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MSU projected to finish 2nd in SEC West, Ole Miss 6th

Rowdey Jordan. Photo by News Mississippi

College baseball season begins one week from today.

Ahead of the 2020 season, Vanderbilt has been projected to repeat as SEC champions following a vote by the conference’s coaches. The Commodores received 8 of the 14 votes. Mississippi State got one of the remaining votes with Arkansas, Auburn and Georgia also getting one and Florida receiving two votes.

* Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team

In the SEC West, the Bulldogs are projected to finish in 2nd – behind Arkansas. Ole Miss was picked to finish 6th in the West.

2020 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll

    • Eastern Division
      1. Vanderbilt (9)
      2. Florida (3)
      3. Georgia (2)
      4. Tennessee
      5. South Carolina
      6. Missouri
      7. Kentucky
  • Western Division
    1. Arkansas (5)
    2. Mississippi State (4)
    T3. Auburn (2)
    T3. LSU (3)
    5. Texas A&M
    6. Ole Miss
    7. Alabama

The coaches also selected All-SEC teams with Mississippi State and Vanderbilt leading the way with five selections.

2020 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team

    • First Team
      C: Casey Opitz, Arkansas
      1B: Cade Beloso, LSU*
      1B: T.J. Collett, Kentucky*
      2B: Justin Foscue, Mississippi State
      3B: Austin Martin, Vanderbilt
      SS: Casey Martin, Arkansas
      OF: Daniel Cabrera, LSU
      OF: Alerick Soularie, Tennessee
      OF: Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
      DH/UTL: Matt Goodheart, Arkansas
      SP: Emerson Hancock, Georgia
      SP: Asa Lacy, Texas A&M
      RP: Tyler Brown, Vanderbilt
  • Second Team
    C: Ty Duvall, Vanderbilt
    1B: Josh Hatcher, Mississippi State*
    1B: Rankin Woley, Auburn*
    2B: Noah Campbell, South Carolina*
    2B: Harrison Ray, Vanderbilt*
    2B: Riley King, Georgia*
    3B: Tyler Keenan, Ole Miss
    SS: Jordan Westburg, Mississippi State
    OF: Jud Fabian, Florida
    OF: Tyler Gentry, Alabama
    OF: Rowdey Jordan, Mississippi State*
    OF: Zach DeLoach, Texas A&M*
    DH/UTL: Tanner Allen, Mississippi State
    SP: Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt
    SP: Tanner Burns, Auburn
    RP: Cody Greenhill, Auburn

Mississippi State opens its season at home with a 3-game series against Wright State on the 14th. Ole Miss welcomes #1 Louisville to Oxford.

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