The 2016 college baseball season has reached its halfway point, meaning we now have enough evidence to publish our first set of Pac-12 power rankings. To do this right, we have compiled ballots from the four brightest baseball minds west of the Mississippi.
Our panel is as follows:
Ryan Bafaloukos - House of Sparky Co-Managing Editor (@RyanBafo)
Connor Pelton - House of Sparky baseball beat writer (@ConnorPelton28)
Kaelen Jones - House of Sparky baseball beat writer (@kaelenjones)
Dom Cotroneo - WCSN baseball writer/Pac-12 Digital broadcaster (@Dom_Cotroneo)
|1||California (18-7, 7-2)||43|
|2||Oregon State (19-7, 5-4)||37|
|3||Stanford (15-8, 4-2)||34|
|4||Utah (10-15, 7-2)||32|
|5||Washington (14-10, 5-4)||28|
|6||USC (13-14, 3-3)||22|
|7||UCLA (12-14, 4-5)||19|
|T8||Oregon (11-11, 2-4)||17|
|T8||Arizona State (16-10, 3-6)||17|
|10||Arizona (18-11, 3-6)||10|
|11||Washington State (9-17, 2-7)||5|
California earns our top spot, receiving three first place votes after starting Pac-12 play with a record of 7-2. The Golden Bears had won seven straight (including sweeps of Oregon State and UCLA) before a brief setback yesterday against Stanford.
Still, David Esquer's team is playing as well as anyone in the conference and is on track to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Our voters currently have Arizona State in a tie for eighth with Oregon. The Sun Devils were able to avoid disaster and escape Pullman with a series win last weekend, but still find themselves at three games under .500 in league play.