The 2015 College World Series kicks off from Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday, June 13, with eight teams vying for the national championship.
With the MLB draft concluding on June 10, the College World Series is not only filled with collegiate stars, but now with the newest gems of many professional teams' farm systems.
Continue below for the TV schedule for the competition's first games and a few players to look out for in Omaha.
Players to Watch
Dansby Swanson, SS, Vanderbilt
This year's first overall pick in the MLB draft, future Arizona Diamondback Dansby Swanson is the best player in the nation anchoring the defending national champions.
In 65 games this season, Swanson has 90 hits and is batting .350 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI.
While his home run power most likely won't follow him to the majors, Swanson can drive the ball extremely well with great bat speed.
Diamondbacks scouting director Deric Ladnier said Swanson is "an exceptional baseball player that has all of the intangibles and makeup of a championship-type player for which this organization is building a foundation on," per ESPN (via ABC News San Francisco).
Swanson went 4-for-10 with one RBI in the Super Regionals against a good pitching side in Illinois. Vanderbilt holds a deep roster with big-time talent, so Swanson's absence in terms of knocking in runs did not go missed, but he will need to be on against Cal State Fullerton.
Alex Bregman, SS, LSU
The second-best shortstop in the nation and second overall pick in the MLB draft, Alex Bregman is on a top-ranked LSU side that is clicking after its SEC tournament loss to Florida.
LSU has won five straight games since entering the College World Series bracket. Bregman, however, has not been clicking. With a .312 average and nine home runs this season, Bregman is going through his worst stretch, and it's coming in the postseason.
In the last five games, Bregman is 2-for-16 with two RBI, both of them coming in Game 2 of the Super Regionals against Louisiana-Lafayette.
But Bregman is still one of the best and highly coveted by D1Baseball.com's Kendall Rogers.
The Tigers are going to need Bregman on base to make things happen. He ranks seventh in the nation with 37 stolen bases. If he can't find his hitting stroke and his way on base, LSU will not last long against a gritty, pitching-heavy side like TCU.
Andrew Benintendi, OF, Arkansas
|2015 College World Series TV Schedule|
|Saturday, June 13, 3 p.m. ET||Virginia||Arkansas||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Saturday, June 13, 8 p.m. ET||Miami (FL)||Florida||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Sunday, June 14, 3 p.m. ET||TCU||LSU||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Sunday, June 14, 8 p.m. ET||Cal State Fullerton||Vanderbilt||ESPN 2||WatchESPN.com|
Benintendi provides the power of the three players to watch in this year's College World Series. After defeating No. 8 Missouri State, Arkansas has drawn Virginia, a team laden with College World Series experience.
He is atop the nation with 19 home runs, and his .380 batting average is 22nd in the NCAA. The newest member of the Boston Red Sox also added 55 RBI.
Benintendi was described by David Rawnsley of Sports Illustrated as "a Jacoby Ellsbury clone with a strong power/speed combination."
The outfielder started the College World Series hot, going 4-for-7 with two RBI, but since then, he has faded. In his last three games, Benintendi is just 1-for-9.
Benintendi's power will be put to the test here as well. While enjoying 320-foot porches down the lines at Baum Stadium in Arkansas, TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha is 335 down the lines. It's no question he has big league power, but now is his chance to showcase it.
*Stats courtesy of NCAA.com.