SEC Baseball Power Poll

Posted on Apr 5 2016 - 6:49am by Collin Brister
      1. Florida-They’re really good. They’re 20-0 at home and just swept No. 1 Texas A&M. The Gators are led by A.J. Puk, a dominantly left-handed pitcher, and are getting contributions all throughout the lineup.
      2. Mississippi State-They’re really, really good. With Dakota Hudson going on Friday night, the Bulldogs are going to be the prohibitive favorite on most Friday nights in the league. The Bulldogs have seasoned veterans in Gavin Collins and Austin Sexton on the roster. Mississippi State, as of right now, looks like a SEC title contender, and a team that could make a serious run at the College World Series.
      3. South Carolina – The Gamecocks lost two of three at Vanderbilt this weekend, but are dominant on the mound. Clarke Schmidt runs his fastball into the mid 90s providing hitters a tough challenge. The Gamecocks are currently tied with Florida for the SEC lead.
      4. Vanderbilt – After dropping the first series of SEC play, the Commodores have responded winning five of the last six conference games including a series win over the top 10 Gamecocks.
      5. Texas A&M – Texas A&M is sort of a mystery at this point. They took two of three from Auburn to being SEC play, but didn’t look especially dominating. They then took two of three from LSU, but again didn’t look great. The Aggies then dropped all three contests this weekend to Florida. We’ll know more about the Aggies after they travel to Starkville two weekends from now.
      6. Kentucky – It’s time to start taking the Wildcats seriously. They won their third consecutive SEC series, including a series win over Florida, this weekend.
      7. Alabama – I think Alabama has the potential to be really good. Geoffrey Bramblett is really good for the Crimson Tide on Friday nights and Alabama has a deep bullpen led by closer Thomas Burrows.
      8. LSU – Alex Lange is really good for LSU. The rest of LSU is not really good. Lange even got touched up this weekend vs. Auburn. The Tigers may be having a rebuilding year, something that won’t set well on the Bayou.
      9. Arkansas – Missouri was 0-6 before this weekend. They’re now 2-7 because Arkansas decided they weren’t interested in taking the Tigers seriously this weekend.
      10. Ole Miss – Ole Miss has played two really good teams in South Carolina and Mississippi State. They’ve gone 1-5. It’s not time to hit the panic button, at all, but Ole Miss needs to respond this weekend at home against Arkansas.
      11. Georgia – Future first round pick Robert Tyler is keeping Georgia in most opening games, but the Bulldogs continue to struggle to win games. They were up late on Thursday and Friday night before blowing the games to Alabama.
      12. Auburn – Auburn scores around eleventy billion runs a game which is good because their pitching gives up around eleventy billion runs per game.
      13. Tennessee – If Dave Serrano doesn’t get it turned around soon, Tennessee has to wonder if they’re ever going to see the type of success that Rod Delmonico brought to Knoxville when they went to the College World Series three times in his 17 years.
      14. Missouri – Between their awful football team, basketball team and baseball team, I’m sure it’s great to be a Missouri Tiger.