A lot of the top starters were drafted and signed this year. Among them:
• Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox of Georgia
• Asa Lacy and Christian Roa of Texas A&M
• Garrett Crochet of Tennessee
• JT Ginn of Mississippi State
• Carmen Mlodzinski of South Carolina
• Mason Hickman of Vanderbilt
• Cole Henry of LSU
• Tanner Burns of Auburn
• Ian Bedell of Missouri
Vanderbilt will return two great starters in Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter, a freshman this year who was going to be really good. Leiter is Al Leiter’s son. Hugh Fisher is an intriguing left hander who should be back from Tommy John recovery, but I don’t know if Vandy plans to start him.
Florida gets back Jack Leftwich and Tommy Mace, who both went unsigned after they were drafted this year. That staff always seems to be loaded.
Ole Miss will return Doug Nikhazy and Gunnar Hoglund, as well as Austin Miller, the power arm at the back end.
I think Mississippi State could have a strong rotation with Christian McLeod and Eric Cerantola, and possibly Will Bednar, who has been used more as a reliever.
Jaden Hill, who is from Ashdown, is back at LSU and should be a first-round pick in the next draft. LSU also has back Landon Marceaux and Mah’kail Hilliard with starter experience.
Texas A&M always seems to have good lefty starters, and Chris Weber and Jonathan Childress should provide that again next year.
Brannon Jordan and Thomas Farr are a couple of good pitchers back at South Carolina.
Jonathan Cannon was a big-time arm in Georgia’s bullpen who might transition into a starter role with Hancock and Wilcox gone. The same might be said of Richard Fitts at Auburn.