Posted by: bhyman | April 22, 2008

A New Top 25

It’s a new look and a new name here at Real Baseball Intelligence and to celebrate, we’re switching to a new top 25 rankings. We had been using Baseball America’s Top 25, which is compiled by Baseball America’s staff. From here on out, we’ll use the top 25 teams from Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rankings. Boyd uses a mathematical formula similar to the RPI to compile his list. Here are his top 25 teams (record in parenthesis):

  1. Arizona State (31-6)
  2. California (26-10)
  3. Miami (33-4)
  4. Florida State (34-5)
  5. UC Irvine (24-9)
  6. Nebraska (28-7)
  7. Stanford (21-12)
  8. Arizona (25-11)
  9. Cal State Fullerton (23-13)
  10. San Diego (31-11)
  11. Oklahoma State (27-11)
  12. North Carolina (34-7)
  13. Oregon State (18-13)
  14. Long Beach State (23-14)
  15. Texas A&M (33-7)
  16. Rice (31-10)
  17. UC Davis (25-13)
  18. Pepperdine (25-13)
  19. UC Santa Barbara (27-11)
  20. Oral Roberts (27-8 )
  21. Santa Clara (21-15)
  22. Georgia (27-12)
  23. Wichita State (30-7)
  24. Missouri (28-10)
  25. Dallas Baptist (26-10)

Several teams are ranked quite differently in the two lists. Arizona is ranked eighth by Boyd Nation but only 23rd in the new Baseball America rankings. Arizona was ranked preseason #2 by Baseball America but lost six in a row in late March. However, all of those losses were to teams currently in the top 30 of Boyd Nation’s rankings and the Wildcats are currently riding a ten game winning streak. On the other hand, South Carolina is ranked #12 by Baseball America but narrowly misses Boyd Nation’s top 25 (the Gamecocks are ranked 26th). South Carolina was swept by Georgia, the only team to make Boyd’s top 25 but has feasted on the bottom dwellers in the SEC.

In honor of the switch to the new rankings, here are the weekend stat lines for the best prospects at the top ranked schools:

  • Brett Wallace (vs. #13 Oregon State): 5-11, 5 R, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SO
  • Yonder Alonso (@ #4 Florida State): 5-9, 7 R, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SO
  • Dennis Raben (@ #4 Florida State): 5-12, 5 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 0 SO
  • Jemile Weeks (@ #4 Florida State): 5-12, 5 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SO
  • Buster Posey (vs. #3 Miami): 5-10, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 0 SO
  • Tyson Ross (vs. Washington): 7 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 5 SO, 3 BB
  • Scott Gorgen (vs. UC Riverside): 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 14 SO, 2 BB
  • Bryce Stowell (vs. UC Riverside): 6.2 IP, 4 ER, 10 H, 9 SO, 1 BB
  • Preston Guilmet (vs. Washington State): 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 4 SO, 2 BB
  • Ryan Perry (vs. Washington State): 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 SO, 3 BB (in two relief appearances)
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