Power rankings: Getting the season started

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Power Rankings: P | C | 1B | 2B/SS | 3B | OF | Coach

LSU finished last season on top of the college baseball world.

Perhaps the Tigers will experience much of the same this season.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri earned Rivals.com National Coach of the Year honors last season. He enters this season as the nation’s No. 1 coach. Texas’ Augie Garrido and Virginia’s Brian O’Connor are close behind.

Photo West Virginia’s Jedd Gyorko is one of the nation’s premier infielders.
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LSU pitcher Anthony Ranaudo also is No. 1 in his respective category. Ranaudo headlines a fantastic list of pitchers that includes Texas’ Taylor Jungmann, Arizona State’s Josh Spence, Georgia Tech’s Deck McGuire and Florida Gulf Coast’s Chris Sale.

Behind the plate, LSU’s Micah Gibbs comes in No. 3 while Ohio State’s Dan Burkhart is the headliner and Miami’s Yasmani Grandal is behind him at No. 2.

At first base, Tennessee slugger Cody Hawn hopes to help his team finally take a step forward this season. He leads the way in front of Florida’s Preston Tucker, Arkansas’ Andy Wilkins and Georgia Tech’s Tony Plagman.

The middle infield category is loaded with talent.

Cal State Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon has the top spot. West Virginia’s Jedd Gyorko, Alabama’s Ross Wilson and Fresno State’s Danny Muno follow him. Also keep an eye on Morehead State’s Drew Lee, who is one of the nation’s most underrated players.

Rice sophomore Anthony Rendon is the clear-cut leader at third base, but Kansas’ Tony Thompson is not far behind. Also watch Alabama’s Jake Smith, College of Charleston’s Joey Bergman and Arkansas’ Zack Cox.

In the outfield, Middle Tennessee State’s Bryce Brentz is coming off an incredible offensive campaign and leads the way. Florida State’s Tyler Holt and Virginia’s Jarrett Parker also are expected to have huge campaigns. Texas-Arlington’s Michael Choice is the mid-major outfielder to watch entering the spring.

We release our power rankings every week throughout the season.

Power Rankings: P | C | 1B | 2B/SS | 3B | OF | Coach

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Kendall Rogers is the college baseball editor for Yahoo! Sports and Rivals.com. Follow him on Twitter and follow Yahoo! Sports College Baseball on Facebook. Send Kendall a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Updated Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010