EAST LANSING – The Michigan State baseball team was picked sixth in the Big Ten preseason poll released by the conference on Wednesday. The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a Players to Watch list.

Michigan State tied for third in the Big Ten regular season standings in 2015, and posting an overall record of 34-23. The Spartans’ Players to Watch include pitchers Walter Borkovich and Cam Vieaux and second baseman Jordan Zimmerman. Borkovich tied the single-season school record with 30 appearances and posted a 2.73 ERA. Vieaux tallied a team-high 15 starts on the mound in 2015, pitching 90.1 innings and recording 71 strikeouts. Zimmerman joins the Spartans this season, after transferring from Mesa Community College.

MSU begins the 2016 season with the First Pitch Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina on Feb. 19.

2016 BIG TEN BASEBALL PRESEASON POLL (top six teams)

1.       Michigan

2.       Maryland

3.       Indiana

4.       Iowa

5.       Illinois

6.       Michigan State