With college baseball season two weeks away, Nebraska has been gathering a steady collection of preseason awards. Nebraska, coming off a season in which they advanced to NCAA Regional play is ranked 20th by College Baseball Central. Nebraska was under consideration to be ranked by D1Baseball, and received votes from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
The Huskers, who are expected to content for the Big Ten Title are predicted to finish in the top three of the league by both D1, and Perfect Game. Perfect Game has the Huskers finishing second to Maryland in their preview. D1 has the Huskers finishing third behind both Michigan and Maryland.
Individuals garnering All-American honors include Jake Meyers and Chad Luensmann. Meyers was named a Rawlings Perfect Game All American, making the third team as a utility player. Meyers and Luensmann were both named third team All-Americans by the NCBWA.
Meyers who returns for his third season in Lincoln, will look to continue his success as the Sunday starter, while remaining in the field during the first part of weekend series. Meyers hit .326 last season with 12 doubles, 6 triples, and a pair of home runs while also leading the pitching staff with a 1.42 ERA in nine starts.
Expect Meyers to continue to play in the field during the first couple of games in the weekend, and then for him to pitch the final game of the weekend. Meyers, who was primarily used as a right fielder last season, may see extended time in center with the departure of Ryan Boldt. Darin Erstad has also suggested that Meyers could play some shortstop.
Luensmann, who recorded 13 of his 14 save opportunities last season will look to continue his climb into the elite relief pitchers in all of college baseball. Luensmann will probably not reach Josh Roeder’s Husker record of 33 career saves this season, but could challenge the single season record of 16 saves by Brett Jensen.
One player who did not get any preseason All-American love was Scott Schreiber. Schreiber who hit 16 home runs last season finished last year with an oblique injury that robbed him of the Big Ten Tournament, and the NCAA Regional games. If Schreiber can regain his form from last season, I would expect Scott to garner at least some consideration for All-American honors.
Nebraska will begin the 2017 season by traveling to Tempe, Arizona where they will face The University of California-Riverside Highlanders for four games at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Angels.