Oklahoma is about to start the 112th baseball season in school history and by all accounts it has the potential to be extremely special. With a deep roster of returning talent from last season's College World Series team the Sooners are poised to make another run at Omaha. The first step is going to be solid defensive play, as well as offensive production, from an infield that returns starters at every position. Here's a look.
Catcher - Tyler Ogle: A junior from San Antonio, Ogle started 42 games behind home plate last season. For the season he batted .331 with 11 homeruns and 46 RBIs. He caught fire on the way to the World Series and led Oklahoma with a .452 post season batting average.
First Base - Cameron Seitzer: A junior from Overland Park, Kansas, Seitzer could be the best pro prospect on the team. Last season he started 63 games at first base. He batted .305 for the season with 16 homeruns and 53 RBIs. His 16 homers tied for 3rd most in the conference.
Second Base - Max White: Started 52 games last season as a true freshman and appeared in a total of 62 games. Only 5 of those starts were at second base where White is slated to play this season. In 2010 he batted .293 with 15 homeruns and 43 RBIs.
Shortstop - Caleb Bushyhead: A junior from Mannford, Oklahoma, Bushyhead was the only Oklahoma baseball player to appear in every game of 2010. Sixty seven of those appearances were starts at shortstop. He batted .327 for the season with 6 homeruns and 40 RBIs.
Third Base - Garrett Buechele: A junior from Arlington, Texas, Buechele is in the same breath as Seitzer as the team's best pro prospect. He started 65 games last season at third base for the Sooners. He batted .359 on the season with 17 homeruns and 65 RBIs.
Caleb Bushyhead will miss the non-conference season while rehabbing his knee from a torn ACL. His spot will be filled by sophomore Jack Mayfield who had a combined five infield starts between second and third base. Bushyhead will be missed but this is an infield that's way ahead of where it was going into last season. Second baseman Danny Black is the only player missing from the 2010 infield. The team is still a bit on the young side but the experience they return with in 2011 is priceless.