Consolidated Weekly College Baseball Rankings – March 11, 2015

We’re trying something new at Prospect Junkies.  In years past we’ve done our own Top 25 ranking. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of work.  However, as college baseball’s popularity continues to trend upward, the quality of coverage has also improved.  There are a number of sites that publish a Top 25 ranking and rather than duplicating an article with my own rankings that would differ only slightly, I thought it would be better to come up with an analytical system by averaging out the lists of some of the more highly regarded websites that cover the sport we love.

First, a few details on how the system works.  It’s quite simple, we’re taking an average of five industry leading websites (listed in the “Key” below) and consolidating them to form our Prospect Junkies rankings.  Some of the sites we selected rank 30 teams each week while others only rank 25 and we assigned those values to each website accordingly.  Each team that was ranked on at least one list is entered on the left most column. If that team was not ranked by a particular publication, they’re assigned the value of 31 as leaving it blank would positively skew the results.  Now that we have the math out of the way, let’s look at the rankings themselves.

Let’s start with our inaugural top ranked team, Virginia.  While lacking a signature series win, the 12-1 Cavaliers are led by premier MLB Draft pitching prospects Nathan Kirby (3-1, 0.71 ERA) and Connor Jones (4-0, 0.78 ERA).

As demonstrated below, Virginia’s superior ranking was far from unanimous, as Florida (14-2) and LSU (15-1) also received first place votes and TCU earned an average just six tenths of a point away from the top spot.

Vanderbilt (12-4), the defending National Champions, and consensus preseason #1 has battled injuries and not yet knocked off the winter rust, going 1-2 in last weekend’s Dodgertown Classic including losses to TCU and USC.           

Consolidated Weekly College Baseball Rankings
NCBWA
BA
PG
D1
USA Today
Average
PJ*
Virginia
1
3
2
3
1
2
1
Florida
4
2
1
1
3
2.2
2
TCU
2
4
3
2
2
2.6
3
LSU
3
1
4
4
4
3.2
4
Vanderbilt
6
5
5
5
5
5.2
5
Oregon
5
8
6
8
6
6.6
6
South Carolina
7
7
7
7
8
7.2
7
Texas A&M
8
10
10
6
7
8.2
8
UCLA
9
11
9
14
9
10.4
9
UCF
12
6
15
9
10
10.4
10
North Carolina
11
17
12
11
14
13
11
Rice
10
12
24
10
11
13.4
12
Louisville
18
13
8
15
15
13.8
13
USC
14
9
23
13
12
14.2
14
Texas Tech
13
14
18
24
16
17
15
Florida State
17
18
11
21
18
17
16
Mississippi State
15
15
22
22
13
17.4
17
Texas
16
22
19
18
16
18.2
18
Arizona State
20
16
25
12
19
18.4
19
UC Santa Barbara
23
21
14
17
21
19.2
20
Miami (FL)
19
19
13
31
20
20.4
21
Florida Atlantic
22
31
20
20
22
23
22
Houston
21
24
21
25
31
24.4
23
Maryland
25
31
31
16
23
25.2
24
Illinois
29
25
31
19
25
25.8
25
Oregon State
30
31
17
31
24
26.6
26
Dallas Baptist
26
20
31
31
31
27.8
27
Cal State Fullerton
31
23
31
23
31
27.8
28
Arkansas
31
31
16
31
31
28
29
Oklahoma State
24
31
31
31
31
29.6
30
Arizona
27
31
31
31
31
30.2
31
San Diego St.
28
31
31
31
31
30.4
32

Key
NCBWA
National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
BA
Baseball America
PG
Perfect Game
D1
D1Baseball.com
USA Today
USA Today Coaches Poll
PJ
Prospect Junkies Consolidated Rank
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