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SA – ‘Way to Early” Top 100 Softball Players for 2021
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 Posted: Thu Sep 10th, 2020 09:11 pm

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Softball America published their Top 100 Softball Players for the spring season of D1 softball last week. They admit that it is way too early to do so, but it does give fans of D1 softball something to talk about.

I thought it would be a good comparison to compare this list with the Top 100 players from the shortened season of 2020 to see what changed, who was dropped and who was added.

The Top 100 for the shortened season of 2020 included four (4) Sooners. Alo was at #27 (.427, .506, .813), Hansen at #35 (.413, .477, .653). Lyons at #41 (.375, .435, .681) and Green at #84 (.338, .409, .459). Only two other players could have perhaps been included in Elam (9 HRs and 22 RBIs) and Saile (8-3 with 5 saves and a 1.80 ERA).

The teams with the most players included in the Top 100 were:
LSU - 8 players – ranging from #74 to #96
UCLA – 6 players – ranging from #1 to #98
Washington – 6 players – ranging from #8 to #89
Texas – 5 players – ranging from #2 to #99
Arizona – 5 players – ranging from #5 to #82
Florida – 5 players = ranging from #10 – 79
Arizona State – 4 players – ranging from #6 to #66
Alabama – 4 players – ranging from #19 to #100
Oklahoma State – 4 players – ranging from #21 to #61
Oklahoma – 4 players – ranging from 327 to #84

There were 9 freshman included in the Top 100 players for 2020. Kinzie Hansen was the lone Sooner in that group at #35 which was the second highest rated freshman. V Cagle P/UT for Clemson was rated as the #28 player.

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For the 2021 season the Sooners have 7 players included in the Top 100 players. They are:
Alo at #19, Hansen at #29, Juarez at #41, Lyons at #48, Green at #77, J Coleman at #89 and Mendes at #96. Surprisingly, that list of players does not include Jana Johns who is transferring from South Carolina to the Sooners and was perhaps the best 3rd baseman in the SEC.

Jayda Coleman (INF/OF) and Bailey Downing #98 (INF) for Alabama were the only two true freshman on the list. Coleman and Dowling were the top two recruits from 2020 by Softball America.

The Sooners were one of three teams with 7 players listed in the Top 100 players for the upcoming spring season. Here are the top 11 teams:
UCLA – 7 players – ranging from #1 to #44 including 2 pitchers
Oklahoma – 7 players – ranging from #19 to #96 including 1 pitcher
Alabama – 7 players – ranging from #24 to #98 including 2 pitchers
Washington – 6 players – ranging from #5 to #85 including 2 pitchers
LSU – 6 players – ranging from #66 to #91 including 3 pitchers
Texas – 5 players – ranging from #2 to #97 including 2 pitchers
Arizona – 5 players – ranging from #3 to #76 including 1 pitcher (Lopez)
Arizona State – 4 players – ranging from #4 to #71 including 1 pitcher
Florida – 4 players – ranging from #14 to #79 including 1 pitcher
Oklahoma State – 4 players – ranging from #15 to #60 including 1 pitcher
Florida State – 4 players – ranging from #47 to #100 including 2 pitchers

There were a total of 18 players that were included in the 2021 list that was not in the 2020 list. The three Olympic players, Garcia #1, Mulipola #11 and Nickels #18 were the 3 highest rated new players. Giselle Juarez was the next highest new player for 2021 at #41.

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I think the take away from the Top 100 for 2021 is that the Sooners are in very good shape for the upcoming season. I addition to the 7 players included in the list of 100 players, the Sooners also have three players that were left out that will impact the Sooners in 2021. Nicole May and Tiare Jennings are going to be very good freshman for the Sooners. I have already mentioned Jana Johns above. That is 10 players for the Sooners without counting talented players such as Saile, Elam, Snow and Boone that could be big contributors for Oklahoma.

I do not see any other team with as many players that will impact 2021 except UCLA, Texas and Washington. The top 5 teams in 2021 will be very competitive. The Big 12 will be also.

If they get to play, it will be great to watch.

Boomer Sooner!

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In what I consider a pretty shocking piece of news from the softball world. Today there is a new entry into the softball portal.

Skylar Wallace #2 SOPH - Alabama.

She was the #88 Player on the 2021 Way-to-Early Player Ratings. She is a very good MIF and has started in the OF, 2B and SS for the Crimson Tide in her first two seasons. She will be a definite popular potential transfer for D1 coaches.

From all the transfers I have seen She has to be in the Top 5 for the 2021 season. With her in the portal now, she should be able to play in the Spring for her new team.

I wonder if Bailey Dowling, a freshman MIF that was the #2 - 2020 Graduate, has chased Wallace to look for somewhere else to play. Dowling is supposed to be a very good player with power that Wallace might not have. But Wallace did hit 387 with a 524 OB% and a 581 Slug% in 2020 as a sophomore.

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41 for Juarez seems low. Maybe coming off the injury knocks her down a bit. But I'd think she'd be on POY watch list.

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cclift38 wrote:
41 for Juarez seems low. Maybe coming off the injury knocks her down a bit. But I'd think she'd be on POY watch list.

I am in agreement with you about Juarez.

I also thought Alo (#19) was lower than she should be.

On the other hand, Lyons at #48 was a nice thing to see. Green seems to still get some respect at #77.


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