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Baseball America recently released their ‘Way Too Early’ Top 25 for 2021, and the Red Raiders came in at #2 in the country and #1 in the Big 12.
No surprise that Texas Tech is in the Top 5 in the way too early rankings after they were favorites to land in Omaha in 2020. Of course, by now, everyone knows that they had their season cut short due to COVID-19. The Red Raiders do have a few key departures from the program including RHP Clayton Beeter (drafted 66th overall by the Dodgers), RHP Bryce Bonnin (drafted 84th overall by the Reds), 2B Brian Klein (signed as a UDFA with the Nationals) and RHP John McMillon (signed as a UDFA with the Royals).
Texas Tech did lose some key members of the 2020 squad, but they still have some key returners set to make big impacts in 2021. RHP Micah Dallas will be at 100% and set to take on the Friday night starter role for the club alongside other projected rotation members in LHP Mason Montgomery and RHP Huner Dobbins. OF Dylan Neuse will be a foundation piece for a lineup that is set to include 3B Jace Jung, INF Nate Rombach, and SS Cal Conley.
Tech also has a loaded class set to embark on the 806. The Red Raiders only lost one commit, RHP Marco Raya, to the 2020 MLB draft. The class is loaded with talented arms. Tech has four pitchers ranked in the BA (Baseball America) Top 500 rankings set to hit campus this year. RHP Brandon Birdsell (145), RHP Levi Wells (211), RHP Chase Hampton (271), and RHP Brendan Girton (382). These guys will have a chance to make an immediate impact in their Freshman season as Red Raiders.
Here is the entire ‘Way Too Early’ Top 25 rankings for 2021 by Baseball America
- Texas Tech
- Ole Miss
- Florida State
- Mississippi State
- Georgia Tech
- North Carolina St
- Long Beach State
- Arizona State
- UC Santa Barbara
You can check out more info on the Baseball America ‘Way Too Early’ Top 25 for 2021 here: baseballamerica.com/rankings/college-baseball-top-25/