Razorbacks predicted 3rd in SEC West; 4 on preseason All-SEC team

By: Matt Jones
Published: Thursday, February 7, 2019
An Arkansas baseball hat and glove sit in the dugout prior to a game between the Razorbacks and Kentucky on Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Fayetteville.
Photo by Andy Shupe
An Arkansas baseball hat and glove sit in the dugout prior to a game between the Razorbacks and Kentucky on Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Fayetteville.

— Arkansas has been picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference Western Division by the league’s baseball coaches.

The Razorbacks are predicted to finish behind LSU and Ole Miss in the division. Arkansas tied for the division championship with Ole Miss last year.

LSU received 10 first-place votes by coaches, but Arkansas, Ole Miss, Auburn and Texas A&M all received one first-place vote. The Razorbacks also received a vote to win the overall league championship, which they have not won since 2004.

Vanderbilt was picked to win the SEC East and the league championship. The Commodores received six first-place votes, followed by LSU with five, Florida with two and Arkansas.

Coaches cannot vote for their own teams and the ballots are not made public.

Four Arkansas players - shortstop Casey Martin, pitcher Matt Cronin and outfielders Heston Kjerstad and Dominic Fletcher - were voted to the preseason All-SEC first team.

2019 SEC Coaches Poll

Eastern Division

1 Vanderbilt (9) - 87

2 Florida (4) - 81

3 Georgia (1) - 68

4 South Carolina - 53

5 Tennessee - 40

6 Kentucky - 30

7 Missouri - 26

Western Division

1 LSU (10) - 88

2 Ole Miss (1) - 65

3 Arkansas (1) - 59

4 Auburn (1) - 57

5 Texas A&M (1) - 48

6 Mississippi State - 47

7 Alabama - 21

2019 Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team

First Team


C: Philip Clarke, Vanderbilt


1B: Cole Zabowski, Ole Miss


2B: Austin Martin, Vanderbilt*


2B: Noah Campbell, South Carolina*


3B: Aaron Schunk, Georgia

SS: Casey Martin, Arkansas

OF: Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas


OF: Dominic Fletcher, Arkansas


OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State


DH/UTL: T.J. Collett, Kentucky


SP: Tanner Burns, Auburn


SP: Zack Thompson, Kentucky


RP: Matt Cronin, Arkansas

Second Team


C: Mason Meadows, Georgia


1B: Tanner Allen, Mississippi State


2B: LJ Talley, Georgia


3B: Tyler Keenan, Ole Miss


SS: Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M

OF: JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt


OF: Antoine Duplantis, LSU

OF: Daniel Cabrera, LSU


DH/UTL: Aaron Schunk, Georgia*


DH/UTL: Chase Cockrell, Ole Miss*


SP: John Doxakis, Texas A&M

SP: Tyler Dyson, Florida


RP: Parker Caracci, Ole Miss

*-Denotes voting tie

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