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College  | Rankings  | 1/8/2020

2020 Preseason College Top 25

Patrick Ebert      Mike Rooney     
Photo: Reid Detmers (Louisville Athletics)

Preseason All-American Team

Now that the Preseaseon All-America teams and the Top 25 have been released we are officially locked in for the 2020 college baseball season. Similar to past years Perfect Game will help guide you through the preseason with player and teams rankings, individual conference previews as well as breakdowns of the JUCO, NAIA, Division II and Division III levels of the game.

While that’s yet to come the Top 25 ranking is upon us and starting with the No. 1 team there were several teams in the discussion for the top spot. It ultimately came down to Louisville, a team that reloads from year to year as well, if not better, than any other program in the nation. And that isn’t to say they have much reloading to do with a very talented and deep roster that includes First Team All-American starter Reid Detmers as well as 2019 Freshman All-American Alex Binelas.

We will have more on the No. 1 Louisville on Thursday.

The defending national champions, Vanderbilt, begin the year as the second-ranked team. For as much talent as they’re returning to their pitching staff, including last year’s CWS Most Outstanding Player in now-sophomore Kumar Rocker, two-thirds of the everyday lineup will be brand new.

The Commodores have a lot of parallels to Oregon State from a year ago, another team that was coming off of a national championship with a new-look lineup. And similar to the Beavers, who had the eventual No. 1 overall draft pick and Golden Spikes Award recipient in Adley Rutschman returning to the lineup, infielder Austin Martin, currently the No. 1 overall prospect for the 2020 MLB Draft, will be doing the same for the Vandy Boys.

Six of the eight teams (No. 1 Louisville, No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 4 Arkansas, No. 6 Auburn and No. 8 Mississippi State) that played in the 2019 College World Series are ranked in the Top 10, and the other two – No. 12 Michigan and No. 14 Florida State – are also ranked to open the year.

We will have more detailed breakdowns of each of the Top 25 teams as part of our robust 2020 college baseball preview content. Stay tuned to Perfect Game between now and the beginning of the regular season for these features as they’re released.

Breakdown by conference:

SEC: 9 teams (Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, LSU, Texas A&M)
ACC: 7 teams (Louisville, Miami, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia)
Big 12: 4 teams (Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas)
Pac-12: 3 teams (Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford)
Big Ten: 1 team (Michigan)
American Athletic: 1 team (East Carolina)

Similar to past years we will update the Top 25 team rankings every Monday morning during the regular season. Stay tuned to Perfect Game and be sure to Like Perfect Game's College Baseball page on Facebook and follow PG on Twitter for all of the latest information:

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 Rk Team '19 Record '19 Rk
2019 Finish
1 Louisville 51-18 4 College World Series
2 Vanderbilt 59-12 1 College World Series Champions
3 Texas Tech 46-20 5 College World Series
4 Arkansas 46-20 6 College World Series
5 Arizona State 38-19 NR Baton Rouge Regional
6 Auburn 38-28 9 College World Series
7 Miami 41-20 23 Starkville Regional
8 Mississippi State 52-15 3 College World Series
9 UCLA 52-11 7 Los Angeles Super Regional
10 Georgia 46-17 14
Athens Regional
11 Duke 35-27 18 Nashville Super Regional
12 Michigan 50-22 2
College World Series Runner-up
13 Florida 34-26 NR Lubbock Regional
14 Florida State 42-23 8 College World Series
15 Stanford 45-14 10 Starkville Super Regional
16 Oklahoma 33-23 NR Did not make postseason
17 North Carolina 46-19 15 Chapel Hill Super Regional
18 Mississippi 41-27 17 Fayetteville Super Regional
19 Oklahoma State 40-21 12 Lubbock Super Regional
20 Louisiana State 40-26 16 Baton Rouge Super Regional
21 NC State 42-19 22 Greenville Regional
22 Texas A&M 39-23-1 24 Morgantown Regional
23 East Carolina 47-18 11 Louisville Super Regional
24 Texas 27-27 NR Did not make postseason
25 Virginia 32-24 NR Did not make postseason

Others receiving consideration: TCU, Dallas Baptist, Oregon State