Baseball America's MAC Baseball Preview

McKinzie Field - Northern Illinois Athletics

They've got it all: the team to beat, top prospects, players to watch.

Baseball America has been releasing previews for each conference that plays at the Division-1 level. Today, they've released their preview for our beloved Mid-American Conference. Let's start by looking at who they think are the top 10 prospects in the MAC:

Pos.- Prospect (School) Eligible for 2014 Draft?
RHP- Jordan Foley (CMU) Yes
LHP- Brian Clark (Kent St) Yes
OF- Logan Regnier (CMU) No, 2015
LHP- Matt Trowbridge (CMU) Yes
RHP- Scott Baker (Ball St) Yes
3B- Zarley Zalewski (Kent St) No, 2015
SS- Andrew Sohn (WMU) Yes
OF- Nick Regnier (CMU) Yes
RHP- Alex Klonowski (NIU) Yes
OF- Matt Honchel (Miami) Yes

Team to beat: Central Michigan

Baseball America seems pretty big on the Chippewas. With four players in their list of top 10 prospects in the conference, Aaron Fitt says that "The Chippewas expect their pitching staff to be their deepest and most talented in the last decade, bookended by ace Jordan Foley and closer Matt Towbridge."

Player of the year: Andrew Sohn, SS, Western Michigan

This is why I'm glad BA exists, because I had no idea that Sohn was this noteworthy. But hey, he is the #7 prospect in the MAC. Looks like we'll be keeping our eyes peeled to see how he does this season as he enters his junior year.

Pitcher of the Year: Scott Baker, RHP, Ball State

Baker is really good. The ace for Ball State had a spectacular year as a true sophomore and is expected to be even better in 2014. Outside of Baker and Foley, be sure to follow other starting pitchers like Eli Anderson (NIU), Brian Clark (Kent State), Eric Lauer (Kent State), Sterling Sharp (Eastern Michigan) and Cody Agthorpe (BGSU).

Freshman of the Year: Eric Lauer, LHP, Kent State

Named #14 on BA's list of top 50 freshman in the nation, Lauer should have an immediate impact in the MAC. Lauer was drafted in the 17th round in the 2013 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.

You can read the rest of BA's MAC preview here.

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