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6/28/2012 1:15:12 AM

beavos88
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http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/postseason/college-world-series/2012/2613617.html
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6/28/2012 1:20:06 AM

beavos88
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yeah that's conforto.
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/
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7/1/2012 6:05:38 PM

Dodger Matt
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Kendall Rogers . . . . . Aaron Fitt
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ARKANSAS . . . . . . . . ARKANSAS
MISSISSIPPI STATE. . . . MISSISSIPPI STATE
NORTH CAROLINA . . . . . NORTH CAROLINA
NORTH CAROLINA STATE . . NORTH CAROLINA STATE
OREGON STATE . . . . . . OREGON STATE
SOUTH CAROLINA . . . . . STANFORD
UCLA . . . . . . . . . . TEXAS CHRISTIAN
VANDERBILT . . . . . . . VANDERBILT
Heck, they both alphabetized their lists and ended up with the first five and eighth teams in the same sequence. The only difference between the two lists is the sixth and seventh teams.

Kendall's "Others to watch" teams include TCU, Oregon, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana State, Ole Miss, Cal State Fullerton, Pepperdine, Florida State, and Louisville.

Fitt lists Cal State Fullerton, Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi, Oregon, Rice, South Carolina, Texas as his next eight and Arizona, UCLA, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Pepperdine, San Diego, Southern Mississippi as his "sleepers".

It looks like SoCar, TCU, and UCLA are in that 7 to 10 range for both guys. Why Stanford doesn't even appear on Kendall's "to watch" list is a mild surprise. All the green teams are those on both "next in line" lists, and you can see a lot overlap there as well. The only teams not on both lists are in red.

I can't say much about the nonwestern teams, but I feel certain Oregon State is an Omaha-bound team for 2013, and I think UCLA and Stanford are also likely candidates. Arizona, ASU, and Oregon would be my Pac-12 "sleepers".
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7/1/2012 6:09:46 PM

Dodger Matt
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Just cuz I don't like skipping from one page to the next to see relevant prognostications about the Beavers, here are both analysts' summaries of Oregon State (serial commas added for clarity):

Kendall Rogers: The Beavers were just a couple of wins away this season from reaching an NCAA Super Regional, but fell short against a very good LSU club. Well, the Beavers should return to Omaha next season with the personnel coming back in 2013. OSU only hit .281 this past season, but should be improved with a lot of returning players being more experienced. Sophomore Michael Conforto, one of the nation's premier hitters, once again will lead the charge. Meanwhile, the Beavers also welcome back Tyler Smith, Danny Hayes, Jake Rodriguez, Ryan Barnes, Dylan Davis, and Kavin Keyes. Pitching is what will carry this OSU team, though. The Beavers welcome back a very good pitching staff, led by starting pitchers Jace Fry, Dan Child, and Ben Wetzler. Meanwhile, the bullpen also is in good shape with the likely return of Matt Boyd, a 13th rounder to the Cincinnati Reds, and the return of Tony Bryant, Scott Schultz, and Cole Brocker. The sky will be limit for these Beavers.

Aaron Fitt: Oregon State's last recruiting class ranked No. 7 in the nation, but perhaps only N.C. State's class made more of an impact this spring. Outfielder Michael Conforto instantly became one of the premier power hitters on the West Coast—or anywhere else—and lefthander Jace Fry lived up to his billing, leading the Beavers in ERA. The Beavers lost a pair of drafted regulars in Ryan Dunn and Ryan Gorton, but their other key everyday players are back, including breakout shortstop Tyler Smith, rifle-armed catcher Jake Rodriguez, and undrafted juniors Danny Hayes and Ryan Barnes. Dylan Davis should continue to refine his massive raw tools—both on the mound and at the plate—as a sophomore, and Kavin Keyes should bounce back from his lackluster sophomore year. If 13th-rounder Matt Boyd doesn't sign, the Beavers will have all of the key pieces back in a very deep pitching staff, including starters Ben Wetzler and Dan Child plus relievers Scott Schultz, Tony Bryant, and Cole Brocker. Lefthander Carlos Rodriguez and righty Riley Wilkerson should find more innings as sophomores and could be difference-makers. The wild card is perennially injured righty Adam Duke, who has flashed premium raw ability but has yet to blossom into a star.
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