College baseball 2023 will begin in about two months so this is a way-to-early attempt at naming the Top 25 teams in the country. But that is not stopping me. Let’s get the ball rolling with :
College Baseball 2023- #24
Texas will be different in 2023 with Player of the Year Ivan Melendez gone. His bat took them everywhere. But head coach David Pierce has hit the recruiting trail and transfer portal very hard in the off-season. The Longhorns will be as talented as any team in the Big 12 this year. One concern is the health of pitcher Tanner Witt, who underwent Tommy John surgery.
Lefty Lucas Gordon figure to be a rotation guy and be a top producers along with Andre Duplantier II, Luke Harrison and Lebarron Johnson Jr. helping him out.
Returning to the fold is OF Dylan Campbell, 2B Mitchell Daly, RP Andre Duplantier II, SP Lucas Gordon, RP Luke Harrison, OF Eric Kennedy, SP Tanner Witt.
However, it is what they lost that is a bigger concern with that being:
C Silas Ardoin, SS Trey Faltine, SP Pete Hansen, OF Douglas Hodo III, 1B Ivan Melendez, 3B Skyler Messinger, RP Aaron Nixon, OF Murphy Stehly, SP Tristan Stevens, RP Joshua Stewart, OF Austin Todd
Projected key newcomers: OF Max Belyeu (No. 168), OF Porter Brown (TCU), SS Jalin Flores (No. 89), RHP Pierce George (No. 439), C Garret Guillemette (Southern California), RHP Charlie Hurley (Southern California), RHP Heston Tole (Arkansas).
Texas outfielder Eric Kennedy will return to the outfield in 2023 for the Longhorns.
The season begins on February 17 at Globe Life Field to play Arkansas on Friday, followed by Missouri on Saturday, the 18th and concludes on Sunday with powerhouse Vanderbilt.
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