NC State returns seven position players who logged at least 100 at-bats last year, two seasoned juniors atop the rotation and a plethora of experience in the bullpen, allotting the Wolfpack the No. 16 ranking in D1Baseball.com’s preseason top 25.
Below are a few facts to consider when breaking down the 2020 NC State club:
2019 Record: 42-19
Coach (record at school): Elliott Avent (875-527 in 23 seasons)
Ballpark: Doak Field at Dail Park (2,200)
Postseason history: 31 regionals (active streak: 5), 2 CWS trips (last in 2013), 0 national titles
In this preview of NC State’s 2020 season, we’ve graded the Wolfpack in each characteristic of the game: Hitting, power, speed, defense, starting pitching, bullpen and experience/intangibles. But before we begin, let’s present our projected lineup for NC State in 2020.
NC State’s projected lineup
|C||Patrick Bailey, Jr.||.288/.390/.513||10||46||1|
|1B||Austin Murr, Jr.||Tr. — Des Moines Area (Iowa) CC|
|2B||Tyler McDonough, So.||.320/.392/.452||5||47||10|