D1Baseball released their preseason predictions and they have Texas Tech as the #14 team in the nation heading into the 2017 season. Texas Tech finished 4th in the D1Baseball poll to end the year and lost a lot offensively. However, the Red Raiders return two freshmen All-Americans in Davis Martin and Steven Gingery to headline a very strong pitching staff.
— Texas Tech Baseball (@TTU_Baseball) January 17, 2017
As the official site notes, in addition to the return of Martin and Gingery, also returning is All-American outfielder Tanner Gardner:
The Red Raiders return 17 letterwinners from last year’s championship squad, including All-American outfielder Tanner Gardner and Freshman All-Americans Steven Gingery and Davis Martin.
Gardner became the 34th All-America honoree in school history with his nod from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) after tallying a team-high .379 batting average with 89 hits, including 19 doubles, six triples and three home runs, along with 35 RBI and 55 runs scored. He was also a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection.
Gingery and Martin became the 13th & 14th Freshman All-Americans in the program record books after a strong debut season in the scarlet & black. Gingery led the Red Raiders with 63 strikeouts after putting together a 4-2 record overall, including a spotless 3-0 conference record and a 1.85 ERA. Martin also had a clean Big 12 mark going 6-0 in league play on his way to a 10-1 overall record.
The Red Raiders are one of only two Big 12 teams in the preseason top 25. TCU is ranked #1 and other than the Red Raiders, there are no other Big 12 teams appearing.