College World Series: Stats show these are the must-see players in the regional rounds
It's regional time, ladies and gentlemen, and the College World Series is already on everyone's mind. But, don't set your sights to Omaha just yet. There's a lot of exciting regional baseball to be played from Baton Rouge to Tallahassee. If the numbers are to be believed the following 10 guys will be creating nothing but must-see moments on the diamond, and numbers never lie.
Nick Feight | UNCW | So. | Catcher
This sophomore's stellar season has landed him at the top of three statistical categories. Feight leads NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament players in Home Runs (21), RBI (90) and Total Bases (171). Feight's offensive effort undoubtedly aided the Seahawks en route to their 39-17 record, and, for UNCW to get out of the Columbia Regional alive, they'll need great play from their young gun.
Jameson Fisher | Southeastern Louisiana | Jr. | Catcher
Fisher is a sabermetrician's dream. The redshirt-Junior leads NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament players in both Batting Average (.437) and On-Base Percentage (.564), giving the Lions an almost sure offensive bet. And, offense will be a must when play begins in the Baton Rouge Regional.
Boomer White | Texas A&M | Jr. | Infield
The transfer from TCU's name is very apropos. Boomer leads NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament players in Total Hits (92). Everyone in the College Station Regional will have their sights set on the recently crowned SEC Champions, but White's hot bat can keep upset-minded opponents quiet.
Will Craig | Wake Forest | Jr. | Infield/Pitcher
The 2015 ACC Player of the Year is a slugger. No, really, he leads NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament players in Slugging Percentage (.766). Craig's aptitude for slugging will go head-to-head with Boomer White's hit parade in the College Station Regional.
Steven Linkous | UNCW | Sr. | Outfield
The Seahawks' embarrassment of offensive riches is not limited to Nick Feight. Linkous leads NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament players in Total Runs (76). The other teams in the Columbia Regional need to prepare their defense.
Corey Ray | Louisville | Jr. | Outfield
Keep your eye on this lefty from Chicago; he's a speedster. Ray leads NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament players in Stolen Bases (39). The Cardinals will be at home in the Louisville Regional; so, they are really his bases to steal.
Luke Gillingham | Navy | Sr. | Pitcher
Perhaps the senior is trying to get all that he can out of his final year with the Midshipmen, or he's just an incredible workhorse. This lefty leads NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament pitchers in Complete Games (8). Perhaps he'll get to double digits during the Raleigh Regional.
Kirby Snead | Florida | Jr. | Pitcher
Like Gillingham, Snead is a lefty. Also like Gillingham, Snead is a workhorse. The Gator leads NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament pitchers in Total Appearances (38). Fans at the Gainesville Regional should get to see a lot of Snead.
Connor Seabold | Cal State Fullerton | So. | Pitcher
Seabold knows the strike zone. The young gun has the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (13.43) among NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament pitchers. The sophomore's control may get its toughest test in the Starkville Regional.
Joey Lucchesi | Southeast Missouri | Sr. | Pitcher
If Seabold knows the strike zone, Lucchesi knows batters. The 6'4" lefty leads NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament pitchers in strikeouts (145). The mound in Starkville will showcase plenty of talent during the regional stage with hurlers like Seabold and Lucchesi making appearances.