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College  | Story  | 2/2/2023

Conference Preview: Big East

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Photo: Jack Housinger (Xavier Athletics)
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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

Teams are listed in alphabetical order*

Team W L W L
Butler 20 35 4 16
Creighton 31 18 15 5
Georgetown 32 24 11 10
Seton Hall 18 35 7 13
St. John's 22 32 7 12
UConn 50 16 16 5
Villanova 19 29 8 12
Xavier 33 27 13 8

Preseason All-Conference Team

Pos. Name School Stats/Notes
C Tate Ballestero St. John's Team high .333 BA w/ 18 2B's in '22, developing power potential and versatile defender
1B Ben Huber UConn Monster 6-foot-3 245 pound frame, dangerous power - 11 HR's and .327 BA in '22
2B Kevin Michaels St. John's Hit .330 w/ 7 HR's last season, 1st Team All Big East, flashes both contact and power tools w/ easy bat speed
SS Jack Housinger Xavier All around athlete, leader of clubhouse finished w/ .311 BA including 16 HR's and .588 SLG in '22
3B Jared Cushing Xavier Solid defender at multiple IF spots, finished w/ .290 BA and 10 HR's in '22
OF Korey Morton UConn .411 BA in '22 w/ 6 HR's, plus speed tool with flashes of power to gaps
OF Jake Hyde Georgetown Finished 2nd in conference w/ 19 HR's in '22, easy juice disciplined hitter with athleticism on both ends
OF Will Gale Seton Hall Contact first guy at top of SHU order, .336 BA w/ 15 multi-hit games in '22
DH Owen Carapellotti Georgetown Coming off Big East Freshman of Year honors, will be starting C for GTown finished w/ .280 BA including 8 HR's
UT David Smith UConn Plus tools in multiple categories - .307 BA led team in triples (5) and SB (23)
SP Ian Cooke UConn Breakout Freshman season went 7-1 w/ 3.64 ERA in 54.1 IP. Posted 54 SO w/ adv. feel for spin
SP Dominic Cancellieri Creighton Reliable weekend arm, went 5-3 w/ .239 OBA and 52 SO in 61.1 IP last season
SP Chuck Sanzio St. John's Going to be key weekend arm after doing damage from pen in '22, 3.70 ERA w/ 48 SO in 41.1 IP
SP Chic DeGaetano Villanova Looking to build off a 5.76 ERA in '22, held opponents to a .246 BA w/ 42 SO in 45.1 IP
RP Tommy Steier Creighton Lockdown closer finished 4-1 w/ program record 1.62 ERA in 55.2 IP - can effectively change slots, tops at 92 mph

Player of the Year: Jack Housinger, IF, Xavier
Pitcher of the Year: Ian Cooke, RHP, UConn
Freshman of the Year: Cody Bowker, UT, Georgetown

Top Prospects

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

* indicates draft eligible sophomore 

2023 MLB Draft Prospects

1. Jack Housinger, SS, Xavier

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