2020 Pac-12 Player Power Ranking
Softball America ranked the Pac-12's top 10 players following the shortened 2020 college softball season.
See SA's final 2020 Pac-12 Player Power Ranking below.
Megan FaraimoUCLA PNotes:
2020 Stats: 13-1, 0.85 ERA, 90.1 IP, 149 SO
Faraimo had large shoes to fill this season in the absence of Rachel Garcia. She certainly did it well, as Faraimo was the best pitcher in the nation this season and it truly wasn’t close. She performed extremely well against a few of the best teams in the nation, with complete-game shutouts versus Alabama, Minnesota and Michigan. She also recorded wins over Georgia, Florida State and Florida.
Aaliyah JordanUCLA OFNotes:
2020 Stats: .435 BA, 13 2B, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 1.262 OPS
At the plate, UCLA was led by Jordan’s bat. There were stretches that seemed like it was actually impossible to get her out. The home run numbers never came in the shortened season, but Jordan's Power Five lead in doubles made up for it.
Jessie HarperArizona INFNotes:
2020 Stats: .395 BA, 30 H, 10 HR, 29 RBI, 1.318 OPS
The reigning Pac-12 home run queen started picking up the pace to defend her title in 2020. Four blasts in the season’s final six games started to close the gap for Harper as the Wildcats entered Pac-12 play. If Harper is able to return next season, she’ll be in prime position to take Lauren Chamberlain’s ultimate NCAA career crown.
Kindra HackbarthArizona State OFNotes:
2020 Stats: .443 BA, 39 H, 32 R, 11 2B, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 1.295 OPS, 10 SB
Hackbarth was the engineer of the Arizona State offensive train. She did everything for the powerful Sun Devil lineup. She crushed home runs—including a walk-off against Northwestern earlier in the year—racked up doubles, bunted for hits and stole plenty of bases as well.
Alyssa Palomino-CardozaArizona OFNotes:
2020 Stats: .373 BA, 7 2B, 7 HR, 26 RBI, 1.263 OPS
Palomino-Cardoza stayed consistent throughout the season like she has her whole career at Arizona. Throughout the entire shortened campaign, her average never dipped under .357, and she had several clutch moments for the Wildcats, including a walk-off home run against Boise State.
Gabbie PlainWashington PNotes:
2020 Stats: 10-2, 2.76 ERA, 66 IP, 94 SO
The 2020 season was an interesting time for Plain. Over the course of the year, she had her struggles in the circle, which was unfamiliar territory for her as a Husky. But, she was picking up steam heading into conference play. In her final 16 innings pitched, she only allowed two runs.
Sis BatesWashington INFNotes:
2020 Stats: .529 BA, 27 H, 5 2B, 17 R, 1.241 OPS, 6 SB
Bates’ numbers aren’t as impressive as others on this list after missing an extended period of time due to being in the concussion protocol. Despite that, she still had a hit in every game but one and her stellar glovework was still present, as she went without an error over 15 games.
Baylee KlinglerWashington INFNotes:
2020 Stats: .481 BA, 8 2B, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 1.296 OPS
Klingler’s start to her Washington career wasn’t otherworldly by any means. But, after going hitless against Wisconsin on Feb. 21, Klingler found her stride. Since that game, her average rose from .270 to .481, she had a RBI in 11 of those 13 contests and she posted a two home run day against Oklahoma.
Haley CruseOregon OFNotes:
2020 Stats: .457 BA, 37 H, 4 2B, 30 R, 1.135 OPS, 15 SB
Cruse went from good to great in the past two years. The Oregon outfielder kept getting hits in 2020 and used her speed as she always has, but her power emerged this season as well. Before the campaign came to an abrupt halt, she had already tied her career-high in home runs, and was on pace to blow past her career-highs in RBI and slugging percentage.
Brooke YanezOregon PNotes:
2020 Stats: 9-1, 1.56 ERA, 62.2 IP, 94 SO
Yanez was the leader of a talented Oregon pitching staff. She gave a preview of things to come in just the second game of the season against BYU when she struck out 17, which was the second-highest mark in a single game in program history. The Ducks appeared to be in a good position to make some noise in 2020, especially behind Yanez and Cruse.