Indiana picked to win Big Ten baseball title

3 comments by   |   Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 2:06 pm EDT

From the Big Ten:

INDIANA NAMED BIG TEN BASEBALL PRESEASON FAVORITE

 

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – Indiana has been selected by the conference coaches as the favorite to win in 2013, the Big Ten office announced on Tuesday. The conference’s baseball coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three players from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. Following the Hoosiers on the coaches’ preseason top six list are No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Minnesota and No. 6 Illinois.

 

Indiana returns 20 players from last year’s squad that advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game, including Players to Watch Joey DeNato, Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis. Travis, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and Schwarber were second-team All-Big Ten honorees last season, while DeNato was named to the third team.

 

Nebraska welcomes back 20 letterwinners from last year’s team that advanced to the Big Ten Tournament. The Huskers are led by starting pitcher Brandon Pierce, outfielder/designated hitter Michael Pritchard and relief pitcher Dylan Vogt. Pritchard was a first-team All-Conference honoree a season ago, while Vogt is one of five Big Ten relievers named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award watch list.

 

Michigan State is coming off its first NCAA Championship appearance since 1979 and a Big Ten Tournament berth and welcomes back 20 letterwinners. The Spartans are led by first-team All-Big Ten left fielder Jordan Keur and starting pitchers David Garner and Andrew Waszak.

 

Ohio State welcomes back 19 letterwinners from last year’s squad that advanced to the Big Ten Tournament for the 15th time in the last 16 years. The Buckeyes are led by first-team All-Big Ten starting pitcher Jaron Long, first baseman/designated hitter/reliever Josh Dezse and starting pitcher Brad Goldberg.

 

Minnesota returns 22 letterwinners from last year’s team, including six position starters. The Gophers are led by third-team All-Big Ten outfielder Andy Henkemeyer, first baseman Dan Olinger and starting pitcher Tom Windle.

 

Illinois returns 17 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including seven position starters. The Illini are led by starting pitcher Kevin Johnson and outfielders Jordan Parr and Justin Parr, a third-team All-Big Ten performer last season.

 

The complete Players to Watch list and top-six preseason poll can be found below and attached.

 

2013 BIG TEN BASEBALL PRESEASON POLL (top six teams)

1.                   Indiana

2.                   Nebraska

3.                   Michigan State

4.                   Ohio State

5.                   Minnesota

6.                   Illinois

 

2013 BIG TEN BASEBALL PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kevin Johnson, Sr., SP, Illinois

Jordan Parr, Jr., OF, Illinois

Justin Parr, Sr., OF, Illinois

Joey DeNato, Jr., SP, Indiana

Kyle Schwarber, So., C/OF/DH, Indiana

Sam Travis, So., 1B/OF, Indiana

Sasha Kuebel, So., SP, Iowa

Dan Sheppard, Sr., C, Iowa

Jake Yacinich, So., SS, Iowa

Ben Ballantine, Sr., SP, Michigan

Patrick Biondi, Sr., OF, Michigan

Michael O’Neill, Jr., OF, Michigan

Jordan Keur, Sr., LF, Michigan State

David Garner, Jr., SP, Michigan State

Andrew Waszak, Sr., SP, Michigan State

Andy Henkemeyer, Sr., OF, Minnesota

Dan Olinger, Jr., 1B, Minnesota

Tom Windle, Jr., SP, Minnesota

Brandon Pierce, Jr., SP, Nebraska

Michael Pritchard, Jr., OF/DH, Nebraska

Dylan Vogt, Sr., RP, Nebraska

Luke Farrell, Sr., SP, Northwestern

Zach Morton, Sr., SP/UT, Northwestern

Trevor Stevens, Sr., SS, Northwestern

Josh Dezse, Jr., 1B/DH/RP, Ohio State

Brad Goldberg, Sr., SP, Ohio State

Jaron Long, Jr., SP, Ohio State

Steve Hill, Sr., SP, Penn State

Steve Snyder, Jr., CF, Penn State

David Walkling, Sr., SP, Penn State

Sean McHugh, Jr., 3B/C, Purdue

Brad Schreiber, Jr., SP, Purdue

Kyle Wood, Fr., SP/OF/1B, Purdue

Share the Scoop!

Related content: Read more in Baseball
 
Ball State at Indiana
Video from baseball availability
Indiana moves up to No. 4 in RPI
DeNato named Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week
Indiana No. 18 in Baseball America Top 25
3 comments:
#1
Hoosier Clarion
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 3:17 PM EDT

Dustin, you have a strong interest in BB and have a good relationship with Coach Smith. Where do you stand on this prediction?

 
#2
stagehand
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 6:09 PM EDT

And by coincidence, the Hoosiers finally have a showcase stadium worthy of Coach Smith and his squad. Looking forward to the season.

 
#3 Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 8:13 PM EDT

Clarion,
Makes a good bit of sense to me, though I haven’t really delved into the rest of the Big Ten rosters. I do know that Travis and Schwarber are two of the best hitters in the league and the country. Tracy says he really likes his bullpen despite the loss of Hoffman. He thinks he’s got balance in the lineup, too. That’s big. They need offense outside of Travis and Schwarber and a bullpen that will lessen the dependence on the starters. if those two things are constants they have a shot. I see the potential, but you’d have to see it in action.

 


RSS feed

Comments

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Today @ HoosiersHQ.com

Recent comments on The Scoop



  • Baseball. First Place Hoosiers Travel To Second Place Illinois For Weekend Series - The 13th ranked Indiana University baseball team (26-11, 11-1 Big Ten) returns to the road this weekend, travelling to Champaign, Ill., to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini
  • Track. McClinton, Clute Win Events on Day One of Penn Relays - Nakel McClinton throws ninth best mark in school history in discus on day one of Penn
  • Women?s soccer announces 2014 schedule - The IU women’s soccer team released its full 2014 schedule on Thursday which includes 13 regular season Big Ten matches as well as a pair of newly added non-conference
  • Report: Hollowell to transfer to Georgia State - Sophomore forward Jeremy Hollowell, who announced his intent to transfer from IU on March 24, has committed play his final two seasons of college basketball at Georgia State, CBS
  • Hoosiers lead for Stepaniak - Over the last few years the IU staff has had good success recruiting the Cincinnati area, and they hope to continue that with the 2015 class.
  • Rivals250 RB set for MSU visit - Michigan State is hosting several of their top targets at the running back position on Saturday for their spring game, including Austintown
  • Max Hoetzel’s high school coach on his development, game and future -

    Chris Sparks of Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts was one of the coaches at last week’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic in Louisville and also the high

  • The Inside the Hall Mailbag: April 24 -

    The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehall), submitted on our premium forum and sent to us via our Facebook page.

  • Hoosier Links: April 24, 2014 - In today's Hoosier Links there is a story about IU basketball recruiting Caleb Swanigan and another on IU baseball continuing its hot play of
  • VIDEO: Johnson meets the Louisville media - Former Indiana assistant Kenny Johnson had plenty of positive things to say about IU on Wednesday when he met with the Louisville
  • A Little Guide to the Little 500
  • Thursday Thinker the Third