4. Arkansas Razorbacks
A team who had a strong regular season, but would have a disappointing finish to the year, Arkansas sits at the No. 4 spot. The Razorbacks would conclude the season with a 43-18 overall record that ended in the Fayetteville Regional of the NCAA Tournament, with their in-conference regular season also including a 20-10 mark that claimed Arkansas the SEC baseball co-regular season title.
Arkansas is also set to likely lose a noteworthy amount of production to the upcoming MLB Draft, as Jace Bohrofen, Hunter Hollan, Jaxon Wiggins, and Tavian Josenberger are all among those that could potentially hear their names called in the early rounds. Set to return for the 2023 SEC Coach of the Year Dave Van Horn and the Razorbacks however is First Team All-SEC pitcher Hagen Smith, along with others including Kendall Diggs and Gage Wood.
3. Tennessee Volunteers
Coming in at No. 3 is Tennessee, as the Volunteers are the first of three SEC baseball teams on this list who made the College World Series this past season. The Volunteers would finish the season with a 44-22 overall record, one that also included a 16-14 mark in SEC play, and would win both the Clemson Regional and Hattiesburg Super Regional on the road in the NCAA Tournament to make it to Omaha.
Similar to last season, Tennessee will be tasked with replacing a significant amount of production, as the likes of Chase Dollander, Maui Ahuna, Jared Dickey, and Andrew Lindsey are all likely early round MLB Draft picks, while another prominent name in Chase Burns has entered the transfer portal. Set to return for the Volunteers are others that include Drew Beam, Christian Moore, and Blake Burke, while Tennessee has also been active in the transfer portal so far by adding NC State catcher Cannon Peebles.