On this edition of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy is joined by Chris Webb of Ten Innings, the foremost voice covering Big Ten Baseball.
The Big Ten has enjoyed quite the run over the last half-decade. With what Indiana accomplished in getting to Omaha and earning a national seed and with what the entire league has accomplished in becoming a conference that annually puts multiple teams into the postseason, there’s no doubting that the league has arrived as a player on the national stage.
At the same time, the bottom of the league has gotten better. No longer are there any programs traditionally found at the bottom of the standings that just really aren’t committed to baseball. With some of the recent facilities renovations and coaching hires across the league, everyone is bought in, and that’s a huge part of what has made the conference so competitive of late.
Heading into 2018, it’s going to be another year just like the last few. Indiana, at least by our rankings, is the favorite to win the league, but there are legitimately at least four teams that you could reasonably consider favorites, and going into the season, there’s just an expectation that there will be at least a handful of teams from the Big Ten in regionals come June.
In this conference preview, Joe and Chris work their way through all 13 teams in the league, discussing each team’s outlook in depth, talking about which teams will be in the mix for the conference title, which teams have a bounce back season in store, and much more.
Thanks for listening, everyone!