Baseball America has started to release it's college baseball preview. Now, in light of any possible plagerism/copyright lawsuit and because I actually pay to read this stuff, I'm only going to share some tidbits of information from their website. If you desire more, I strongly encourage you to subscribe or find a copy of their annual preview (which has apparently already come and gone of my bookstores' shelves).
Ohio State was BA's choice to claim the Big Ten title. Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has the Buckeyes selected to win the Big Ten, as well. Just as it appears Texas will be a consensus number one team heading into the season, Ohio State is clearly everyone's choice to grab the Big Ten.
Only one Big Ten athlete made Baseball America's Top 50 freshman. Much heralded Zach Putnam of Michigan was considered the fourth best freshman baseball player in the land. Obviously, a great deal is going to be expected from this first year phenom.
Conversely, not a single Big Ten player managed to get on Baseball America's Top 50 sophomore list. I thought Cory Luebke, Ohio State, might merit a selection, but he didn't make it. I also found it odd that Collegiate Baseball left Luebke off their "Others To Watch" list for the Big Ten. Must have been an oversight, the kid's pretty good.
Just as he did with Collegiate Baseball, Mitch Hilligoss was BA's pre-season choice as Player of the Year in the Big Ten. While Collegiate Baseball named Iowa's Tim Gudex as it's Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, Baseball America went with Minnesota's John Gaub. BA also considers Gaub the best MLB prospect in the conference.