SEC Baseball: Way-too-early power rankings for 2024 season

OMAHA, NEBRASKA - JUNE 24: Tommy White #47 of the LSU Tigers gestures to the dugout after being intentionally walked during the 10th inning of Game 1 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals against the Florida Gators at Charles Schwab Field on June 24, 2023 in Omaha, Nebraska. LSU defeated Florida 4-3. (Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - JUNE 24: Tommy White #47 of the LSU Tigers gestures to the dugout after being intentionally walked during the 10th inning of Game 1 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals against the Florida Gators at Charles Schwab Field on June 24, 2023 in Omaha, Nebraska. LSU defeated Florida 4-3. (Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Images) /
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2. Florida Gators

Having finished the 2023 season as the national runner-up, Florida sits in the No. 2 spot in our way-too-early 2024 SEC baseball power rankings. Finishing the year at 54-17 overall, a record that also included a 20-10 mark in SEC play to claim the conference’s co-regular season title, the Gators would go on a memorable run in the NCAA Tournament, but would fall one win short of a national title by falling to LSU in game three of the CWS Finals.

Looking ahead, the Gators are likely set to lose Wyatt Langford, Hursten Waldrep, Brandon Sproat, Josh Rivera, and others to the upcoming MLB Draft. Florida will however return a talented roster led by the arguable preseason favorite for SEC Player of the Year in two-way standout Jac Caglianone, along with others including Cade Kurland, Brandon Neely, and Luke Heyman, while also having added Alabama transfer Colby Shelton.

1. LSU Tigers

A team who held the No. 1 spot for a majority of the 2023 season in our power rankings, LSU also sits on top in our way-too-early 2024 SEC baseball power rankings as the Tigers now prepare to defend their national championship. Looking back at LSU’s 2023 campaign as well, the Tigers would finish the season at 54-17 overall to win the national title as mentioned previously, a record that also included a 19-10 mark in SEC play.

As the Tigers now prepare to defend their national title in 2024, LSU is set to lose both the SEC Player and Pitcher of the Year in Dylan Crews and Paul Skenes to the MLB Draft, along with a few others such as Ty Floyd, Grant Taylor, Tre’ Morgan, and more. Also back for LSU however will be a preseason candidate for SEC Player of the Year in Tommy White, who will be joined by others such as Jared Jones, Thatcher Hurd, Gavin Guidry, Paxton Kling, and more.

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