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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

JUCO Top 25 Teams: April 25

Brian Sakowski        
Photo: Dianne Rose, SCC Sports Photographer

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Despite a good amount of movement in the middle and latter parts of the list, the top of the rankings this week didn't see any movement whatsoever, as Nos. 1-9 all stayed the same from a week ago, with each of those teams enjoying quality weeks overall. Chipola continues to reign supreme atop the list, with a sterling 40-8 record overall, highlighted by a 20-4 conference mark. Jones County stays right on their heels at No. 2, while LSU-Eunice, Chattahoochee Valley and McLennan round out the top 5. 

Santa Rosa and Santa Fe hold steady at Nos. 6 and 7 this week, respectively, as do Dyersburg State and Iowa Western immediately following them. A newcomer this week debuts at No. 10 in Sacramento City, a California JuCo that has made some serious noise on the West Coast this season, posting a 27-9 overall record along with a 17-4 record in conference. 

Aside from the newcomers, Crowder (Mo.) and Orange Coast (Calif.) were the biggest risers this week, as they each bumped up two spots a piece to Nos. 19 and 20, respectively. Wallace-Dothan (Ala.) makes their Top 25 debut this week at No. 23 with a record of 34-13 and an in-conference mark of 18-6. 

The regular seasons have just about wrapped up in several spots across the country, including Florida and Texas, so as these teams move forward into their respective postseasons, and ultimately moving towards the JuCo World Series, these rankings can become a good bit more fluid, so make sure to check back each week. 

Prospect Spotlight: Dyersburg State's Offense

Generally speaking, offensive numbers can be a bit inflated in Junior College baseball across the country, sometimes simply because the ballparks and locations may be tilted in the offense's favor. However, regardless of that little factoid, what Dyersburg State (currently No. 8 in the rankings) has done thus far this season with the bats needs to be recognized. They are hitting .368/.465/.574 as a team, good for a ridiculous team OPS of 1.039. For reference, in 2016, the individual OPS leaders in Major League Baseball were Daniel Murphy in the National League with a .985 mark and David Ortiz in the American League with an OPS of 1.021. So, and granted that JuCo baseball is not Major League Baseball, Dyersburg State as a team is out-OPS'ing the individual leaders of the MLB from 2016. 

Individually speaking, one could really just list Dyersburg State's entire lineup as one giant highlight of offensive production, but for the sake of this area of the writeup we'll just stick with a couple. Freshman Andrew Swanson leads the team in home runs (12), extra-base hits (26) and slugging percentage (.757), and he has an OPS of 1.254. Sophomore Bentley Jones is the team leader in batting average (.433) and has walked more than twice as many times as he's struck out all season (23:11 BB:K) to go along with 14 extra-base hits and quality defense. Again, this space could literally go on for 1,000-plus words speaking about the individual offensive accomplishments of the Dyersburg State roster, but the most impressive stat of all is the overall value the unit has as a whole. 

Rankings are based on games through Sunday, April 23.

Rk. Prev. Team ST Record Conf. 
1 1 Chipola FL 40-8 20-4
2 2 Jones County MS 36-2 18-2
3 3 LSU-Eunice LA 39-8 0-0
4 4 Chattahoochee Valley AL 38-9 20-4
5 5 McLennan TX 40-7 21-3
6 6 Santa Rosa CA 29-7 19-5
7 7 Santa Fe FL 36-11 19-5
8 8 Dyersburg State TN 40-4 21-1
9 9 Iowa Western IA 35-12 14-2
10 NR Sacramento City CA 27-9 17-4
11 11 Polk State FL 40-11 24-6
12 12 San Joaquin Delta CA 29-8 14-7
13 13 Connors State OK 36-10 8-4
14 14 Grayson TX 29-10 18-6
15 10 San Jacinto TX 31-15 21-6
16 16 San Mateo CA 31-6 16-2
17 17 Johnson County KS 40-10 25-7
18 18 Walters State TN 38-11 14-7
19 21 Crowder MO 41-10 0-0
20 22 Orange Coast CA 29-8 14-4
21 19 Harford MD 36-7-1 22-1-1
22 15 Odessa TX 36-11 21-7
23 NR Wallace-Dothan AL 34-13 18-6
24 20 El Camino CA 33-4 17-2
25 23 Wallace State AL 37-9 15-5

Dropped out: Murray State (24), Palm Beach State (25).

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