D1Baseball released its early predictions for the college baseball tournament, and within the field of 64 No. 15 Mississippi State is hosting a regional.
Tulane is projected as the 2 seed in the Starkville Regional along with Georgia Tech (3) and Alabama State (4). MSU is paired up with the Corvallis Regional where Oregon State is the national No. 3 seed.
Of course this doesn't mean a hill of beans when the first pitch hasn't even been thrown yet, but it's interesting to see which 16 teams the pundits think will end up hosting at season's end. The full field of 64 can be viewed here.
MSU hasn't hosted a regional since 2013 when the Bulldogs welcomed South Alabama, Mercer, and Central Arkansas to Dudy Noble Field. Central Arkansas was the 4 seed and took MSU to a final game 7 in that regional. State won 6-1 and I know you remember the rest, a two-game sweep of national seed Virginia and an Omaha run that didn't come to a halt until the National Championship.
Boy does that seem like ages ago.
D1Baseball also continued its positional rankings. Four more Bulldogs were voted among the best at their positions since I last updated the rankings. Brent Rooker and Jacob Robson were voted top-35 outfielders while Reid Humphreys was tabbed the No. 76 outfielder in the land. Gavin Collins begins the season as one of the 25 best at the hot corner.
Pitcher rankings haven't been released as of this writing, but one MSU lock there is Dakota Hudson who was named a second team preseason All-American by the site.
Here is an updated list of MSU players present in D1Baseball's rankings:
Jack Kruger: No. 44 C
Nathan Lowe: No. 29 1B
Gavin Collins: No. 23 3B
Reid Humphreys: No. 76 OF
Brent Rooker: No. 34 OF
Jacob Robson: No. 31 OF
Jared Padgett: No. 31 freshman prospect
Ethan Small: No. 62 freshman prospect
Kale Breaux: No. 87 freshman prospect