Monday, February 8, 2016

USA Softball Top 50 PreSeason Watch List Released

The annual offering of the Top 50 Player of the Year watch-list was released last week. Among the members of the list were representatives of the quintet of Power Five conferences, as well as the MAAC, Big Sky, Sun Belt, Colonial Athletic, Conference USA, Atlantic Sun, Southland, Big West, American, and SWAC.

The SEC continued their recent dominance of the sport in recent years by placing fifteen players on the list. The conference's contingent was led by three players each from Georgia and LSU, while twice-defending champions Florida tied with the Crimson Tide of Alabama and Auburn in placing two players on the list. South Carolina, Tennessee, and Missouri all placed one roster member on the watch list.

Historically-top conference Pac-12 placed nine players on the list, showing off a lot of parity with representatives from six of the nine teams. Cal, UCLA, and Oregon all placed two players on the list while Washington, Stanford, and Arizona were represented by a single player each.

2015 championship runners-up Michigan placed a trio of players on the watch list, including likely preseason favorite to win the award, infielder Sierra Romero.

Placing multiple players on the list, as well, were Oklahoma; James Madison; and Louisiana-Lafayette. Teams represented by a single player on the watch list included Baylor; Cal State Fullerton; Florida Atlantic; Florida State; Georgia State; Idaho State; Manhattan; Marshall; McNeese State; Minnesota; Nebraska; North Carolina; Notre Dame; Savannah State; Texas; UCF; and USC-Upstate.

The watch-list included twenty-five seniors; fifteen juniors; and ten sophomores. USC-Upstate junior hurler Lexi Shubert was mislabeled as a sophomore on the ASA/USA press release.

All twelve returning first-team all-Americans from a year ago made the list. Six returning players did not make the watch list after receiving all-American awards after last season.

The full alphabetical list of Watch List members can be found here:
Ali Aguilar, IF, Washington
Annie Aldrete, C, Cal
Bianka Bell, SS, LSU
Allexis Bennett, OF, UCLA
Megan Betsa, P, Michigan
Kayla Bonstrom, 1B, Stanford
Elena Bowman, C, Manhattan
Kristen Brown, IF, North Carolina
Kacie Burnett, OF, Idaho State
Jessica Burroughs, P, Florida State
Emily Carosone, 2B, Auburn
Kelly Christner, OF, Michigan
Kasey Cooper, 3B, Auburn
Emily Crane, OF, Missouri
Ivie Drake, C, Georgia State
Lexie Elkins, C, Louisiana-Lafayette
Cortni Emanuel, IF, Georgia
Jailyn Ford, P/UT, James Madison
Shelby Friudenberg, IF, Baylor
Rainey Gaffin, P/UT, Tennessee
Megan Good, P, James Madison
Sara Groenewegen, P, Minnesota
Kylee Hanson, P, Florida Atlantic
Cheridan Hawkins, P, Oregon
Carley Hoover, P, LSU
Alex Hugo, 2B, Georgia
Jazmyn Jackson, OF, Cal
Bailey Landry, OF, LSU
Shellie Landry, OF, Louisiana-Lafayette
Jenna Lilley, IF, Oregon
Katiyana Mauga, IF, Arizona
Hailey McCleney, OF, Alabama
Erin Miller, OF, Oklahoma
Aubree Munro, C, Florida
Alexis Osorio, P, Alabama
Alaynie Page, OF, South Carolina
Paige Parker, P, Oklahoma
Erika Piancastelli, C, McNeese State
Sierra Romero, IF, Michigan
Lexi Shubert, P, USC-Upstate
Delaney Spaulding, IF, UCLA
Lindsey Stephens, OF, Texas
Kelsey Stewart, 2B, Florida
Kiki Stokes, OF, Nebraska
Missy Taukeiaho, IF, Cal State Fullerton
Shelby Turnier, P, UCF
Karley Wester, OF, Notre Dame
Chelsea Wilkinson, P, Georgia
Torrian Wright, IF, Savannah State
Morgan Zerkle, OF, Marshall

1 comment:

  1. So how many of the seniors do you think will go on to the NPF this summer?