NO. 4: THE OUTFIELD LOOKS SET
The fall started with two of the three outfield positions locked up with Antoine Duplantis and Zach Watson — two players who likely will earn some preseason All-American buzz — patrolling right and center field, respectively.
That left a three-way competition between Beau Jordan, Daniel Cabrera and Nick Webre for the remaining spot in left field. But Cabrera sewed that up rather quickly.
The LSU coaching staff is incredibly high on the Parkview Baptist product, with Mainieri hinting on several occasions that he thinks Cabrera could turn in a freshman season like Duplantis or Alex Bregman did.
That is a lot to pin on a freshman, especially in the fall before the real games start, but if Cabrera heard the expectations, they did not appear to faze him.
Cabrera was consistently one of LSU’s toughest outs at the plate this fall, regularly showing power to the gaps from the left side of the plate. It seems likely he will open the season near the top of LSU’s order.
That does not mean he will have sole possession of left field, though: Cabrera has a chance to become LSU’s first true two-way player in a long time, leaving some opportunity open for Jordan and Webre when he’s on the mound.