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College  | Story  | 1/27/2023

Conference Preview: Southland

Troy Sutherland     
Photo: Brennan Stuprich (Southern Louisiana Athletics)
Preseason Top 25 Rankings | Preseason All-Americans | College Content Preview Index

For all of Perfect Game's conference previews as part of the 2023 college baseball preview content, the 2022 records and all-conference teams are available for free. The conference top prospects and individual team breakdowns can be viewed with a subscription.

2022 Records

*Members of the Western Athletic in 2022

School W L W L
Houston Baptist 18 36  11  13 
Incarnate Word 21  31  15 
Lamar* 37 21 20 10
McNeese State 34 23 15 
New Orleans 30  23  13 11 
Nicholls 26  25  12  12 
Northwestern State 25  29  12  12 
Southeastern La. 30  31  14  10 
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 27  28  10  14 

Preseason All-Conference Team

Pos. Player School Stats/Notes
C Miguel Useche UNO Put up an absolute monster fall batting .480, easy to project double digit homers 
1B Edgar Alvarez Nicholls St. Plus defender with real juice from the left side. Batted .300 with 9 bombs in 2022
MIF Kasten Furr UNO Prototypical middle infield type, finds a bunch of barrel with premium defense
MIF Brad Burckel McNeese St. The Burkel/Harden combo is going to be tough to contain for the whole conference
MIF Alec Carr UIW Coming off an All-Conference season. Expect double digit home runs, swipes and a .300+ batting average 
3B Shea Thomas SE-Louisiana Will bat clean-up in 2023. Could easily bat over .300 with double digit jacks.
OF Payton Harden McNeese St. High level athlete with track record of elite production
OF Brendan Ryan TAMU-CC Johnson County product, athletic defender with multi-faceted impact on games, 25 stolen bases in 2022
OF Tre Jones TAMU-CC  Coming off a monster 2022 batting .354 with a OPS of 1.184 and 11 pumps
DH Joshua Blankenship Lamar A well seasoned C/1B that is coming of a remarkable 2022 where he hit .339
UTL Tyler Finke SE-Louisiana Elite low 6's runner that will swipe a ton of bags and play an elite CF. Top of the order table setter
SP Tyler Leblanc UNO 7-1 record in 2022 striking out over a batter per inning. 90-93 with a quality CH and high spin slider.
SP Zach Garcia TAMU-CC Posted a 3.82 in 67.2 innings pitched with a team low batting average against.
SP Grant Rogers McNeese St Reigning Pitcher of the Year. Monstrous 6'7 frame with the stuff to match. Big time competitor 
SP Brennan Stuprich SE-Louisiana In recent days has lived 91-94 touching 96 with a polished full mix. 
RP Rye Gunter HCU Grayson transfer is a high leverage power arm that could draw more opportunity in 2023

Pitcher of the Year: Brennan Stuprich, RHP,  SE-Louisiana
Player of the Year: Brendan Ryan, OF, TAMU-CC
Freshman of the Year: Jacob Mayers, RHP, Nicholls St.

Top Prospects

Conference top prospects by class and team by team breakdowns included with subscription

2023 MLB Draft Prospects

1. Grant Rogers, RHP, McNeese St

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