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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 2/14/2024, Last updated: 2/16/2024
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Iowa Tops Big Ten Baseball Preseason Poll

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Iowa, coming off a program record-tying 44 wins, has been tabbed the favorite to win the 2024 Big Ten Championship, according to the Big Ten Preseason Poll released Wednesday. Balloting was conducted by the conference’s 13 head coaches.

Coaches also selected three student-athletes from their respective squads to comprise the 39-member Players to Watch List.

Iowa, Indiana and Maryland occupy the top three spots in the poll, all three programs participated in the 2023 NCAA Tournament. Rutgers, Nebraska and Michigan round out the poll which projected the top six spots. In preseason Top 20 polls, Iowa is ranked 16th by Perfect Game, 20th by Baseball America, USA Today and D1Baseball and 21st by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

The Big Ten Players to Watch List features nine players who earned All-Big Ten honors last season, including four from the first team — Indiana’s Devin Taylor, Iowa’s Brody Brecht and Sam Petersen and Rutgers’ Christian Coppola.

The Big Ten baseball season commences Friday with Big Ten games beginning March 22.

1. Iowa
2. Indiana
3. Maryland
4. Rutgers
5. Nebraska
6. Michigan

Jack CrowderIllinoisSr.RHPRomeoville, Ill.
Ryan Moerman ^IllinoisJr.OFLockport, Ill.
Logan TabelingIllinoisSr.RHPTuscola, Ill.
Connor FoleyIndianaSo.RHPJasper, Ind.
Devin Taylor +IndianaSo.OFCincinnati, Ohio
Brock Tibbitts ^IndianaJr.CNew Albany, Ohio
Brody Brecht +IowaJr.RHPAnkeny, Iowa
Marcus Morgan ^IowaJr.RHPIowa City, Iowa
Sam Petersen +IowaJr.OFHuxley, Iowa
Alex CalarcoMarylandJr.C/DHWilmette, Ill.
Chris HacopianMarylandFr.3BPotomac, Md.
Sam HojnarMarylandSr.2BNaperville, Ill.
Jonathan Kim *MichiganSo.CFBrookfield, Wis.
Dylan VigueMichiganFr.RHPLeominster, Mass.
Mitch VoitMichiganSo.RHP/1BWhitefish Bay, Wis.
Joseph DzierwaMichigan StateSo.LHPHaskins, Ohio
Jack FrankMichigan StateSr.OFStrongsville, Ohio
Nick PowersMichigan StateSr.LHPFlushing, Mich.
Brady CounsellMinnesotaJr.2BMilwaukee, Wis.
Weber NeelsMinnesotaSo.C/1BCottage Grove, Minn.
Connor WietgrefeMinnesotaJr.LHPPrior Lake, Minn.
Dylan CareyNebraskaSo.SSCastle Rock, Colo.
Gabe Swansen ^NebraskaJr.OFJohnston, Iowa
Will WalshNebraskaJr.UTLLeawood, Kan.
Tyler GanusNorthwesternGr.OFLos Angeles, Calif.
Owen McElfatrickNorthwesternSo.INFTampa, Fla.
Garrett ShearerNorthwesternFr.RHPO'Fallon, Ill.
Landon BeidelschiesOhio StateSo.LHPCanfield, Ohio
Gavin BruniOhio StateJr.LHPAlliance, Ohio
Henry KaczmarOhio StateSo.SSBath, Ohio
Adam CecerePenn StateGr.OFAdams Township, Pa.
J.T. MarrPenn StateGr.CFort Mill, S.C.
Bryce MolinaroPenn StateSo.INFDrums, Pa.
Mike Bolton Jr.Purdue5thOFChicago, Ill.
Connor CaskenettePurdueSr.CDuncan, British Columbia
Couper CornblumPurdueSr.OFWoodway, Texas
Christian Coppola +RutgersSo.RHPGalloway, N.J.
Josh Kuroda-GrauerRutgersJr.SSSomerset, N.J.
Tony Santa MariaRutgersSo.3BAbsecon, N.J.

+ 2023 All-Big Ten First Team
^ 2023 All-Big Ten Second Team
* 2023 All-Big Ten Third Team