Continuing our countdown today we come to the man anchoring first base, Cameron Warren. The senior from Oklahoma looks to have a great year for the Red Raiders and will look to have a larger role in the offense this season. Warren’s numbers were good last season, his first as a constant starter, but this season he is primed to take a large step up for the team.
Warren started all 63 games for the Red Raiders, 61 of those at first base. His numbers were very impressive in his first year as a starter as he batted .326, including 70 hits, 10 home-runs, and 53 RBI. He batted in the middle of the lineup most games and usually batted fifth or sixth in the lineup after big bats Grant Little and Zach Rheams, neither are still with the program as they were both drafted after last season.
Warren’s defensive numbers were just as impressive as his offensive numbers. He recorded 524 putouts and had a fielding percentage of 98.9%. He anchored the infield with his sure hands and great reflexes on the left side of the infield. No matter who plays second base and shortstop, Warren will be a solid asset on the defensive side of the ball.
I see Warren batting fourth or fifth in the lineup as he will be one of the better power hitters in the lineup. He will pair great with a great hitter in Josh Jung who will probably bat third in the lineup. While Warren might see some time in the outfield or at the designated hitter spot, I see him firmly locking down the first base spot this season.