Hogs crack top 25 at D1Baseball.com

Slipped into the rankings at #24. Not in any other ranking I can find.

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I was a little surprised to see that. We use the coaches’ poll as our official ranking for the newspaper and online. It’s a little different in that it does a preseason poll then doesn’t update until after the third week of the season, then every week afterward.

The ranking is pretty much meaningless at this point. We will definitely have a better idea of our team on Monday.

Our pitching, especially the bullpen, is erratic. I said this earlier, we have some guys who should be hitting but are not. I hope they get it in gear or they may be losing playing time. I am especially glad to see Jaxon Williams playing so well. You see this guy swing a bat and you know why he is doing well. We still have some guys who think they have to pull everything and think they need to lift the ball.

I am also thrilled with the performance, so far, of Evan Lee. He swings a good bat and his one inning of work in the top of the ninth Sunday looked really good. I wouldn’t want to put too much pressure on this young man but if I were Coach, I might be pitching him more. This kid just looks like a baseball player, a really good baseball player.

Arkansas also is ranked No. 20 in this week’s NCBWA poll: http://sportswriters.net/ncbwa/poll/index.html

I’ll withhold judgement on the bullpen until Isaiah Campbell works his way back into the fold. He is a front-end anchor they are missing right now, which requires an extra 5 to 8 innings each weekend by the bullpen.

I think you’ll see a lot of Evan Lee on the mound now that the midweek games are beginning.