Most teams around the country have already wrapped up fall baseball or are doing so soon. The college baseball season is less than 100 days away, so therefore, it is time to release College Baseball Nation's fall preseason top 25!
This summer we released the 76 teams we think will compete at the top of college baseball, and then we released our Way-Too-Early Top 25. In a normal year, a preseason top 25 is difficult enough to make, but with all of the talent returning to college baseball in 2021 due to the shortening of the 2020 MLB Draft, it was even more challenging to pick the 25 best this year.
Florida, UCLA, and Texas Tech remain in the top three of our top 25; each team is the favorite to win their conference. Vanderbilt moves up one spot to number four in the post-fall rankings in large part due to the early enrollment of Christian Little, RHP. Little leaves the 2021 class as one of the top five recruits in the country and adds to a talented Commodores pitching staff that already includes Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter, who both project as early first round picks. Ole Miss rounds out the top five.
Arizona State falls two spots to number 20. Entering 2021, the Sun Devils needed to replace the number one overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, Spencer Torkelson, along with four other players who joined professional baseball. That task became even more difficult this fall when Auburn transfer, Conor Davis, tore his ACL in a scrimmage. Davis who hit .287 in four seasons with the Tigers was the projected first basemen for Arizona State.
The post-fall college baseball top 25 includes eight teams from the ACC, seven from the SEC, three from the Pac 12, three from the Big 12, two from the Big West, and two from the American. ECU at number 19 is the highest ranked team from outside the traditional "power five," followed by Long Beach State at 21.