The weekend of February 17th is quickly approaching, the most important note, Division 1 baseball is back! Finally!
As my Missouri College Rankings continue to be unveiled over the next few weeks the Division 1 schools of the state might have the most interesting story entering the 2017 season.
Last year when Missouri teams matched up against each other the winning teams combined for a run total of 83 in 7 games. The losing teams only matching 28 runs. That would be an 83-28 final if one were to put all 7 games into one, absolutely nuts for the winning side!
Mizzou was on the losing side of some of those Missouri vs. Missouri blowouts, thus in part resulting in the hiring of Steve Bieser this offseason. Bieser a former pro ballplayer has worked his way up the ladder to now approaching his first year in the SEC. Bieser started off coaching at Vianney High School in Kirkwood, Missouri when his pro career had been put away.
After a very successful tenure at Vianney, he moved on to coach at Southeast Missouri State. Taking Semo to a 39-21 overall record last year, Bieser was lured to Mizzou. I have very high expectations for the Tigers this year as Bieser has put together a fantastic staff and should start to recruit to the level a team needs to compete in the SEC.
Mizzou will grab my top ranking for the Meyer Angle D1 Preseason poll, but they didn’t run away with it. I think Missouri State will be there to compete for the top ranking this spring. Mo-state brought in a fantastic class of recruits and returns my Missouri top SS for the 2018 season Jeremy Eierman. Eierman started all 59 games as a freshman last year batting .296 with 9 homers.
Additionally to Eierman, one can’t mention Missouri State without mentioning 2nd team preseason All American Jake Burger. Burger ranked #10 in my preseason top 50 MLB draft prospects for the 2017 season after he batted .349 with 21 homers as a sophomore and then took part in USA baseball last summer.
Mizzou and Missouri State were tough to decide who will hail #1, but I will start off 2017 with Mizzou, things could change quickly is Mo-state plays how I think they will.
- Missouri – (26-30) (9-20) [Plays in the SEC Conference]
- Missouri State – (38-21) (6-12) [Plays in the Missouri Valley Conference]
- Southeast Missouri State – (39-21) (22-8) [Plays in the Ohio Valley Conference]
- St. Louis – (26-31) (14-9) [Plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference]
*All records from the 2016 Season.