TCU is ranked No. 1 in Baseball America’s preseason poll for the first time ever. The No. 1 ranking is TCU’s fourth, as they also sit atop the D1Baseball, Collegiate Baseball, and Perfect Game polls.
With 22 lettermen returning from a team that advanced to the College World Series for the third year in a row, Texas Christian opens the 2017 season ranked No. 1 in Baseball America’s Preseason Top 25 college baseball rankings.
It is the first time the Horned Frogs have ever topped the rankings and the eighth straight season they are ranked in the Preseason Top 25. Previously, TCU’s best ranking was No. 3, which they most recently achieved in 2016’s final Top 25.
TCU’s mix of dominant pitching, power hitting, speed, and defensive prowess will make them a force this season.
The Frogs return eight of nine everyday players from last year’s team that led the Big 12 Conference in scoring at 7.0 runs per game. Even the one “new” starter isn’t really new, as Nolan Brown steps into center field after taking a medical redshirt last season due to a hand injury. Brown started everyday in right field and hit .302/.371/.373 in 2015, and he should be a difference-making defensive player in center.
Ezra Tu’ua is the definition of an “under-the-radar” prospect, having only seen offers come in from Central Arkansas, and, after TCU’s offer, Ole Miss. The JUCO product is in his mid-20s, as he went on an LDS mission out of high school, but is a massive pickup at a position of need for TCU.
TCU has added some beef on defense, with the commitment of junior college defensive tackle Ezra Tu’ua, a 6-foot-2, 315-pound defensive tackle from Los Angeles Harbor College.
Kyle Hicks and two former TCU football players were arrested at Whataburger over the weekend. The FWST reported that a fight had been called in at about 2:40 in the morning. TCU is officially “looking into it.”
Hicks, a junior from Arlington Martin, earned all-Big 12 honorable mention this season, leading the Horned Frogs with 1,082 rushing yards. He scored 14 touchdowns and had a team-high 47 catches.