UCLA had one of the nation’s premier teams last season but fell short of its ultimate goal — getting to the College World Series. This team will be hungrier than ever and likely won’t have the added pressure last year’s club had down the stretch, making UCLA the No. 14-ranked team in D1Baseball’s preseason top 25.
Below are a few facts to consider when breaking down the 2020 UCLA club:
2019 record: 52-11 (24-5)
Coach (record at school): John Savage (539–360–1 in 15 seasons)
Ballpark: Jackie Robinson Stadium (1,800)
Postseason history: 23 regionals (active streak: 3), 5 CWS trips (last in 2013)
UCLA FALL REPORT: How the Bruins are preparing for the 2020 season
In this preview of UCLA’s 2020 season, we’ve graded the Bruins 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 UCLA in 2020.
UCLA’s projected lineup
|C||Noah Cardenas, So.||.375/.476/.500||3||18||0|
|1B||JT Schwartz, RS-Fr.||DNP|
|2B||Kevin Kendall, Jr.||.258/.331/.298||0||13||9|