When all of the baseball preseason polls and All-American watch lists start flooding the media, you know that season can’t be far behind. And nothing could be better than a thought of spring on the first day of winter. Collegiate Baseball’s Preseason top 40 contains five teams from the Big 12, but none higher than No. 18 Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State is coming off a 41-29 season in 2013, the first season for new coach Josh Holliday. The Cowboys are ranked by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America as having a top-five incoming recruiting class.
TCU is ranked for the 11th straight season and is No. 19 or higher to start the season for the fifth straight year. The Horned Frogs were 29-28 overall a season ago, their first in the Big 12.
Texas is projected to have a much better year than in 2013, when the Longhorns suffered their worst season in recent memory, finishing above. 500, at 27-24, but in last place in the conference after coming in third the year before. Texas return eight pitchers from last year’s staff, including all three weekend starters.
Defending conference champion Kansas State was 45-19 last season and captured its first conference championship in baseball in 80 years. The Wildcats return Big 12 Player of the Year, second baseman Ross Kivett, and Big 12 Freshman of the Year, pitcher Jake Matthys. The No. 25 ranking by Collegiste Baseball is K-State’s highest preseason ranking in program history.
Oklahoma comes into the 2013 season with a new head coach, Pete Hughes. The Sooners were 43-21 a year ago, finished third in the final conference standings and were 18th in the final Collegiate Baseball rankings.