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2023 Big 12 Baseball Thread

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Preseason Awards:

Player of the Year: Brayden Taylor (TCU)

Pitcher of the Year: Juaron Watts-Brown (Oklahoma State)

Newcomer of the Year: Juaron Watts-Brown (Oklahoma State)

Freshman of the Year: Anthony Silva (TCU)


All-Conference Team:

C Hudson White (Texas Tech)

INF Nick Goodwin (Kansas State)

INF Jackson Nicklaus (Oklahoma)

INF Marcus Brown (Oklahoma State)

INF Roc Riggio (Oklahoma State)

INF Brayden Taylor (TCU)

OF John Spikeman (Oklahoma)

OF Austin Davis (TCU)

OF Elijah Nunez (TCU)

DH Ty Coleman (Texas Tech)

UT Nolan McLean (Oklahoma State)

SP Juaron Watts-Brown (Oklahoma State)

SP Lucas Gordon (Texas)

SP Tanner Witt (Texas)

SP Mason Molina (Texas Tech)

RP Luke Savage (TCU)

RP Garrett Wright (TCU)

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My read on the other Big 12 teams outside of Texas this year:

TCU- Replacing 2 of 3 rotation guys but returning some key relievers, got Austin Davis from WVU and Tre Richardson from Baylor to add to their lineup. Braden Traylor back for his 12th year of eligibility. Should be a contender.

Tech- Replacing 2 of 3 rotation guys, lost Jung to the draft and several other talented hitters. I'm only seeing 4 returning starters in the lineup. I see them as a middle of the pack team.

OSU- Replacing their entire weekend rotation but right up there with TCU in my mind. Added Watts-Brown through the portal, got McLean back after his deal fell through with the Orioles. Riggio back. They should be pretty good.

OU- Also replacing their entire rotation, but get Spikerman, Pettis, Muniz and a few other hitters back. They have huge pitching marks on the pitching side but brought in a few good transfers. They definitely won't be as good as last year.

West Virginia- Going to have a chance every Friday night with Ben Hampton on the mound but they are going to be pretty bad. Lost Austin Davis to TCU so their lineup is a huge question mark.

Kansas State- Another team that looks like they will have no pitching. Hassell out of the year with TJ. Goodwin and Johnson will anchor their lineup but I don't see them as a top half team in the conference.

Kansas- This team was awful last year and then lost their 3 best players (Ahuna, Josenberger and Vanderhei). I only recognize about 4 names on the roster.

Baylor- Equally as bad. Returning 1 position player. Were awful on the mound last year.

Teams who want to compete for the conference title need to go like 10-2 in their 12 games against WVU, KSU, KU and Baylor.

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