15th-ranked Baylor Baseball will open the season on Friday against Holy Coss, with their highest expectations in some time.
“These guys have tasted success over the last several years,” Rogers said. “I think with the return of Cody Bradford and Davis Wendzel, Richard Cunningham, Shea Langeliers, T.J. Raguse, the list kind of goes on. This is a very experienced club.”
The bears return over 650 starts in their line-up and that experience could be pivotal for the Bears come tournament time.
“It’s one of the reasons why we had Baylor ranked, in the top 15,” Rogers said. “When you look at College baseball, in general, if you have seniors and you have juniors, littered throughout that roster, it usually pays dividends, especially when you have some premier talents, like Baylor does.”
There aren’t many questions with this Baylor team, except for maybe the bullpen as the Bears will have to replace several key pieces including Baylor’s career saves leader, Troy Montemayor. Rodgers says while that’s a bit of a question now, don’t expect it to be like that for long.
“I do feel like by the time, we get to the middle of May/late May, I have a feeling that Jon Strauss — who by the way has done a terrific job as the pitching coach — I think they’ll have things figured out on the back end, so right now it’s a question mark, but do I expect that to be the case in four months, probably not.”
The Bears will open the season on Friday evening against Holy Cross, with first pitch set for 6:35pm.
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