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Aaron Fitt | | February 6, 2020

ACC baseball, led by Louisville and Miami, could challenge 2016 season's historic depth

A look at the top college baseball matchups you don't want to miss before conference play

Heading into 2020, the ACC looks stronger than it has been since 2016, when it sent a record 10 teams to regionals (since tied by the SEC). In 2016, Louisville (No. 2) and Miami (No. 6) were the ACC’s two highest-ranked teams in the preseason, and they lived up to the billing, winning their respective divisions and reaching the 50-win mark overall. This year, the Cardinals and Hurricanes are once again the ACC’s favorites, as Louisville is ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history and Miami isn’t far behind at No. 3.

The ACC also has a very strong middle tier after those two front-runners, who are joined in the Top 25 rankings by No. 12 Florida State, No. 15 Duke, No. 16 NC State, No. 18 Wake Forest, No. 19 Georgia Tech and No. 23 North Carolina. Virginia and Clemson join those teams as regional teams in our projection, which would give the ACC 10 regional teams for just the second time ever. But Boston College and Virginia Tech both have the look of very dangerous sleepers who could easily jump up in the standings, while first-year coach Link Jarrett and second-year coach Mike Bell are working hard to rebuild Notre Dame and Pittsburgh, respectively.

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The conference preview below includes the projected order of finish, preseason awards, top prospects and a team by team breakdown.

Projected standings

*Bold indicates 2019 regional team, and records are from 2019. Teams are listed in order of projected 2020 finish.

Louisville 21-9 51-18
Florida State 17-13 42-23
NC State 18-12 42-19
Wake Forest 14-16 31-26
Clemson 15-15 35-26
Boston College 12-18 31-27
Notre Dame 13-17 24-30
Miami 18-12 41-20
Duke 15-15 35-27
Georgia Tech 19-11 43-19
North Carolina 17-13 46-19
Virginia 14-16 32-24
Virginia Tech 9-21 26-27
Pittsburgh 8-22 21-34

Projected Regional Team (10): Louisville, Miami, Florida State, Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia, Clemson
Player of the Year: Patrick Bailey, C, NC State
Pitcher of the Year: Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville
Freshman of the Year: Nate Savino, LHP, Virginia

Top prospects/impact freshmen

Asterisk indicates draft-eligible underclassman

1 Reid Detmers LHP Louisville
2 CJ Van Eyk RHP Florida State
3 Patrick Bailey C NC State
4 Chris McMahon RHP Miami
5 Aaron Sabato* 1B North Carolina
6 Bryce Jarvis RHP Duke
7 Bobby Miller RHP Louisville
8 Shane Drohan LHP Florida State
9 Reese Albert OF Florida State
10 Joe Boyle RHP Notre Dame
11 Slade Cecconi* RHP Miami
12 Nander De Sedas* SS Florida State
13 Freddy Zamora SS Miami
14 Luke Waddell SS Georgia Tech
15 Andrew Abbott LHP Virginia
16 Nick Swiney LHP NC State
17 Jared Shuster LHP Wake Forest
18 Bobby Seymour 1B Wake Forest
19 Michael Rothenberg C Duke
20 Baron Radcliff OF Georgia Tech
21 Shane Muntz C/RHP Wake Forest
22 Austin Love RHP North Carolina
23 Will Fleming RHP Wake Forest
24 Alex Toral 1B Miami
25 Joey Lancellotti RHP North Carolina
26 Zack Brzykcy RHP Virginia Tech
27 Jonathan Hughes RHP Georgia Tech
28 Lucas Dunn 2B/OF Louisville
29 Max Alba* RHP North Carolina
30 Michael Kirian LHP Louisville
31 Raymond Gil 3B Miami
32 Griff McGarry RHP Virginia
33 Ian Seymour LHP Virginia Tech
34 Joey Loperfido OF Duke
35 Elijah Cabell* OF Florida State
36 Sam Weatherly LHP Clemson
37 Luke Smith RHP Louisville
38 Chris Lanzilli OF Wake Forest
39 Matt Mervis 1B/RHP Duke
40 Matheu Nelson* C Florida State
41 Tyler McDonough* 2B/OF NC State
42 Michael Ludowig OF Wake Forest
43 Zach Britton OF Louisville
44 Sam Hall 3B Clemson
45 Niko Kavadas 1B Notre Dame
46 Brant Hurter LHP Georiga Tech
47 Bryce Teodosio OF Clemson
48 Evan Justice LHP NC State
49 Kyle Hess* OF Pittsburgh
50 Devin Ortiz RHP/INF Virginia
1 Adrian Del Castillo C Miami
2 Alex Binelas 3B Louisville
3 Mason Pelio RHP Boston College
4 Sal Frelick OF Boston College
5 Jose Torres* SS NC State
6 Ryan Cusick RHP Wake Forest
7 Ethan Murray SS Duke
8 Zack Gelof 3B Virginia
9 Henry Davis C Louisville
10 Danny Serretti SS North Carolina
11 Robby Martin OF Florida State
12 Mike Vasil RHP Virginia
13 Cody Morisette MIF Boston College
14 Jack Perkins RHP Louisville
15 Brendan Tinsman C Wake Forest
16 Luke Bartnicki LHP Georgia Tech
17 Cooper Stinson RHP Duke
18 Michael Turconi SS Wake Forest
19 Luca Tresh OF/C NC State
20 Carson Taylor C Virginia Tech
21 Vojtech Mensik 3B NC State
22 Jared Poland RHP/INF Louisville
23 Mack Anglin* RHP Clemson
24 Joseph Charles* RHP North Carolina
25 Davis Sharpe RHP/1B Clemson
26 Billy Corcoran RHP Pittsburgh
27 Kerry Wright RHP Louisville
28 Cort Roedig RHP Georgia Tech
29 Carter Lohman LHP Louisville
30 Chris Gerard LHP Virginia Tech
31 JP Gates LHP/DH Miami
32 Nic Kent SS/2B Virginia
33 Emmet Sheehan RHP Boston College
34 Keyshawn Askew LHP Clemson
35 Nick Biddison OF/C Virginia Tech
36 Shane Smith RHP Wake Forest
37 Jordan Lala OF Miami
38 Levi Usher OF Louisville
39 Rudy Maxwell C/OF Duke
40 Anthony Vilar 2B Miami
41 Adam Hackenberg C Clemson
42 Caleb Roberts C/OF North Carolina
43 Cristian Sanchez RHP Virginia
44 Jack Carey RHP Duke
45 Jack Anderson RHP Florida State
46 Kevin Madden 3B Virginia Tech
47 Brandon Neeck LHP Virginia
48 Will Sandy LHP North Carolina
49 Tim Borden SS Louisville
50 Carter Putz INF Notre Dame
1 Nate Savino LHP Virginia
2 Jose Torres SS NC State
3 Chris Newell OF Virginia
4 Drew Compton 1B Georgia Tech
5 Alex McFarlane RHP Miami
6 Bryce Hubbart LHP Florida State
7 Henry Williams RHP Duke
8 Chris Villaman LHP NC State
9 Zach Maxwell RHP Georgia Tech
10 Dalton Rushing 1B/C Louisville
11 Tyler Causey 1B/3B North Carolina
12 Dylan Brewer OF Clemson
13 Jack Brannigan 3B/RHP Notre Dame
14 Jared Thomas C Miami
15 Mack Anglin RHP Clemson
16 Joseph Charles RHP North Carolina
17 Michael Prosecky LHP Louisville
18 Jake Holland C Georgia Tech
19 Luke Gold 3B/2B Boston College
20 Andrew Jenkins 3B Georgia Tech
21 Fritz Genther SS Virginia Tech
22 Tate Ballestero C/1B Virginia
23 Derek Crum OF Wake Forest
24 Gavin Cross OF/1B/LHP Virginia Tech
25 Jonathan French C Clemson
26 Kyle Smith C North Carolina
27 Matt Willadsen RHP NC State
28 Carson Palmquist LHP Miami
29 Ryan Hawks RHP Louisville
30 Doug Kirkland RHP Florida State
31 Max Cotier MIF Virginia
32 Tres Gonzalez OF Georgia Tech
33 Xander Hamilton RHP/OF Virginia Tech
34 Eric Grintz C North Carolina
35 Matthew Wyatt RHP Virginia
36 Pierce Gallo INF Clemson
37 Tyrell Brewer INF Florida State
38 Kellan Tulio LHP Louisville
39 Daniel Baruch 1B/LHP Boston College
40 Brandon Walker RHP Florida State
41 Stephen Restuccio RHP/OF Virginia Tech
42 Nick Vera C Pittsburgh
43 Grant Norris 2B/SS Duke
44 Max Gieg RHP Boston College
45 Jake Garland RHP Miami
46 Jackson Finley RHP Georgia Tech
47 Patrick Alvarez INF North Carolina
48 Adam Cecere OF Wake Forest
49 Chad Knight C Duke
50 Geoffrey Gilbert LHP Clemson

Projected regional teams

Eight preseason top 25 teams made the ACC's projected regional teams, including Louisville, Miami, Florida State, Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and North Carolina. For an in-depth report on each of the eight ACC clubs, click their coinciding links below.

No. 1 Louisville
No. 3 Miami
No. 12 Florida State
No. 15 Duke
No. 16 NC State
No. 18 Wake Forest
No. 19 Georgia Tech
No. 23 North Carolina

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