LSU junior outfielder Daniel Cabrera and sophomore first baseman Cade Beloso picked up some accolades Thursday after being named preseason All-SEC first-team by the 14 league coaches.
Also, the coaches voted the Tigers to finish tied for third in the SEC West with Auburn. LSU received three first-place votes while West Division favorite Arkansas received five and Mississippi State received four.
Cabrera, who was also named as a preseason first team All-American by Baseball America, hit .284 last year with 12 home runs and doubles with a pair of triples. His .516 slugging percentage was second only to former Tigers’ shortstop Josh Smith, who was taken in the second round by the Yankees in the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft.
During the off-season, Cabrera was awarded the No. 8 jersey given to an LSU upperclassman deemed as a team leader on and off the field.
Beloso started 58 games as a freshman, mostly at first base, and hit .279 with 10 home runs and three triples.
Beloso, Cabrera, and former No. 8 Antoine Duplantis were the only Tigers on the 2019 team with more than 50 RBI. Beloso finished with 52, Cabrera with 50, and Duplantis with a team-leading 62.
Arkansas leads the league with four players named to the preseason first team. They are catcher Casey Opitz, shortstop Casey Martin, outfielder Heston Kjerstad, and designated hitter/utility Matt Goodheart.
Defending national champion Vanderbilt was picked by the coaches to win the league and the SEC East, getting eight and nine-first place votes respectively.
LSU did not receive a conference champion vote.
2020 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Vanderbilt (9) – 87
2. Florida (3) – 77
3. Georgia (2) – 76
4. Tennessee – 50
5. South Carolina – 48
6. Missouri – 32
7. Kentucky – 22
1. Arkansas (5) – 82
2. Mississippi State (4) – 73
T3. LSU (3) – 67
T3. Auburn (2) – 67
5. Texas A&M – 44
6. Ole Miss – 38
7. Alabama – 21
SEC Champion: Vanderbilt (8), Florida (2), Arkansas (1), Auburn (1), Georgia (1), Mississippi State (1)
2020 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team
C: Casey Opitz, Arkansas
1B: Cade Beloso, LSU*
1B: T.J. Collett, Kentucky*
2B: Justin Foscue, Mississippi State
3B: Austin Martin, Vanderbilt
SS: Casey Martin, Arkansas
OF: Daniel Cabrera, LSU
OF: Alerick Soularie, Tennessee
OF: Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
DH/UTL: Matt Goodheart, Arkansas
SP: Emerson Hancock, Georgia
SP: Asa Lacy, Texas A&M
RP: Tyler Brown, Vanderbilt
C: Ty Duvall, Vanderbilt
1B: Josh Hatcher, Mississippi State*
1B: Rankin Woley, Auburn*
2B: Noah Campbell, South Carolina*
2B: Harrison Ray, Vanderbilt*
2B: Riley King, Georgia*
3B: Tyler Keenan, Ole Miss
SS: Jordan Westburg, Mississippi State
OF: Jud Fabian, Florida
OF: Tyler Gentry, Alabama
OF: Rowdey Jordan, Mississippi State*
OF: Zach DeLoach, Texas A&M*
DH/UTL: Tanner Allen, Mississippi State
SP: Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt
SP: Tanner Burns, Auburn
RP: Cody Greenhill, Auburn
*Tie (ties are not broken)