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College  | Story  | 2/2/2023

Conf. Preview: Missouri Valley

Blaine Peterson     
Photo: Kaeber Rog (Southern Illinois 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

* Members of the OVC in 2022
^ Members of the Horizon in 2022

School W L W L
Belmont* 39 20 18 6
Bradley 20 29 11 10
Evansville 32 24 14 6
Illinois-Chicago^ 22 25 14 11
Illinois State 20 31 7 14
Indiana State 26 22 10 10
Missouri State 31 29  8 13
Murray State* 30 25 11 13
Southern Illinois 44 16 16 5
Valparaiso 16 32 5 15

Preseason All-Conference Team

Pos. Name School Stats/Notes
C Cole Conn Illinois-Chicago Switch-hitting catcher. Career .298 hitter that had 20 XBH a season ago. Athlete with solid defensive tools behind the plate.
1B Connor O'Brien Bradley .395 AVG, 1.080 OPS, 10 HR in ’22. Improved offensive metrics each season as a Brave. Three time 1st team All-MVC.
MIF Mason Hull Missouri State Hit .282 with a .927 OPS in ’22. Power hitting middle infielder with 15 HR & 50 RBI a season ago.
MIF Kaeber Rog Southern Illinois Reigning MVC POY. .362 AVG, 1.047 OPS. 21 doubles and 14 HR in 2022. A 33/30 walk-to-strikeout ratio to add to it.
3B Brent Widder Evansville All-MVC 1st team in '22. Slashed .303/.393/.443 with 7 HR. Middle of the order presence to go along with great defense.
OF Spencer Nivens Missouri State .346/.443/.542 in ’22. Hit 11 HR & showed plate discipline as a RS Freshman. Could challenge for MVC Player of the Year in '22
OF Mark Shallenberger Evansville All-MVC 1st team in '22. Slashed .336/.444/.573 with 11 HR & 18 more XBH. Plate discipline and BABIP to suggest another big season ahead.
OF Pier-Olivier Boucher Southern Illinois

Hit .325 with a .958 OPS in ’22. Added 8 HR and 10 SB’s. Stepped in & made an immediate impact on the Salukis lineup.

DH Brodey Heaton Belmont .325/.376/.597, 13 HR in 2022. Centerpiece of the Bruin lineup. 2nd team All-OVC a season ago.
UT Nolan Tucker Valparaiso   All-MVC 1st team in ’22. Hit .365 with 14 doubles in just 37 games. Hit tool to become an all-conference player again in '23.
SP Jake Eddington Missouri State

Alabama transfer features some of the conferences premium stuff with a fastball that touches 98 & a slider that is a true out pitch.

SP Nick Smith Evansville ’22 MVC Pitcher of the Year, went 6-4 with a 4.35 ERA. One of the conferences most reliable and durable starters.
SP Matthew Jachec Indiana State A 1st team All-MVC selection in ’22. Went 9-2 with a 2.88 ERA. Walked just 9 batters in 97 innings last season.
SP Andy Bean Belmont The 2022 Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year. Brings pitchability & plenty of starting experience to the MVC for 2023.
RP Matthew Steidl Southern Illinois All-MVC first team reliever in '22. Struck out 91 in 75.2 IP.  Really tough side arm slot for opposing hitters.

Player of the Year: Kaeber Rog, SS, Southern Illinois
Pitcher of the Year: Jake Eddington, RHP, Missouri State
Newcomer of the Year: Zack Stewart, OF/IF, Missouri State

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2023 MLB Draft Prospects

1. Jake Eddington, RHP, Missouri State

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