Kendall Rogers from D1 Baseball has your preview of up the preseason #16 team in the nation, your . In addition to the work that Mike is doing previewing the team, Rogers is pretty high on Texas Tech and thinks they can definitely make another College World Series run. Make sure and go read the whole thing, but here's a bit on the hitting and the experience and intangibles of the team.
Hitting: 55. Not flashy, but effective, is the best way to describe this Texas Tech offense. The Red Raiders return several key cogs from a lineup that finished last season with a .285 batting average. Gutierrez leads the charge with good power and a consistent approach, while Burleson and Proudfoot are guys more than capable of hitting around .300 this spring, as Proudfoot finished last season with a batting average slightly over .300. There's also Neslony and Smith, who each showed stints of greatness at times last year. Tech feels like Lyons will take a big step forward following his summer at the New England Collegiate League, while freshman center fielder Gardner could be an immediate contributor with a good approach and athleticism. Tech should be more consistent in 2015.
Experience/Intangibles: 65. As we've said about some other teams in this feature, there's no substitute for experience - something the Red Raiders have a lot of entering the 2015 campaign. Texas Tech welcomes back several seasoned arms, including Dusek, while offensively, the return of Gutierrez and others is massive both from a production and leadership standpoint. Texas Tech isn't void of holes, but they are few, and all the pieces are there to make yet another run toward the College World Series.