Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon was hired in 2017 partly because of his recruiting chops. The class he signed this year clocked in as the 8th best in the nation by Baseball America. That makes three top-15 classes in the last four years. Despite the lofty ranking, the Tide still comes in 5th in the SEC behind second-ranked Florida, third-ranked Vanderbilt, fourth-ranked Arkansas, and fifth-ranked Tennessee.
The 21 signees include 12 from high school, five from the junior college ranks, and four that arrived via the transfer portal. Thirteen are pitchers, with seven being right-handed and six throwing from the left side. The position players include three catchers, three infielders, and two outfielders.
Some of the newcomers that are expected to contribute quickly are freshman outfielder Camden Hayslip; JUCO catcher Dominic Tamez; Wake Forest transfer, left-handed pitcher Hunter Furtado; freshman right-handed pitchers Ben Hess and Luke Holman; and freshman left-handed pitcher Brandon Clarke, among many others.
The newcomers mixed in with returners like Owen Diodati, Zane Denton, Drew Williamson, William Hamiter, Andrew Pinckney, and Jim Jarvis in the field and Dylan Ray, Antoine Jean, Landon Green, Brock Guffey, Grayson Hitt, and Jake Eddington on the mound, hope to take the Tide to postseason play for the second consecutive year. The team had gone five years without advancing beyond the regular season. Bama won two games in the SEC Tournament, and was awarded the third-seed in the Ruston, Louisiana regional, where they finished third.
Fall practice will start on Friday, September 17th, and it should once again be open to the public after being closed all of last year because of the Covid 19 crisis.
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