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VandyBoys voted to finish 3rd in the SEC East

Baseball season is less than a week away and the coaches from the Southeastern Conference have made their season predictions and they have tabbed the Commodores to finished in 3rd place. It will be another tough season in the SEC but Vanderbilt is one of a few teams who have a shot at not only winning a conference title but also making it to Omaha.

Baseball time in Nashville is here, which means pre-season predictions are coming out and you can bet that the Vanderbilt Commodores are considered one of the top teams headed into the 2017 baseball season. 

The Florida Gators were picked to finish 1st in the SEC East while LSU was picked to win the SEC West. The Gators, Tigers, Commodores and the South Carolina Gamecocks have all been pre-season picked in the Top 10 nationally as well. 

Vanderbilt returns the vast majority of their team after finishing 3rd in the East last season and making it to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time under head coach Tim Corbin. The Commodores return a veteran squad led by pre-season All-SEC 1st team selections outfielder Jeren Kendall and starting pitcher Kyle Wright

The Commodores also return several complimentary players in Will ToffeyEthan PaulAlonzo JonesJason DelayPatrick Raby and more. All these players and the entire roster will need to play well, if Vanderbilt is to compete for an SEC title. 

2017 SEC Baseball Coaches Predictions

SEC East

1. Florida

2. South Carolina

3. Vanderbilt

4-t. Kentucky

4 t. Georgia

6. Tennessee

7. Missouri

SEC West

1. LSU

2. Texas A&M

3. Ole Miss

4. Miss State

5. Arkansas

6-t. Alabama

6 t. Auburn

SEC Pre-season 1st Team

C - Mike Rivera, Florida

1B - Evan White - Kentucky

2B - Cole Freeman - LSU

3B - Jonathan India - Florida

SS - Dalton Guthrie - Florida

OF - Jake Mangum - Miss State

OF - Jeren Kendall - Vanderbilt

OF - Antoine DuPlantis - LSU

DH/UTL - J.J. Schwarz - Florida

SP - Alex Faedo - Florida

SP - Kyle Wright - Vanderbilt

RP - Tyler Johnson - South Carolina

SEC Pre-season 2nd Team

C - Jason Delay - Vanderbilt

1B - J.J. Schwarz - Florida

2B - Tate Blackman - Ole Miss

3B - Colby Bortles - Ole Miss

SS - Kramer Robertson - LSU

OF - Greg Deichmann - LSU

OF - Brent Rooker - LSU

OF - Luke Bonfield - Arkansas

DH/UTL - Alex Destino - South Carolina

SP - Alex Lange - LSU

SP - Tanner Houck - Missouri

RP - Matt Rupenthal - Vanderbilt


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