Florida, the nation's consensus No. 1 team, is also the SEC Coaches' pick for conference champion in 2016. The Gators earned 13 of the league's 14 votes to take both the overall title and the SEC East. Vanderbilt, a program that will break in an entirely new weekend rotation this spring, was the only other team to receive a first-place vote.
Two Commodores also earned second-team All-SEC honors - a surprisingly low figure given that Vandy placed four players, Bryan Reynolds, Kyle Wright, Ben Bowden, and Jeren Kendall, on the Louisville Slugger preseason All-American team. Reynolds and third baseman Will Toffey picked up the all league honors while Wright, Bowden, and Kendall were left off the ballot.
Here's how the league's coaches predict the 2016 season will shake out, courtesy of SECSports.com:
|Rank||Team (First Place Votes)||Votes|
|1.||Texas A&M (8)||85|
|4.||Mississippi State (1)||49|
SEC Champion: Florida (13); Vanderbilt (1)
And here are the coaches' All-Conference picks, which somehow don't feature a single Commodore pitcher.
2016 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason All-SEC First Team
|2B||Ryne Birk||Texas A&M|
|OF||Nick Banks||Texas A&M|
2016 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason All-SEC Second Team
|1B||Hunter Melton*||Texas A&M|
|SS||Errol Robinson||Ole Miss|
|RP||Ryan Hendrix||Texas A&M|