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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Conference Preview: SWAC

Greg Gerard        
Photo: Alabama State Athletics

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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 Alabama State* 31 25 18 6
2 Jackson State 38 17 20 4
3 Alabama A&M 12 45 9 15
4 Alcorn State 12 33 7 17
5 Mississippi Valley St. 7 34 6 18


No. Team W L W L
1 Texas Southern 20 34 14 10
2 Grambling State 22 30 15 9
3 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 15 31 10 14
4 Prairie View A&M 20 37 11 13
5 Southern 17 27 10 14

Preseason All-Conference Team

Pos. Name Class School Stats/Notes
C Hunter Allen Sr. Alabama State .246-3-23; physical, polished defender
1B John Pope Sr. Southern .339-8-43; power bat, team batting leader
2B Guadencio Lucca R-Sr. Texas Southern .314-6-29; leadoff bat, sparkplug w/ adv. appr. 
SS Marshawn Taylor R-Jr. Grambling State .402-0-38; clean SS actions, 2017 SWAC POY             
3B Ray Hernandez Sr. Alabama State .275-7-48; strong frame w/ big arm across IF
OF Cage Cox So. Alabama State .350-7-45; strike zone discipline, 2017 FR AA
OF Keanu Van Kuren Jr. Texas Southern
.324-5-29; impact transfer, top-notch D', arm
OF Joseph Estrada Sr. Alabama State .276-11-33; leadoff hitter with pop, good arm
DH Jesus Santana Sr. Jackson State .288-10-65; power LH swing, dangerous bat
UT Gustavo Rios Sr. Alabama State .332-10-50; raw hit tool, power threat
SP Darrien Williams  Sr. Prairie View A&M 4.41, 67.1, 63:47; experienced RHP 
SP Mark Watson Sr. Jackson State 2.63, 41, 47:25; FB up to 93, good SL
SP Mason Furlong  Jr. Texas Southern   3.52, 30.2, 20:7; mixes speeds, proj. 6-7 frame
SP Seth Oliver Sr. Texas Southern 5.25, 85.2, 69:49; FB up to 93, ultra physical build
RP Michael Villanueva So. Texas Southern 5.66, 70, 63:59; 8 wins last year, sharp 12-6 CB

Player of the Year: Cage Cox, of, Alabama State
Pitcher of the Year: Darrien Williams, rhp, Prairie View A&M
Freshman of the Year: Jacob Gilbreath, rhp/c, Texas Southern

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