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ASU Baseball: 2020 Season Preview

High expectations

Richard Martinez/ House of Sparky

2019 Season

Record: 38-19

Pac-12 Finish: 5th (16-13 in Conference)

All-American honorees: Spencer Torkelson

All-Conference honorees: Spencer Torkelson, Gage Workman, Alika Williams, Trevor Hauver, Brady Corrigan

Postseason: Lost in Baton Rouge Regional twice to Southern Miss

vs Southern Miss: 3-15 L (May 31), vs Stony Brook: 13-5 W (June 1), vs Southern Miss: 12-13 L (June 2)

2020 Roster Outlook

Key Departures: OF Hunter Bishop, RHP Alec Marsh, INF/OF Carter Aldrete

Key Freshmen: OF Sean McLain, LHP Cooper Benson

Incoming Transfers: LHP Justin Fall, RHP Tyler Thornton, OF Hunter Jump

Preseason Rankings

Baseball America: #3


D1Baseball: #9

USA Today: #13

News and Notes

-Outfielders Sean McLain and Dusty Garcia are both currently on the shelf with injuries, leaving freshman walk-on Danny Marshall to fill in and get the start in center field on Opening Night. Marshall found out on Thursday afternoon that he would be starting

-Spencer Torkelson, Gage Workman and Alika Williams were all named to the 2020 Golden Spikes Preseason Watch List

-Justin Fall will start on Opening Night vs Villanova, with junior Boyd Vander Kooi getting the nod for Saturday afternoon vs the Wildcats. The rest of the rotation for opening weekend is to be determined

Projected Lineup

C — Sam Ferri

1B — Spencer Torkelson

2B — Drew Swift

SS — Alika Williams

3B — Gage Workman

LF — Trevor Hauver

CF — Sean McLain (Now injured, Danny Marshall to fill in)

RF — Myles Denson

DH — Hunter Jump

Projected Pitching Staff

Friday: Justin Fall

Saturday: Cooper Benson

Sunday: Tyler Thornton

Midweek: Boyd Vander Kooi/Erik Tolman

Closer: RJ Dabovich