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College World Series 2012: Returning Wildcat Stars to Watch for in 2013

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 25:  Riley Moore #6, Mathew Troup #44 and Brandon Dixon #22 of th Arizona Wildcats celebrate the final out and a 4-1 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during game 2 of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Field on June 25, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIJune 26, 2012

Arizona went 10-0 at the College World Series to win the school’s fourth baseball national championship, and several talented players will be back next year.

The Wildcats put on a dominant performance and never trailed during any game in Omaha.

Arizona had several players taken in this year’s draft, including star shortstop Alex Mejia and ace Kurt Heyer. These players may or may not return next year, but regardless of their decisions, there will still be top-level talent in Tucson in 2013. 

Here are the players to watch for as Arizona tries to defend its title next season. 

 

Johnny Field 

Field led the Wildcats in hitting this season with a .370 average and a .529 slugging percentage.

The outfielder cracked 18 doubles and seven triples during Arizona’s title-winning season. He came through in the clutch with a game-winning double in the 12th inning against Florida State at the College World Series.

Field was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and continued to excel in his sophomore season. 

Next year, he will be one of the most feared hitters in the country and will be a big part of any success the Wildcats have.

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 25:  Trent Gilbert #4 of th Arizona Wildcats celebrates a 4-1 win on his teammates over the South Carolina Gamecocks during game 2 of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Field on June 25, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Harry Ho
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Konner Wade

Wade had a fantastic season as the No. 2 man in the Arizona rotation. 

He went 11-3 with 105 strikeouts and just 37 walks in 136.1 innings pitched. 

The sophomore showed remarkable maturity in Omaha during a complete-game shutout against UCLA. When Wade faced the Bruins in the regular season, he was lit up for six runs and 10 hits in just three innings.

He proved that he can be at his best when the situation calls for it, and he will be the ace of the staff next season if Heyer does not return.

 

Riley Moore

Moore was a true freshman this past season and started 62 games at catcher. 

He finished the season with a .301 batting average and a .379 slugging percentage. He drove in 38 runs and recorded 66 hits.

Moore hits effectively from both sides of the plate and has unlimited talent. The 6’3”, 190-pound backstop will continue to improve as a hitter as he gets more experience with Division I baseball. 

He is one of many talented players that will return to Tucson next season and once again make the Wildcats an extremely difficult team to beat.

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