Is it too early to be talking about the 2020 College World Series? Not for baseball fans. If you’re a fan of 7, maybe even 8 teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference you’ll like the results of this way-too-early Top 25. If you follow 3 of these teams you’ve got to like the odds that a trip to Omaha may be on the agenda next year. Who are these teams and what are some of the reasons to be excited? We’ll give you the list and simply mention, CWS Title.
Let’s look at the Top 25 developed by Wayne Cavadi at NCAA.com. The prospects of having as much as a quarter of the real estate in the poll owned by the ACC should have you salivating. We’ll share some of his observations about conference teams along the way.
Though not ranked NC State gets a nod as a team with potential. We got a glimpse of that this past season. Will the Wolfpack find a way to up their game in 2020?
At No. 24 in the rankings are the Blue Devils. Duke showed promise in 2019 but just couldn’t get their offense rolling. Next year, as many as six starters should return and that includes pitcher Thomas Girard.
Next up at No. 20 is Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have a next full of pitchers more than capable of stinging an opponent. Among the list Michael Guldberg, Cort Roedig and Luke Bartnicki.
Clemson may have lost some critical pieces but they still return enough to land at No. 18. The Tigers will look to Davis Sharpe and Mat Clark to solidify their rotation.
Building toward the future has been the goal of head coach Gino DiMare and it may have arrived. The Hurricanes punch in at No. 16 in the early poll. Why? Sluggers JP Gates and Adrian Del Castillo return looking to put bat to ball and DiMare’s recruiting efforts are adding up.
North Carolina takes the No. 11 spot behind the power hitting duo of Aaron Sabato and Danny Serretti. Look for some interesting arms to emerge from the bullpen next year as well.
The Top 10
Senior may be gone but Junior takes over the reins of a nicely loaded team. At No. 9 is Florida State and the roster is full of crucial returning experience plus some dynamic recruits and freshmen. A new era of Mike Martin at the helm begins.
Sitting comfortably at No. 4 are the Louisville Cardinals led by Dan McDonnell. How about hitting? Try on Danny Oriente, Justin Lavey and Alex Binelas. You ask about pitching? Does Reid Detmers work for you?
Could a CWS Title be in the cards for an ACC baseball team in 2020? Opportunity knocks.