Rank the top 25 players ahead of the 2019 NCAA softball season
It's a good thing the NCAA softball season is here, because it was getting difficult to keep up with everything that has happened since Florida State celebrated its first national title last June.
First, despite speculation to the contrary, Tim Walton didn't leave Florida and its newly renovated stadium for the potential of Texas. Then Mike White did leave World Series regular Oregon and its new stadium for the same opportunity at Texas. And a lot of players followed him out the door. The mass departures from Eugene put an uncomfortably warm spotlight on first-year Ducks coach Melyssa Lombardi before the longtime Oklahoma assistant fills out a lineup card.
Not that movement was restricted to and from the Pacific Northwest. Four NFCA All-Americans changed schools since the end of last season, and three of them appear on the list below. Oklahoma added a transfer who ranked among the top six in the nation in strikeout rate, Shannon Saile, and she wasn't even the offseason's most notable pitching addition in Norman.
As the dust settles, albeit under a cover of snow in many parts of the country, the games begin again. And whether it's transfers in new places or familiar faces returning from injury, espnW's annual ranking of the top 25 players is a guide to those who will shape the season.
This year, we bring it to you with a twist. You get the final say. Vote and make it your own; players will move up and down based on your clicks.