Head coach: Brad Hill (11th season)
2013 record: 45-19, 16-8 in Big 12 (first place)
Top returning position players: IF Ross Kivett (.360 avg., 39 RBIs, 26-36 SB); IF Shane Conlon (.341 avg., 7 HR, 28 RBIs).
Top returning pitchers: RHP Jake Matthys (9-2, 2.05 ERA, 61.1 IP, 44 K, 9 saves); RHP Nate Williams (4-3, 2.81 ERA, 67.1 IP, 54K)
Top projected newcomers: IF Lance Miles (The Woodlands HS); C/DH Tanner DeVinny (Lucas Lovejoy HS); RHP Jared Fromson (Lee’s Summit, Mo. HS)
2014 outlook: There’s absolutely no reason the Wildcats can’t repeat as Big 12 champs, not with the amount of pitchers and offense they have returning. Kivett is one of the more decorated preseason players in the nation and the catalyst for the KSU offense.
Head coach: Josh Holliday (second season)
2013 record: 41-19, 13-10 in Big 12 (second place)
Top returning position players: 1B Tanner Krietemeier (.314 avg., 4 HR, 45 RBIs); OF Zach Fish (.283 avg., 7 HR, 41 RBIs),
Top returning pitchers: LHP Tyler Nurdin (5-3, 1.89 ERA, 85.2 IP, 69 K); RHP Vince Wheeland (8-2, 1.97 ERA, 73 IP, 64 K).
Top projected newcomers: LHP Garrett Williams (Calvary Baptist HS); OF Ryan Sluder (Amarillo HS).
2014 outlook: Holliday turned the Cowboys into a regional team in his first year, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t compete for the Big 12 championship this year. He begins with two of the better pitchers in the league in Nurdin and Wheeland and enough offense to have a balanced team going into 2014.
Head coach: Jim Schlossnagle (11th season)
2013 record: 29-28, 12-12 in Big 12 (seventh place)
Top returning position players: OF Boomer White (.314 avg., 1 HR, 27 RBIs); F Cody Jones (.269 avg., 1 HR, 18 RBIs).
Top returning pitchers: RHP Brandon Finnegan (0-8, 3.18 ERA, 79.1 IP, 86 K); RHP Preston Morrison (7-3, 1.51 ERA, 108 IP, 64 K).
Top projected newcomers: OF Connor Beck (Midland HS); LHP Tyler Alexander (Southlake Carroll HS).
2014 outlook: After years of success in other conferences, TCU struggled in its first year in the Big 12, particularly offensively, hitting just .246. But Morrison and Finnegan provide a solid block to build on in 2014, and don’t count on another down offensive year from the Horned Frogs.
Head coach: Pete Hughes (first season)
2013 record: 43-21, 13-11 in Big 12 (third place)
Top returning position players: OF Craig Aikin (.286 avg., 23 RBIs, 16-22 SB); IF Anthony Hermelyn (.275 avg., 26 RBIs)
Top returning pitchers: LHP Jacob Evans (7-2, 2.06 ERA, 52.1 IP, 41K, 9 saves); Ralph Garza, Jr. (5-1., 2.76 ERA, 58.2 IP, 38 K).
Top projected newcomers: LHP Jeffrey Curran (Cal State-Fullerton); LHP Octavio Rodriguez (El Paso Franklin HS)
2014 outlook: It’s a season of change for the Sooners as Sunny Golloway left after the 2013 season for Auburn, and most of OU’s offensive power either graduated or turned pro, as did its top two pitchers. First task for Hughes will be finding a new starting rotation.
Head coach: Augie Garrido (18th season)
2013 record: 27-24, 7-17 in Big 12 (ninth place)
Top returning position players: OF Mark Payton (.393 avg., 29 RBIs); IF C.J. HInojosa (.309 avg., 2 HR, 29 RBIs)
Top returning pitchers: LHP Dillon Peters (6-3, 1.97 ERA, 86.2 IP, 57 K); RHP Nathan Thornhill (3-6, 2.21 ERA, 85.1 IP, 60K)
Top projected newcomers: C Tres Barrera (Mission Sharyland HS); LHP Lukas Schiraldi (Austin St. Michaels HS); IF/P Kacy Clemens (Houston Memorial)
2014 outlook: Garrido says the “sense of entitlement” that surrounded last year’s Texas team is gone and that this year should be different. UT will definitely have the pitching to compete but must improve on an offense that averaged just 3.8 runs per game.
Head coach: Randy Mazey (second season)
2013 record: 33-26, 13-11 in Big 12 (fourth place)
Top returning position players: OF Bobby Boyd (.314 avg., 24 RBIs, 7 SB); 1B Ryan McBroom (.268 avg., 12 HR, 48 RBIs)
Top returning pitchers: LHP John Means (4-4, 3.34 ERA, 79.1 IP, 47 K); LHP Harrison Musgrave (9-1, 2.17 ERA, 95.1 IP, 81 K).
Top projected newcomers: C Cameron O’Brien (Northeast Texas CC); IF Shaun Corso (Lancaster, Pa., Hempfield HS).
2014 outlook: The Mountaineers were the surprise of the Big 12 last year, picked to finish last but ending up tied for fourth thanks to strong starting pitching and offense. Some pieces are back, but WVU won’t sneak up on anyone this year.
Head coach: Tim Tadlock (second season)
2013 record: 26-30, 9-15 in Big 12 (eighth place)
Top returning position players: IF Jake Barrios (.297 avg., 3 HR, 48 RBIs), IF Eric Gutierrez (.251 avg., 7 HR, 29 RBIs).
Top returning pitchers: LHP Jonny Drozd (4-5, 3.48 ERA, 67.1 IP, 43K), RHP Dominc Moreno (3-4, 3.86 ERA, 60.2 IP, 54K).
Top projected newcomers: IF Matt Broadbent (Cy-Woods HS), LHP Cameron Smith (New Mexico JC), C Hunter Redman (Midland College).
2014 outlook: Tech returns almost its entire starting lineup, but that group finished eighth in the Big 12 last year (.259 avg.) and will still be a young group in 2014. Tech was also last in ERA (4.86) and has no proven ace on the mound, but several possibilities for starters.
Head coach: Steve Smith (20th season)
2013 record: 27-28, 12-11 in Big 12 (fifth place)
Top returning position players: IF Lawton Langford (.278 avg., 18 RBIs, 7 SB); OF Logan Brown (.276 avg., 14 RBIs, 16-22 SB).
Top returning pitchers: RHP Dillon Newman (3-4, 2.91 ERA, 77.1 IP, 52 K); LHP Austin Stone (3-3, 3.74 ERA, 55.1 IP, 43 K).
Top projected newcomers: RHP Josh Pettitte (Deer Park HS); OF Darryn Sheppard (Sugar Land Dulles HS)
2014 outlook: The Bears lost a lot of offensive production and a major part of their bullpen from last season. Newman and Stone will be solid in the rotation, but there is only one position player returning who had more than 18 RBIs in 2013.
Head coach: Ritch Price (12th season)
2013 record: 34-25, 12-12 in Big 12 (sixth)
Top returning position players: OF Michael Suiter (.309 avg., 1 HR, 29 RBIs); OF Dakota Smith (.267 avg., 1 HR, 25 RBIs).
Top returning pitchers: RHP Taylor Thomas (6-2, 2.33 ERA, 96.2 IP, 66 K); RHP Jordan Piche (6-4, 1,68 ERA, 64.1 IP, 49 K, 12 saves).
Top projected newcomers: OF Joven Afenir (Murrieta Valley, Calif., HS); OF Blair Beck (Midland College).
2014 outlook: There won’t be many newcomers breaking into the lineup as KU returns all three outfielders and every infielder except third base. But there is a definite lack of power in the lineup from the veterans, meaning an experienced pitching staff will have to keep scores low.