On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks TCU Horned Frogs baseball with Branson Nelson of TCU 360.
After another trip to Omaha in 2017, TCU has now made four consecutive College World Series appearances. That puts them in rarified air among all college baseball programs. They may have come into the 2017 season as an odds-on favorite to get to the CWS, but it was anything but easy along the way. Slugger Luken Baker missed some time, Elliott Barzilli and Josh Watson struggled at the plate for periods of time, and Brian Howard had some tough starts along the way, to go along with various other bumps in the road. And yet, they ended up back in Omaha again.
Now, once again, the Frogs head into 2018 in good shape from a talent standpoint, and with what they’ve accomplished of late, it seems silly to doubt their chances of getting to the College World Series once again.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- The accomplishment of four straight CWS appearances
- The adversity faced by the 2017 team during the regular season
- The MVP of the 2017 team
- Nick Lodolo’s freshman season after coming to Ft. Worth with considerable hype
- The roster attrition due to graduation and the draft heading into 2018
- How the pitching staff roles will shake out in 2018
- The likelihood of a return trip to Omaha in 2018