Vanderbilt baseball picked 3rd in SEC East in preseason coaches poll

Vanderbilt baseball picked 3rd in SEC East in preseason coaches poll

LSU baseball got 11 of 14 votes to win the SEC in the league’s preseason coaches poll released Thursday.

The Tigers also got 12 of 14 votes to win the SEC West by the coaches. Tennessee got 12 of 14 votes to win the East, with Florida receiving the other two.

Ole Miss, the defending national champions, was picked 4th in the SEC West and got one vote to win the league.

The coaches’ preseason teams also were released on Thursday, led by two Tennessee pitchers and a pair of LSU hitters. It also includes Vanderbilt outfielder Enrique Bradfield Jr., the 2021 SEC Freshman of the Year and an All-SEC First Team honoree in 2022.

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2023 SEC Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll

First-place votes in parenthesis

Eastern Division

1. Tennessee (12) – 90

2. Florida (2) – 79

3. Vanderbilt – 64

4. South Carolina – 51

5. Georgia – 48

6. Kentucky – 34

7. Missouri – 19

Western Division

1. LSU (12) – 88 

2. Texas A&M (1) – 69

3. Arkansas – 68

4. Ole Miss (1) – 64

5. Alabama – 34

6. Auburn – 33

7. Mississippi State – 29

SEC Champion: LSU (11 votes), Florida (1), Ole Miss (1), Texas A&M (1)

2023 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team

First Team

C: BT Riopelle, Florida

1B: Jack Moss, Texas A&M

2B: Peyton Stovall, Arkansas

3B: Luke Mann, Missouri

SS: Jacob Gonzalez, Ole Miss

OF: Dylan Crews, LSU

OF: Enrique Bradfield Jr., Vanderbilt

OF: Wyatt Langford, Florida

DH/Utility: Tommy White, LSU

Starting pitcher: Chase Dollander, Tennessee

Starting pitcher: Chase Burns, Tennessee

Relief pitcher: Brady Tygart, Arkansas

Second Team

C: Luke Hancock, Mississippi State

1B: Tre’ Morgan, LSU

2B: Ryan Targac, Texas A&M

3B: Trevor Werner, Texas A&M

SS: Maui Ahuna, Tennessee

OF: Connor Tate, Georgia

OF: Brett Minnich, Texas A&M

OF: Colton Ledbetter, Mississippi State

DH/Utility: Austin Bost, Texas A&M

Starting pitcher: Carter Holton, Vanderbilt*

Starting pitcher: Hurston Waldrep, Florida*

Starting pitcher: Paul Skenes, LSU*

Relief pitcher: Camden Sewell, Tennessee