|HOW THEY’LL FINISH|
|Oregon State (6)||18||12||40||20|
|*2012 conference champion.|
Teams in bold are 2012 NCAA tournament participants. Teams are listed in predicted order of finish. Records listed are from 2012 season.Projected NCAA Teams (8): Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, California.Conference Schedule: 30 games; begins March 15.Conference Tournament: None.Player of the Year: Michael Conforto, of, Oregon State.Pitcher of the Year: Mark Appel, rhp, Stanford.
|TOP PROSPECTS, 2013 DRAFT|
|1.||Mark Appel, rhp, Stanford|
|2.||Austin Wilson, of, Stanford|
|3.||Trevor Williams, rhp, Arizona State|
|4.||A.J. Vanegas, rhp, Stanford|
|5.||Brian Ragira, 1b, Stanford|
|6.||Konner Wade, rhp, Arizona|
|7.||Ben Wetzler, lhp, Oregon State|
|8.||Andrew Knapp, c, California|
|9.||Adam Plutko, rhp, UCLA|
|10.||Dan Child, rhp, Oregon State|
|11.||Jimmie Sherfy, rhp, Oregon|
|12.||Ryon Healy, 1b, Oregon|
|13.||Adam Nelubowich, 3b, Washington State|
|14.||Austin Voth, rhp, Washington|
|15.||Lonnie Kauppila, ss, Stanford|
|TOP PROSPECTS, 2014 DRAFT|
|1.||Alex Blandino, 3b, Stanford|
|2.||Michael Conforto, of, Oregon State|
|3.||Adam McCreery, lhp, Arizona State|
|4.||Jace Fry, lhp, Oregon State|
|5.||Jake Reed, rhp, Oregon|
|6.||Dominic Jose, of, Stanford|
|7.||Eric Filia-Snyder, of, UCLA|
|8.||Riley Moore, c, Arizona|
|9.||Trevor Mitsui, 1b, Washington|
|10.||Wyatt Strahan, rhp, Southern California|
|1.||Freddy Avis, rhp, Stanford (HS—Atherton, Calif.)|
|2.||James Kaprielian, rhp, UCLA (HS—Irvine, Calif.)|
|3.||Hunter Virant, lhp, UCLA (HS—Camarillo, Calif.)|
|4.||Kyle Twomey, lhp, Southern California (HS—Placentia, Calif.)|
|5.||Jackson Willeford, 2b/of, Arizona (HS—Ramona, Calif.)|
|6.||Cole Irvin, lhp, Oregon (HS—Anaheim)|
|7.||Cody Poteet, rhp, UCLA (HS—El Cajon, Calif.)|
|8.||Ryan Burr, rhp, Arizona State (HS—Highlands Ranch, Calif.)|
|9.||Braden Bishop, of, Washington (HS’š Mountain View, Calif.)|
|10.||Ty Moore, of, UCLA (HS—Santa Ana, Calif.)|
|11.||Daniel Starwalt, rhp, Stanford (HS—El Cajon, Calif.)|
|12.||Austin Barr, c, Stanford (HS—Camas, Wash.)|
|13.||Timmy Robinson, of, Southern California (HS—Huntington Beach, Calif.)|
|14.||Brett Lilek, lhp, Arizona State (HS—Chicago Heights, Ill.)|
|15.||Kevin Newman, ss, Arizona (HS—Poway, Calif.)|
Best Pure Hitter—Michael Conforto, Oregon State. Best Power Hitter—Austin Wilson, Stanford. Best Strike-Zone Discipline—Johnny Field, Arizona. Best Athlete—Wilson. Fastest Runner—Connor Hofmann, Oregon. Best Baserunner—Aaron Payne, Oregon.
Best Defensive C—Riley Moore, Arizona. Catcher/Best Arm—Max Rossiter, Arizona State. Best Defensive 1B—Brian Ragira, Stanford. Best Defensive 2B—Kevin Williams, UCLA. Best Defensive 3B—Alex Blandino, Stanford. Best Defensive SS—J.J. Altobelli, Oregon. Best Infield Arm—Trace Tam-Sing, Washington State. Best Defensive OF—Kasey Coffman, Arizona State. Best OF Arm—Austin Wilson, Stanford.
Best Fastball—Mark Appel, Stanford. Best Breaking Ball—Jimmie Sherfy, Oregon. Best Changeup—Adam Plutko, UCLA. Best Control—Trevor Williams, Arizona State.
• California and Washington State can also entertain regional ambitions, though both teams have more questions to answer. The Golden Bears still lack exceptional pitching depth, but two returning weekend starters provide stability: Sr. LHP Justin Jones (4-9, 4.57) is a wily veteran who has spent his entire career in the rotation, and Jr. LHP Michael Theofanopoulos (3-5, 5.04) evokes former UCLA star Rob Rasmussen for his compact frame and sharp breaking ball. The Bears’ offense is built around Jr. C Andrew Knapp (.265/.347/.412), who has shown power from both sides of the plate over the last two summers in the Northwoods and Cape Cod leagues, prompting MLB scouting directors to vote him a first-team preseason All-American. He has athleticism and arm strength behind the plate, and he finally gets to prove himself as an everyday catcher now that Chadd Krist is gone. Derek Campbell and Chris Paul provide more athleticism up the middle, but both must improve their offensive production. In fact, with five of last year’s top six hitters gone from the everyday lineup, Cal needs a lot more production from a raft of players.
• Washington State took its lumps last year with a very young pitching staff, but it could be rewarded for throwing its young arms into the fire last year, because the Cougars’ three projected sophomore weekend starters are uncommonly experienced: They logged a combined 26 starts and 191 innings as freshmen. Deceptive So. LHP Joe Pistorese (4-3, 2.44) can bump 90 and has good feel for pitching, giving the staff a solid anchor. Towering So. RHPs Tanner Chleborad (4-3, 4.24) and Scott Simon (2-3, 4.09) both made jumps during the offseason, giving the Cougars the confidence to move Jr. RHP J.D. Leckenby (4-7, 4.50) from the rotation into the closer role, where he could thrive with a power sinker that reaches 94 and a good changeup. The offense is built around a pair of toolsy lefthanded-hitting juniors in OFs Jason Monda (.275/.369/.363) and Adam Nelubowich (.254/.310/.381). Both have made names for themselves in the Cape League over the last two summers, and now they need their production to match their potential.
• Southern California and Utah face uphill battles to contend for regionals in the loaded Pac-12. Utah could struggle to score runs with a lineup that could feature seven newcomers, but its all-senior rotation of RHPs Brock Duke, Chase Rezac and Joe Pond should at least keep it competitive. The Utes also have more team speed than they’ve had in the Bill Kinneberg era, and they will rely on it to manufacture offense.
• USC’s strength looks to be its pair of talented So. RHPs atop the rotation: Wyatt Strahan (3-3, 1.37) and Nigel Nootbaar (1-3, 3.31) will be counted upon to shoulder much greater loads after spending last year primarily in the bullpen. Both of them flash plus fastballs and swing-and-miss breaking balls (a slider for Strahan, a curve for Nootbaar). Jr. RHP Bobby Wheatley (1-0, 3.46) looks like the front-runner for the No. 3 starter job, but heralded Fr. LHP Kyle Twomey could push him. The Trojans lack pitching depth, however, and the lineup remains short on firepower. USC also will be without head coach Frank Cruz—whose two Trojans teams are 48-63—after he was suspended while the school investigates possible NCAA rules violations. Assistant Dan Hubbs will lead the program during Cruz’s suspension.