everyone returning to their lineup and more outstanding starting pitchers than they have available starting roles, they truly have the look of the most complete team in the country.

The next three teams in the rankings, Florida State, LSU, and Florida, are all bunched pretty closely to TCU, but all fall just short of the high bar set by the Horned Frogs. FSU has a loaded offense as well, but doesn’t quite have the high-end pitching talent or depth that the Frogs possess. LSU has a one-two rotation punch as good as just about any with Alex Lange and Jared Poche’, but they’ve got questions at the back end of the rotation and in the bullpen. Florida has top-end talent as good as any in the country, but they’re going to be leaning on some new faces in 2017, particularly in the lineup.

It’s also a big year in the preseason rankings for teams from the Carolinas, as there are six in the top 15, led by South Carolina at number six, followed by NC State ranked eighth, East Carolina ranked ninth, North Carolina coming in at ten, Coastal Carolina at 11, and Clemson rounding things out at 15. UNC-Wilmington gives the region seven teams total, as they check in at 24.

Perhaps the way things have shaped up this preseason also suggests that it could be a bounce back season for the west coast, as there are five teams combined from the Pac-12 and Big West ranked- Oregon State at 12, Cal State Fullerton at 14, Stanford at 19, Arizona at 22, and Long Beach State at 25- with one other, UC-Santa Barbara, just outside the rankings.

The conference breakdown of teams in the preseason top 25 is as follows:

ACC: 7
SEC: 4
Big 12: 3
Pac-12: 3
Big West: 2
American: 1
Big Ten: 1
Conference USA: 1
Colonial: 1

1. TCU Horned Frogs 

Last season: 49-18
Postseason: College World Series

2. Florida State Seminoles 

Last season: 41-22
Postseason: Super Regional

3. LSU Tigers

Last season: 45-21
Postseason: Super Regional

4. Florida Gators 

Last season: 52-16
Postseason: College World Series

5. Louisville Cardinals 

Last season: 50-14
Postseason: Super Regional

6. South Carolina Gamecocks

Last season: 46-18
Postseason: Super Regional

7. Vanderbilt Commodores 

Last season: 43-19
Postseason: Regional

8. North Carolina State Wolfpack

Last season: 38-22
Postseason: Regional

9. East Carolina Pirates

Last season: 38-23
Postseason: Super Regional

10. North Carolina Tar Heels

Last season: 34-21
Postseason: None

11. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 

Last season: 55-18
Postseason: National Champions

12. Oregon State Beavers

Last season: 35-19
Postseason: None

13. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns

Last season: 43-21
Postseason: Regional

14. Cal State Fullerton Titans

Last season: 36-23
Postseason: Regional

15. Clemson Tigers 

Last season: 44-20
Postseason: Regional

16. Oklahoma State Cowboys 

Last season: 43-22
Postseason: College World Series

17. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Last season: 47-20
Postseason: College World Series

18. Virginia Cavaliers 

Last season: 38-22
Postseason: Regional

19. Stanford Cardinal

Last season: 31-23
Postseason: None

20. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Last season: 37-22
Postseason: Regional

21. Miami Hurricanes

Last season: 50-14
Postseason: College World Series

22. Arizona Wildcats

Last season: 49-24
Postseason: College World Series

23. Rice Owls

Last season: 38-24
Postseason: Regional

24. UNC-Wilmington Seahawks

Last season: 41-19
Postseason: Regional

25. Long Beach State Dirtbags

Last season: 38-22
Postseason: Regional

Others Considered: Texas A&M, UC-Santa Barbara, Sam Houston State

About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in political science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.