The combination of nine starters returning and the third best recruiting class in the country has the Arizona St. Sun Devils ranked 16th in the NCAA college baseball rankings.
Arizona St. Sun Devils baseball will begin its 2013 campaign in a similar position its 2012 season ended. The NCAA baseball rankings were released Thursday and the Sun Devils find themselves ranked 16th in the country, which is where they were ranked when their season ended last year against the Arizona Wildcats.
The Sun Devils return most of their core from last year's 36-20 team. Anchoring the team's pitching rotation is First Team All-America pitcher Trevor Williams. Nine starters from last season will be back, including catcher Max Rossiter and infielder James McDonald, both of whom were All-Conference, as well as third baseman Michael Benjamin and outfielder Trever Allen. The Sun Devils will also welcome in the number three ranked recruiting class in the country.
Arizona St. has their annual scrimmage scheduled for Saturday, February 9th before starting their season in earnest with a three game series against Bethune Cookman. That series starts Friday, February 15th.