Pitching is to SEC Baseball what defense is to SEC Football. It is what separates the SEC from all the other conferences in the country in both sports. Sure there's great pitching in other conferences around the nation but top to bottom you will not find a deeper collection of pitching talent in the country than what you will find in the SEC. Take the SEC Pitcher of the Year vote won by LSU's Aaron Nola. He won the honor as a sophomore and is not yet eligible for the draft but beat-out a guy in Arkansas's Ryne Stanek who might go in the Top 10. Nola was the #1 starter on the LSU staff ahead of Ryan Eades who is projected as high as sandwich round pick. Nola replaced Kevin Gausman as the Tigers #1 starter. This time a year ago Gausman was pitching in the Regionals. Now he’s already pitching for Baltimore in the Bigs.
All totaled seven SEC pitchers are expected to go in the first 3 rounds including Florida's Jonathan Crawford in the first round, Ole Miss's Bobby Wahl in the sandwich round and Vandy's Kevin Ziomek in the 2nd round. This doesn't even include two high school pitchers signed to Kentucky and Tennessee that will likely go in the first 40 picks. Oh yeah, one more guy Nola beat out - 2011 first round pick Tyler Beede of Vandy who's 14-0. He turned down 2.5 million from the Jays. He'll get more next year when he gets drafted in the first round again. See, it's really not a mystery as to why the SEC got more teams in the NCAA Tourney than any other conference.