The College World Series is due to start on June 15, and the postseason has already been marked by wild finishes and dominant pitching.
With LSU, Indiana, UCLA, NC State, Louisville and Mississippi State all recording sweeps in the Super Regionals, momentum seems to be evenly distributed amongst players from all teams.
Here are a few guys poised for breakout College World Series performances, despite a lack of momentum.
Alex Bregman, LSU
Alex Bregman has been contributing at the plate from the three-hole for the Tigers all season long, tying for second in the NCAA with 104 hits. Despite a sweep of Oklahoma in their Super Regional tilt, Bregman was only a combined 2-for-9 at the plate.
Bregman is a catalyst for LSU and has been an integral part of their success this season. Expect a big College World Series showing from him to keep the Tigers rolling.
Dustin DeMuth, Indiana
DeMuth produces big time as the sixth hitter in the Indiana lineup and only needs one good game to get hot in the College World Series.
Adam Engel, Louisville
Engel has come up big for the Cardinals in close games this season with his ability to run the bases.
Engel finished No. 3 in stolen bases in the NCAA this season with 41 and can make things happen when he gets on base. He was a combined 1-for-6 at the plate in the Super Regionals with a stolen base in Game 1.
He carries only a .234 batting average in the leadoff spot in the order, but expect him to make an impact in the College World Series when he gets on base.
Carlos Rodon, North Carolina State
In the College World Series the ability to strikeout opposing hitters will be a big weapon as the very best will be at the plate. Rodon led the NCAA with 170 strikeouts this season.
Rodon is only the No. 2 pitcher in the Wolfpack’s starting rotation, holding a 9-2 record with an ERA of 3.19 this season. He ate up 8.1 innings in his Super Regional start against Rice, but allowed 11 hits and three earned runs.
He may need a bit of run support, but expect Rodon to use his powerful stuff to strikeout a lot of hitters and see at least one victory in the College World Series.
It takes a little bit of everything to make a successful College World Series run, from running the bases, to striking out hitters, to simply getting on base and allowing the team to produce.
If the top players for each team fail to show up, it’s safe to say that there are some lesser-known role players waiting to jump-start their teams.
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