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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Conference Preview: SoCon

Vincent Cervino        
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Predicted Order of Finish

Overall/conference win-loss records from 2017 indicated | * Denotes projected conference automatic bid

No. Team W L W L
1 Mercer* 39 17 17 6
2 UNC Greensboro 36 24 14 10
3 Samford
33 26 11 13
4 Western Carolina  28 28 15 8
5 Furman 33 28 14 10
6 East Tennessee State 30 29 9 15
7 VMI 24 34 7 17
8 Wofford
28 30 13 11
9 The Citadel 16 35 7 17

Preseason All-Conference Team

Pos. Name Class School Stats/Notes
C J.T. Thomas Sr. Mercer .357-12-62; POY fave, big pull side pop, lots of XBH
1B Austin Edens Sr. Samford .286-9-40; all-time school HR leader, pop to all fields
MIF Cameron Blaquiere Sr. Western Carolina .267-7-32; strong def., good arm, adv. BR instincts
MIF Chris Cook
Sr. ETSU .350-10-42;  two-way pot., high avg., good athlete
3B Caleb Webster So. UNC-Greensboro .383-1-40; high avg. approach, + def., developing pop
OF Jabari Richards Jr. Furman .304-6-30; lots of tools, + ath., good foot/bat speed
OF Andrew Moritz Jr. UNC-Greensboro .392-3-38; + defender, elite contact skills, 16 SB in '17
OF Bradley McClain Sr. Wofford .365-8-35; Sr. performer, fast twitch, 17 SB in '17
DH Brandon Elmy Sr. Furman .341-11-49; led team in SLG in '17, physical w/ str.
UT Jonathan Sabo Sr. The Citadel .299-10-31; touches 92, good defender w/ feel to hit
SP Austin Cox Jr. Mercer 5.69, 68 IP, 91:31; up to 95, + CB, physical frame
SP Josh Winder Jr. VMI 3.59, 107.2 IP, 112:19; #1 prospect, cmd, deep arsenal
SP Ryan Simpler Sr. ETSU 3.99, 90.1 IP, 96:26; workhorse, good cmd, solid CH
SP Adam Scott Sr. Wofford 4.92, 93.1 IP, 108:24; 6-5 LHP, strikeout stuff
RP Robert Broom Jr. Mercer 2.04, 61.2 IP, 82:23; fireman, submarine slot, will close

Player of the Year: J.T. Thomas, c, Mercer
Pitcher of the Year: Josh Winder, rhp, VMI
Freshman of the Year: R.J. Yeager, ss, Mercer

Top Prospects

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