What do college baseball players when college baseball season is over? They play baseball, because it is the heart of baseball weather. Although a subject for another day, it would be nice if the NCAA allowed college baseball season to begin and end in warm weather, rather than the mid-February weather that can be brutal even in the South.
In recent days there has been some question about which Alabama baseball players from 2017 might be returning for 2018, but the selection of Brad Bohannon as the Tide’s new head coach should stabilize things.
In any event, 11 members of this year’s Alabama baseball roster will take part in various collegiate summer leagues across the country.
Three Alabama players will play in the prestigious Cape Cod League. They are outfielder Chandler Taylor (Brewster Whitecaps), pitcher Davis Vainer (Hyannis Harbor Hawks), and second baseman Cobie Vance (Harwich Mariners).
Four Crimson Tide players are headed to the New England League, with pitcher Sonny Potter and infielder John Trousdale playing for the Mystic Schooners, outfielder-pitcher Sam Finnerty earning a spot with the Vermont Mountaineers, and catcher Alex Webb joining the Ocean State Waves.
Also headed North from Alabama are infielder Zack Coker (Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs/Perfect Game), outfielder Walker McCleney (Yorkton (Canada) Cardinals/Western Major), and pitcher-infielder Deacon Medders (Staunton Braves/Valley League).
Rounding out the list of 11 is outfielder-infielder Connor Stutts, who did not participate last season due to NCAA transfer rules but is set to be eligible to compete for Bama in 2018. Stutts will return to his team from a summer ago, the Brookhaven Bucks of the Sunbelt League in Georgia.