ROSEMONT, Illinois — Maryland was voted the preseason favorite to claim the 2017 Big Ten baseball championship as selected by the conference coaches and announced on Wednesday.
The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a preseason honors list. The Terrapins were followed in the preseason poll by Michigan in second place, No. 3 Nebraska, Indiana in fourth place, No. 5 Michigan State and Iowa and Minnesota tied for sixth place.
Big Ten preseason honors:
Illinois: Trent Hammond, INF, Sr.; Pat McInerney, INF, Sr.; Doran Turchin, OF, So. Indiana: Craig Dedelow, OF, Sr.; Luke Miller, So., INF; Logan Sowers, OF, Jr. Iowa: Nick Gallagher, SP, Jr.; Mason McCoy, INF, Sr.; Robert Neustrom, OF, So. Maryland: Marty Costes, OF, So.; Nick Dunn, INF, So.; Kevin Smith, INF, Jr. Michigan: Jake Bivens, INF, Jr.; Oliver Jaskie, SP, Jr.; Drew Lugbauer, INF, Jr. Michigan State: Matt Byars, C, Sr.; Brandon Hughes, OF, Jr.; Alex Troop, UTIL, So. Minnesota: Micah Coffey, INF, Jr.; Lucas Gilbreath, SP, Jr.; Terrin Vavra, INF, So. Nebraska: Chad Luensmann, RP, So.; Jake Meyers, UTIL, Jr.; Scott Schreiber, OF, Jr. Northwestern: Tommy Bordignon, SP, Jr.; Matt Hopfner, INF/OF, Sr.; Joe Schindler, SP, Sr. Ohio State: Seth Kinker, RP, Jr.; Yianni Pavlopoulos, SP/RP, Jr.; Jalen Washington, INF, Sr. Penn State: Sal Biasi, SP, Jr.; Willie Burger, IF, So.; Nick Riotto, OF, Sr. Purdue: Tanner Andrews, SP, Jr.; Nick Dalesandro, C, So.; Jacson McGowan, UTIL, So. Rutgers: Jawuan Harris, OF, So.; John O’Reilly, SP, Jr.; Kevin Welsh, INF, Fr.