College Preview

2009 College Preview





RANKINGS/PREDICTIONS
Preseason Top 25
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Preseason Top 25 Capsules Link
Preseason Top 25 Chat Link
Predicted Field of 64 Link
FEATURES
Stephen Strasburg's path from undrafted high schooler to consensus No. 1 pick
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Texas A&M's players have a new attitude that's paying off in loftier expectations
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Long Island lefty James Jones has emerged as an intriguing prospect
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Kyle Heckathorn is helping put Kennesaw State on the Division-I map
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Jacksonville State's Ben Tootle has had to put his medical career plans on hold thanks to a summer in the Cape Cod League
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Indiana catcher Josh Phegley has proven himself as a hitter, now he has to do the same behind the plate
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Fresno State's Tommy Mendonca is no longer anonymous
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Louisville's Chris Dominguez turned down the Rockies as a fifth-rounder last year, but he expects bigger things this year
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We take an inside look at college baseball's building boom
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Robbie Shields is making a name for himself in Division II baseball
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PRESEASON AWARDS
The preseason All-American team listing with stats
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The preseason All-American team as selected by MLB scouting directors, with comments from scouts
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We rank the Top 50 Players In Each Class
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PREVIEWS
NAIA—Lewis Clark (Idaho) State should be tough again
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Junior College—Walters State (Tenn.) has the pitching and offense to contend
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Division II—Tampa will try to win its third title in four years
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Division III—What can Trinity do to follow up an amazing 2008?
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Big East—Louisville is the overwhelming favorite
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America East—Binghamton and Stony Brook should battle for the title
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Atlantic-10—Charlotte has quickly become the class of the league
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Ivy League—Princeton has a very senior-laden team
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Metro Atlantic Athletic—Mike McRae has quickly turned Canisius into a contender
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Northeast—After disappointing end to 2008, Monmouth looks to bounce back
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Patriot League—After taking lumps last year, Army's sophomores look ready to win
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Atlantic Coast Conference—ACC could send eight teams to the College World series
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Atlantic Sun—Stetson's the favorite to earn an NCAA bid, but they aren't the conference's best team
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Big South—Coastal Carolina should continue its league dominance
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Colonial Athletic Association—UNC Wilmington has an impressive pitching staff
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Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference—Bethune-Cookman has its sights set high
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Southern Conference—Elon lost a lot, but still could lead the league
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Southeastern Conference—As usual, it should be a dogfight in the SEC
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Conference USA—The conference as a whole is down, but Rice is still Rice
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Ohio Valley Conference—Led by Ben Tootle, Jacksonville State is the team to beat
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Southland Conference—Lamar, Texas-San Antonio will battle for the crown
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Southwestern Athletic Conference—As usual, Southern is the team to watch
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Sun Belt Conference—Coaching turnover abounds around the conference
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Big 12 Conference—As many as six teams have a legitimate chance to win the conference
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Big 10 Conference—Fresh off its first winning season in a while, Indiana could be even better this year
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Horizon League—Illinois-Chicago brings most everyone back from last year's conference champs
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Mid-American Conference—Kent State's the best, but after that, it's anyone's ball game
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Missouri Valley Conference—Draft losses leave Wichita State reeling
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Summit League—Oral Roberts should win the league, again
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Pac-10 Conference—Oregon rejoins the league while UCLA tries to bounce back
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Big West Conference—Cal State Fullerton should make national noise as usual
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Mountain West Conference—San Diego State has the nation's top player, but they aren't the favorite
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West Coast Conference—San Diego, Pepperdine should face off yet again
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Western Athletic Conference—What can Fresno State do for an encore?
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COLUMNS
What If? Jim Callis looks at how NFL-style draft rules would affect the All-American team
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John Manuel explains how even in college, success starts with the fastball
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Aaron Fitt's Three Strikes looks at which teams are unexpectedly out of the Top 25, and who should be in the running for the Golden Spikes
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