Thanks to NCAA legislation allowing for athletes in all sports to transfer between four-year schools without sitting out a year as previously required in baseball, the transfer market this summer has been especially active.
Without having to decide whether missing an entire season is worth transferring to a more desirable program, hundreds of talented, productive players across the country threw their names in the transfer portal to test the waters and see what other opportunities existed.
The continued Covid-19 roster crunch is also playing a role in a more active transfer market. In the face of all players on 2020 rosters being granted an extra year, some schools have chosen not to bring back players for fifth seasons at all. In other cases, would-be fifth-year players have been recruited over on the roster and can see the writing on the wall that they might not have a role on their current team in 2022.
Add it all up and you have a situation where a number of prominent teams are going to have fortunes altered one way or the other based on transfer movement, but at the same time, it’s important to manage expectations for incoming transfers.
We will find that many of them will realize untapped potential in their new homes, but just as many will fizzle in the way that they did in their initial program. Which ones are which will go a long way toward shaping college baseball in 2022.
Below are the top 50 committed transfers for the 2022 season. In the coming weeks, this list will be expanded to 100 names and have the order altered as more players commit to new schools and others may pursue professional opportunities instead.
1. Jacob Berry, 3B/DH, Arizona to Louisiana State
2021: .352/.439/.676, 247 AB, 17 HR, 70 RBI, 2 SB
By leaving Arizona and following coach Jay Johnson to LSU, Berry is the best player to transfer in college baseball this offseason. The first team All-American DH was everything that the Wildcats could have asked for and then some as a hitter last season in his first year on campus. He led the team in home runs and RBI, as well as triples (5), and came in second in a great lineup in doubles with 19. A hitter of his caliber would be a great fit anywhere, but he will be a particularly good fit with the Tigers, which were going to have a formidable lineup as it was in 2022 led by outfielder Dylan Crews and first baseman Tre’ Morgan. If you want to nitpick Berry’s game, you can look at defense, as he’s still more of a DH than a third baseman at this point, but that’s a small price to pay to have his bat in the lineup.
2. Jack Moss, 1B/OF, Arizona State to Texas A&M
2021: .305/.359/.494, 154 AB, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 1 SB
The top recruit in the class that arrived in Tempe before last season, Moss had an excellent first season in college baseball, hitting .305/.359/.494 with six home runs as part of a deep Arizona State lineup. Like most good hitters, Moss hammered fastballs, putting up a .358/.391/.494 slash line against the pitch. Texas A&M is losing a lot of production from the lineup it ran out there for much of the 2021 season, including its best hitter in first baseman Will Frizzell. Those are big shoes to fill for anyone, but Moss has the talent to fill them ably.
3. Micah Dallas, RHP, Texas Tech to Texas A&M
2021: 4-3, 3.51 ERA, 66.2 IP, 20 BB, 79 K, .244 AVG
Dallas has done it all in a Texas Tech uniform. He’s been the staff ace, a long reliever and a closer, sometimes within the same season. But no matter his role, he’s been effective from the beginning for the Red Raiders. In 158.1 career innings, he has a 3.47 ERA, 186 strikeouts and a .241 opponent batting average. Dallas has a firm fastball that averaged just under 90 mph last season and touched as high as 93, but it’s his slider that was his most devastating weapon in 2021. That pitching generated an impressive 60% whiff rate, with batters hitting just .137/.207/.206 against the offering. Dallas will be an easy plug and play option for Texas A&M in any role in 2022 and it can only help that the righthander will be working with one of the best pitching coaches in the game in Nate Yeskie.
4. Victor Mederos, RHP, Miami to Oklahoma State
2021: 2-3, 5.11 ERA, 44 IP, 18 BB, 35 K, .229 AVG
The No. 59 prospect in the 2020 draft, Mederos spurned interest from MLB organizations to join Miami, helping give the Hurricanes their first top-ranked recruiting class in program history. His freshman season in Coral Gables was inconsistent, and halfway through the season he was moved from the rotation to the bullpen, but he has the stuff to be a dominant pitcher if he can put it all together. His fastball averaged nearly 93 mph last season and touched 99. He has also greater than 40% whiff rates on both his curveball and changeup. In Stillwater, he’ll work with one of the best pitching coaches in the country in Rob Walton, who will look to help unlock Mederos’ massive potential.
5. Jace Bohrofen, OF, Oklahoma to Arkansas
2021: .252/.347/.408, 103 AB, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 1 SB
A top-150 prospect going into the 2020 draft, Bohrofen headed to Norman last fall, where he and teammate Cade Horton gave the Sooners one of the best incoming freshman tandems in the country on paper. Horton was hurt all year, however, and Bohrofen had an inconsistent first season in college baseball. Still, he has impressive all-around tools. With some departures on the roster after last season, Arkansas will have some at-bats to go around if Bohrofen can earn his place in the Razorbacks’ lineup and have his true talent shine through.
6. Tyler McManus, C, Samford to Louisiana State
2021: .346/.432/.612, 188 AB, 11 HR, 53 RBI, 0 SB
McManus, a native of Slidell, La., will return to his home state to continue his career with LSU and new coach Jay Johnson. After hitting .440 with four homers in the shortened 2020 season, McManus proved that production was no fluke by leading Samford last season in batting and on-base percentage, tying for first in doubles with 13 and tying for second in home runs with 11. Although he was more of a 1B/DH type in 2021, McManus is a catcher by trade. If he can handle that role for LSU, it would provide huge value for the Tigers, as that was a positional weakness for the team in 2021, when Hayden Travinski was limited and eventually lost for the season due to injury and Alex Milazzo struggled at the plate, posting a .458 OPS. If McManus hits for LSU like he did in 2021, Johnson and his staff will find a way to get him in the lineup somehow, but having him also fill a position of need along the way would be ideal.
7. Griffin Doersching, 1B, Northern Kentucky to Oklahoma State
2021: .316/.488/.772, 158 AB, 20 HR, 48 RBI, 2 SB
There’s little secret about what Doersching brings to the table. The winner of the 2019 college home run derby held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Doersching will provide an instant infusion of light-tower power to the Oklahoma State lineup. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound slugger set career highs across the board in 2021, but he was productive all four years at NKU, pounding 48 home runs in four seasons. Doersching feels like a great fit at Oklahoma State, a program that really lets hitters cut loose and try to drive the ball.
8. Josh Hood, SS, Pennsylvania to North Carolina State
Hood burst onto the scene in 2019, hitting .331/.411/.580 with eight home runs and 42 RBI on the way to first team Freshman All-American honors. It’s on the promise he showed then that NC State is banking, because we haven’t seen much from Hood since then. His 2020 season was limited to eight games and a .263/.256/.342 slash line due to the pandemic, and with the Ivy League’s decision to severely limit team schedules in 2021, Hood announced his intention to transfer before Penn played a truncated 14-game slate. That promise is also why Hood was still taken in the 20th round by the Red Sox this year despite not playing this spring. With Jose Torres leaving via the draft, the door is open for Hood to take over as NC State’s next starting shortstop.
9. Carter Rustad, RHP, San Diego to Missouri
2021: 5-1, 4.70 ERA, 53.2 IP, 20 BB, 46 K, .289 AVG
A native of Kansas City, Rustad will move back to his home state to continue his career after two seasons at San Diego. A top-200 draft prospect coming out of high school in 2019, the 6-foot-5 righthander had his fastball up to 97 mph during his prep days. The offering wasn’t quite that firm with the Toreros, but his stuff was still plenty good. The fastball was typically a low-90s offering that at one point touched 95 and his slider had a 40% whiff rate. The best outing of the righthander’s career was his last one in a San Diego uniform, a one-hit shutout against WCC champion Gonzaga. Rustad has all of the physical capability to get outs in the SEC. It will just be a matter of him putting it all together.
10. Dylan Rock, OF, Texas-San Antonio to Texas A&M
2021: .326/.432/.516, 190 AB, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 11 SB
Rock was a four-year contributor at UTSA, hitting .319/.417/.480 with 45 doubles, 18 home runs and 113 RBI in more than 700 plate appearances with the Roadrunners. He hit with power from the start, with six home runs as a freshman and 20 doubles as a sophomore, but as time went on, he added a baserunning element to his game, swiping double-digit bases in each of his last two seasons in San Antonio, including 10 in just 17 games in 2020. Rock could be a catalyst in a Texas A&M order that will be looking for them going into next season after it lost a good portion of its best bats after last season.
11. Sonny DiChiara, 1B, Samford to Auburn
2021: .273/.428/.598, 194 AB, 18 HR, 46 RBI, 0 SB
DiChiara will bring thump to the middle of an Auburn lineup that will look to replace a number of established hitters like Ryan Bliss, Steven Williams, Tyler Miller and Rankin Woley in 2022. The first baseman cranked 41 home runs in a Samford uniform, including 21 in 2019 on the way to Freshman All-American honors. There is some swing and miss in his game, but he offsets that well not only with his power but with his ability to draw walks. He had 48 free passes in 2021 for the Bulldogs. The step up to facing SEC pitching will be the challenge for DiChiara, but there’s no doubting the power he brings to the table.
12. Brett Walker, RHP, Oregon to Texas Christian
2021: 6-3, 3.66 ERA, 83.2 IP, 26 BB, 60 K, .252 AVG
Walker didn’t put up quite the numbers of teammates Robert Ahlstrom and Cullen Kafka in the Oregon rotation, but he was a solid third starter during the Ducks’ breakthrough 2021 season. For his career in Eugene, he has a 3.98 ERA in 153.2 innings, with his best work coming in 2020, when he gave up just two runs in 21.1 innings before the season was canceled. Walker has firm but not overpowering stuff, including a fastball that averaged just a touch over 90 mph and touched 94 last season. More of a pitch-to-contact righthander rather than a strikeout artist, Walker didn’t have a whiff rate greater than 27% on any of his four pitches in 2021. Having an experienced, proven pitcher like Walker on the staff will be a luxury for TCU in 2022.
13. Hunter Jump, OF, Arizona State to Kentucky
2021: .289/.372/.412, 204 AB, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 0 SB
After three seasons at Arizona State, plus a one-year stopover at the junior college level between his first and second seasons in Tempe, Jump will finish his collegiate career at Kentucky, where he will step into a Wildcats outfield that has some holes to fill. Jump hit .316/.386/.450 in his three seasons with ASU, but the 2021 campaign was his first as a regular. He responded by becoming a key piece of a very good Sun Devils lineup and finishing second on the team in doubles with 17.
14. Michael Turner, C, Kent State to Arkansas
2021: .337/.439/.640, 89 AB, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 5 SB
In a move reminiscent of last offseason when Arkansas signed catchers A.J. Lewis from Eastern Kentucky and Robert Emery from San Francisco (before both ended up signing free agent deals), the Razorbacks secured the services of Kent State’s Michael Turner, a backstop who can really swing the bat. He played in just 25 games in 2021, but still set a career high in home runs with six. For his Golden Flashes career, he hit .322/.413/.481 with more walks (64) than strikeouts (59).
15. Brooks Carlson, 2B, Samford to Auburn
2021: .301/.409/.478, 186 AB, 6 HR, 37 RBI, 2 SB
Carlson can really hit, and that’s probably an understatement given his production for Samford, including a career batting average near .360, over four years. He burst onto the scene in 2018, hitting .343 with 10 home runs as a freshman and then he never stopped putting up numbers. He backed his debut campaign up by hitting .345 in 2019 and then an absurd .500 (25-for-50) during the shortened 2020 season. He got off to a slow start in 2021, with a batting average still under .200 as late as the morning of April 23, but he got scalding hot late in the season and managed to finish over .300 for the fourth year in a row. He projects to be a catalyst in the Auburn lineup, even as he steps up in competition level to the SEC.
16. Tyler Corbitt, 2B, The Citadel to Clemson
2021: .376/.433/.591, 93 AB, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 7 SB
Corbitt’s decision to enter the transfer portal partway through 2021 prematurely ended his season, but up to that point, he was on fire. The performance was just a continuation of what Corbitt did throughout his entire career at The Citadel after he hit .333 as a freshman in 2019 and .349 during the shortened 2020 season. If he keeps that up in the ACC at Clemson, he will be an effective complement to slugger Caden Grice in the Tigers’ lineup.
17. Dom Johnson, OF, Oklahoma State to Kansas State
2021: .154/.389/.154, 13 AB, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 SB
Johnson didn’t get much of a chance to prove himself in his one season in Stillwater, but there is plenty of reason to believe that he can be an impact player at Kansas State in 2022 and beyond. One of the fastest players in the entire 2020 high school class, Johnson was ranked No. 312 heading into last summer’s draft. If he can hit enough to hold down a full-time role, Johnson has the skills to be a catalyst in the Wildcats’ lineup.
18. Jordan Carrion, RHP/2B/SS, Florida to Florida State
2021: .244/.309/.279, 86 AB, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 SB; 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.2 IP, 3 BB, 8 K, .174 AVG
Carrion, a decorated recruit in Florida’s last recruiting class, is a versatile talent who could do a lot of things for Florida State in 2022. Defensively, he provides the ability to handle either middle infield position, and there should be some starting opportunities there for the Seminoles next season, although he will probably need to show more with the bat this time around. Carrion may also see some time on the mound after having success in a small sample with the Gators. Primarily a fastball-curveball pitcher, Carrion’s heater sat in the high 80s and touched the low 90s last season with his curveball inducing a 38% whiff rate.
19. Seth Halvorsen, RHP, Missouri to Tennessee
2021: 4-3, 6.00 ERA, 72 IP, 57 BB, 70 K, .258 AVG
Halvorsen really struggled with control in 2021, walking 57 in 72 innings for a Missouri staff that led the country in walks issued, but his stuff is excellent, inspiring confidence that he could blossom in a new setting. His fastball averaged nearly 95 mph last season and he touched 100 with the offering. His curveball and changeup also both had whiff rates of 44%. The stuff is there for Halvorsen to dominate if he can improve his command. The bet Tennessee is making is that working with Frank Anderson, one of the best pitching minds in college baseball, will bring out the best in the hard-throwing righthander, if he makes it to campus. Halvorsen was a 19th-round pick of the Phillies, who have made it clear they want to sign him, but that’s no sure thing at this point.
20. Nick Dombkowski, LHP, Hartford to Texas A&M
2021: 4-3, 3.13 ERA, 60.1 IP, 27 BB, 72 K, .194 AVG
A four-year member of the Hartford rotation, Dombkowski was effective from the moment he first slipped on a college uniform. In 254.1 innings, the lefthander has a 3.47 ERA, 241 strikeouts compared to 82 walks and a .226 opponent batting average. The 2021 season was in many ways his best with Hartford, as it was the first time he averaged more than a strikeout per inning and his .194 opponent batting average was his best for any non-2020 season. He leads with a fastball that averages in the high 80s but touches the low 90s with a changeup and slider serving as his secondary offerings. (NOTE: After the list was published, Dombkowski signed a free agent deal with the Pirates)
21. Brett Roberts, 2B/SS, Tennessee Tech to Florida State
2021: .343/.375/.490, 204 AB, 5 HR, 39 RBI, 17 SB
Roberts was a dynamic offensive force for Tennessee Tech in 2021, leading the team in hitting at .343 and doubles with 13 while also showcasing some home run power with five round-trippers. His 17 stolen bases also serve to showcase his speed, but he’s not yet an efficient base stealer, as he was caught nine times. The floor for Roberts seems like that of an athletic middle infielder who provides the flexibility and variety of skills needed to come off the bench late in the game as a pinch-hitter, pinch-runner or defensive replacement. But if he can smooth out some of the rough edges in his game, like the inefficiency in his base stealing and the fact that he doesn’t draw many walks, his ceiling is significantly higher than that. A summer in the Cape Cod League will likely give FSU a preview of what it will get from Roberts in 2022.
22. John Gaddis, LHP, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to Mississippi
2021: 5-3, 2.25 ERA, 64 IP, 18 BB, 72 K, .186 AVG
A competitive lefthander, Gaddis had a career year as the Islanders ace in 2021 after putting up a 3.08 ERA in 49.2 innings as a swingman in 2019 and a 3.86 ERA in four starts during the shortened 2020 season. Gaddis doesn’t have stuff that lights up the radar gun. His fastball averaged about 88 mph in 2021, but his curveball and changeup are both swing and miss offerings, as both had nearly 40% whiff rates last season. As a bare minimum, Gaddis is a veteran, versatile pitcher who can develop into an option in a number of roles for the Rebels next season.
23. Tatem Levins, C, LaSalle to Pittsburgh
2021: .315/.416/.503, 197 AB, 7 HR, 50 RBI, 2 SB
Needing a landing spot after La Salle cut its baseball program at the end of the 2021 season, Levins found one at Pittsburgh. One of the most talented players in the Atlantic 10 in several seasons, he’s done nothing but mash in his career. In 119 career games, he has a .318/.402/.524 slash line with 37 doubles, 17 home runs, 113 RBI and 55 walks compared to 52 strikeouts. The Panthers didn’t get a ton of offensive production from the catcher position last season. Levins could change that very quickly.
24. Nate Rombach, C, Texas Tech to Dallas Baptist
2021: .222/.359/.521, 117 AB, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 0 SB
Rombach brings big power to the table. He slugged 15 home runs in 59 career games at Texas Tech, and early in the 2020 season, he slugged five homers and drove in 15 in the span of three games at one point. In that way, he’ll fit right in at Dallas Baptist, a team that had 101 home runs in 2021 and has a long history of offenses that love to score via the long ball. Whether or not he ends up catching is a question that will have to be answered down the road, as he didn’t do that all that much for Texas Tech, but DBU will be thrilled to have his bat in the lineup no matter what position he plays.
25. Trey Dillard, RHP, Missouri to Texas A&M
Dillard didn’t pitch for Missouri in 2021, but last we saw him, he was getting it done as the closer for a Missouri team that was off to a good start in 2020. In 8.1 innings, he gave up seven hits and one run with three walks and 11 strikeouts. He’s also got big-time stuff that can be dominant if he commands it. In 2020, his fastball averaged 94.5 mph and reached as high as 97. He also had a nearly 60% whiff rate on his curveball two seasons ago, but that’s in a very small sample size. The righthander will be working with Nate Yeskie, one of the best pitching coaches in the game, in College Station, and that can only help.
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26. John Thrasher, OF, Hartford to Kentucky
2021: .369/.470/.680, 122 AB, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 37 SB
You never know how well a player from a small conference will adjust to playing in a major conference, much less the best conference of all in the SEC, but Thrasher has the numbers and the varied skill set to suggest that he’ll be able to carve out a regular role at Kentucky next season. The America East player of the year last season, Thrasher set career highs across the board, including a .369 batting average when he hadn’t hit better than .274 in any of his other three seasons at Hartford. With 37 stolen bases in 36 games last season, Thrasher’s best asset is likely his base stealing ability, but he does a lot of things well and that should give him a shot at earning playing time at Kentucky.
27. Chase Dollander, RHP, Georgia Southern to Tennessee
2021: 4-3, 4.04 ERA, 49 IP, 28 BB, 64 K, .262 AVG
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Dollander was a true fastball pitcher as a freshman in 2021, throwing that pitch nearly 75% of the time, but looking under the hood at the data, it’s easy to see why. The offering averaged nearly 94 mph last season and topped out at 97. It’s a relatively small sample, but his changeup also emerged as a weapon, as it had a 58% whiff rate in 2021. It’s also easy to see why Tennessee would have interest in him, even beyond his excellent stuff. Against the Volunteers last February, Dollander gave up three hits and one run with eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings. With some holes to fill on the pitching staff, expect Tennessee to find a role for Dollander very quickly next season.
28. Trey Braithwaite, RHP, Navy to West Virginia
2021: 4-2, 4.44 ERA, 24.1 IP, 20 BB, 38 K, 3 SV
A rare late-career transfer out of a service academy, Braithwaite heads to Morgantown after three seasons as a closer for Navy. In 67.1 career innings for the Midshipmen, he had a 3.07 ERA, 86 strikeouts, 35 walks, a .230 opponent batting average and 17 saves. He’ll bring with him big stuff that includes a fastball that averaged 92.3 mph and touched 98 last season and a slider with which he induced a 47% whiff rate.
29. Jess Davis, OF, Alabama-Birmingham to Mississippi State
2021: .258/.367/.355, 186 AB, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 23 SB
It wouldn’t be fair to discount the idea that Davis could become a regular at Mississippi State next season. After all, he’s a .280 career hitter at UAB who also hit 14 doubles and five homers as a freshman in 2019. But it’s just that he would seem to fit so perfectly into a role as a late-game disruptor for the opposition on the base paths, because stealing bases is his deal. He had 77 of them over three seasons with the Blazers, including a whopping 48 in 2019. He’s the type of runner who can really affect a game.
30. BT Riopelle, C, Coastal Carolina to Florida
2021: .270/.354/.459, 185 AB, 8 HR, 27 RBI, 8 SB
It never hurts to have extra catchers on the roster and it never hurts to have extra hitters who have home-run power, and in Riopelle, Florida gets both. A solidly-built six-feet-tall and 205 pounds, Riopelle had a breakout season with Coastal in 2021, his first full season as a full-time starter, hitting 11 doubles and eight home runs. Swing and miss is a part of his game, as he also had 77 strikeouts compared to just 17 walks. As it is, he’s a dangerous hitter to have around, but if he can shore up the strikeouts, he suddenly becomes an instant jolt of thunder in the UF lineup.
31. Jake Gitter, OF, Northern Colorado to Coastal Carolina
2021: .319/.429/.649, 94 AB, 8 HR, 14 RBI, 6 SB
Gitter’s season ended after just 27 games last season, but he did a lot of damage in those games, clubbing eight homers, just one shy of the team lead despite playing just half the season at Northern Colorado. After getting just five at-bats as a freshman in 2018, the New Orleans native was extremely productive for the Bears over the next three seasons, hitting 26 doubles and 17 homers. Gitter will look to bring some punch to a CCU lineup that lost outfielder Parker Chavers to the draft and catcher B.T. Riopelle to transfer.
32. Skyler Messinger, 3B, Kansas to Texas
2021: .324/.398/.460, 213 AB, 2 HR, 39 RBI, 4 SB
Messinger was a four-year contributor on the Kansas infield, hitting .280/.365/.406 in 186 games and nearly 700 plate appearances. The 2021 season was his best as he set a career high in all three slash line categories, in doubles with 19 and in RBI with 39, all while lowering his strikeout rate. Texas has to hope that Messinger’s transfer works out as well as another Kansas infield transfer from last year, Benjamin Sems, worked out for Michigan. But even if Messinger doesn’t quite live up to that, he will be a steady hand for the Longhorns who is familiar with the rigors of the Big 12.
33. Jeff Wehler, UTL, Youngstown State to Pittsburgh
2021: .332/.390/.552, 223 AB, 8 HR, 38 RBI, 25 SB
Wehler was a solid contributor for four seasons at Youngstown State, as shown by a career .285/.353/.433 slash line, but he took it to a new level in 2021, setting a number of career highs along the way. Wehler will flash some power, including being able to run the ball out of the ballpark from time to time, but offensively, his stolen base acumen is what stands out. He stole 88 bases at YSU, including at least 25 in three different seasons. A true utility guy on defense, he will also give Pittsburgh some versatility. He has experience at first base, second base, shortstop and all three outfield positions.
34. Andy Archer, RHP, Georgia Tech to Hawaii
2021: 5-5, 4.80 ERA, 75 IP, 36 BB, 77 K, .246 AVG
After five up-and-down seasons at Georgia Tech, Archer will be the envy of many across college baseball as he goes to play his sixth and final season at Hawaii. Injuries have unfortunately been a big part of Archer’s career to this point, as he missed time as a freshman in 2017 and missed all of 2019, but when he’s been healthy he’s been effective. The 2021 season was his first as a starter and he developed into a quality Saturday option for the Yellow Jackets. The righthander uses a fastball that sits in the high 80 or low 90s, but his changeup is the real star of the show in his repertoire. The offering, which he throws 36% of the time, had a 44% whiff rate last season. With his experience both starting and closing and his fastball-changeup one-two punch, Archer should have a prominent role for the Rainbow Warriors right away.
35. Cory Acton, INF, Florida to Georgia
2021: .250/.438/.283, 60 AB, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB
Acton had a solid debut season as a regular in Gainesville in 2019, hitting .251/.353/.387 with six homers, but he wasn’t able to replicate that success in the ensuing two seasons, hitting .192 as a full-time starter in the shortened 2020 season and .250/.438/.283 as a part-time player in 2021, although he did walk (18) more than he struck out (14). He’ll look for a change of scenery in Athens to be the catalyst for improvement moving forward.
36. Tyler Bosma, LHP, Miami (OH) to Kentucky
2021: 2-4, 3.95 ERA, 57 IP, 37 BB, 72 K, .259 AVG
After putting up 5.54 and 6.59 ERAs at Miami in his first two seasons, Bosma really turned a corner in 2021 with a 3.95 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 57 innings across 15 appearances, 14 of which were starts. A lefthander with good stuff, Bosma’s fastball averaged just a tick under 90 mph last season and touched as high as 96. His most effective secondary pitch in 2021 was a changeup that induced a 42% whiff rate. This summer in the MLB Draft League, Bosma also recorded curveballs with a nearly 3,000 rpm spin rate. Although he’s shown the ability to start, with that kind of stuff, at minimum, Bosma is an interesting option in a relief role.
37. Bradley Brehmer, RHP, Wright State to Indiana
2021: 8-4, 4.11 ERA, 76.2 IP, 25 BB, 85 K, .226 AVG
Brehmer took a big step forward in 2021 with his best season in a Wright State uniform, setting career-best marks across the board, including strikeouts, which were more than double what he had as a starter in a similar number of innings in 2019. Given that, it’s not surprising that his stuff has made a jump. His fastball averaged just under 87 mph and touched 91 in 2019. In 2021, his average fastball was 90.5 mph and it touched 95. His slider, curveball and changeup all had 32% whiff rates or better last season, with the 42% whiff rate on his changeup the best of the bunch. It will be a step up in competition to move to the Big Ten next season, but Brehmer has the stuff to be effective there as well.
38. Ryan McLinskey, RHP, Seton Hall to Notre Dame
2021: 4-1, 2.81 ERA, 57.2 IP, 28 BB, 66 K, .239 AVG
After two seasons as a reliever at Seton Hall, McLinskey transitioned to the rotation ahead of the 2020 season, and after putting up a 3.38 ERA during his four starts before the season was canceled, he took another step in 2021 over a full season, enjoying his best campaign for the Pirates. The righthander has a four-pitch mix highlighted by a fastball that averaged 90.6 mph and touched 95 last season and a changeup that had a 45% whiff rate. Notre Dame had a lot of success last season with pitchers plucked from the transfer portal, so it’s no surprise to see the Irish go to that well again.
39. Connor Bovair, RHP, Siena to North Carolina
2021: 4-5, 5.34 ERA, 55.2 IP, 20 BB, 75 K, .222 AVG
Bovair used a low-90s fastball that got up to 95 mph to help him put together a successful freshman season at Siena. His 5.34 ERA might strike you as being a bit high, but a rough outing against Iona to start the season made it tough for Bovair to get that number down throughout the campaign and his peripheral numbers are strong enough to suggest you shouldn’t get too caught up on the ERA. The caveat with his numbers is that Siena played a conference-only schedule in 2021, so it’s hard to know how the righthander would have done against top-flight competition. What’s more certain is that his stuff, which also includes a slider that induced a 48% whiff rate last season, is plenty good. Bovair’s best work arguably came against the best teams that he saw. Against Rider and Fairfield, the two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams that made the NCAA Tournament, he allowed three runs (two earned) in 13 innings with 15 strikeouts. Bovair’s stuff will already make him a candidate for a role at UNC right away, but if there’s more in the tank as he matures, the Tar Heels could have a real gem.
40. Chase Isbell, RHP, Samford to Auburn
2021: 4-2, 2.32 ERA, 31 IP, 13 BB, 44 K, 7 SV
Isbell likely won’t be ready for the start of the 2022 season as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery, but there is hope that can step in at some point and add something to the Auburn bullpen next year. He can certainly give that unit a lift if he pitches like he did in 2021, when he was almost inarguably Samford’s best arm in any role. Isbell leads with his fastball, throwing it 74% of the time in his career, and that pitch averaged over 92 mph in 2021, but his slider is his big putaway weapon, with a 49% whiff rate on the offering over two seasons.
41. Dillon Marsh, LHP, Kentucky to Oklahoma State
2021: 0-1, 4.34 ERA, 29 IP, 5 BB, 30 K, .220 AVG
Marsh began his Kentucky career as a starter, taking the ball to start the game 14 times as a freshman in 2019, but he became more effective as he transitioned to pitching out of the bullpen, with the 2021 season serving as his best season in Lexington. The lefthander was an important relief arm for the Wildcats last season, with a 4.34 ERA not truly capturing how effective he was, as one bad outing against Georgia in mid April really ballooned his ERA. With a .220 opponent average, he was tough to hit, and with just five walks compared to 30 strikeouts in 29 innings, he clearly wasn’t giving up free passes, either. Experienced lefties who simultaneously throw lots of strikes and are tough to hit come at a premium, so Marsh is undoubtedly a welcome addition for Oklahoma State.
42. Darren Williams, RHP, Eastern Kentucky to Kentucky
2021: 3-8, 4.10 ERA, 83.1 IP, 30 BB, 92 K, .238 AVG
A big body at 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Williams has been a versatile pitcher for EKU the last four years. He had his best season as a reliever in 2019, when he put up a 3.40 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 39.2 innings. His transition to the rotation went well in 2021, as he proved to be the Colonels’ most effective starter. His fastball averaged 89 mph last season, but it sits in the low 90s early in starts, and that was a step up from where his velocity was in 2019, when his fastball would just touch 90. At a bare minimum, Williams will make for an experienced option who can hold a number of roles for Kentucky in 2022.
43. Tommy Sheehan, LHP, Notre Dame to Auburn
2021: 0-1, 6.75 ERA, 8 IP, 8 BB, 10 K, .303 AVG
Sheehan was limited to just two games in 2021 due to injury, but he was mostly an effective starter for the Irish in each of the three previous seasons. His best work came in the shortened 2020 campaign, when he went 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 22-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in four starts, but in terms of full seasons, his best was 2019, when he had a 4.58 ERA in 92.1 innings across 15 starts. A pitch-to-contact lefthander whose fastball is a high-80s offering that will touch the low 90s, Sheehan will lean on the experience of nearly 200 innings thrown at Notre Dame to help him compete for starts with Auburn next season.
44. Jacob Burke, INF, Southeastern Louisiana to Miami
2021: .254/.384/.476, 189 AB, 9 HR, 43 RBI, 23 SB
Burke was a real catalyst for Southeastern Louisiana in his two seasons there. After hitting .313/.441/.521 in the shortened 2020 season, Burke was arguably the Lions’ best all-around threat offensively in 2021, despite his average dipping a bit over a full season. He led the team in home runs with nine and in stolen bases with 23, tied for second on the squad in doubles with 11 and was alone in second in RBI with 43. He will also provide some defensive versatility, as he saw significant time at third base, first base and left field last season. With some veteran players in the lineup moving on via the draft and transfer, Miami should have some at-bats available for a player of Burke’s quality.
45. Miles Simington, OF, Purdue to South Alabama
2021: .322/.431/.493, 152 AB, 4 HR, 27 RBI, 4 SB
A third team All-Big Ten honoree, Simington had a breakout season for Purdue in 2021, hitting .322/.431/.493 with 14 doubles, four homers and 27 RBI with more walks (21) than strikeouts (20). That was a big leap from his 2020 numbers, when he hit .231/.375/.410, albeit in an abbreviated season that didn’t allow for him to come on strong late. His presence could be a shot in the arm for a South Alabama lineup that lacked punch last season.
46. Michael Ludowig, OF, Wake Forest to Virginia Tech
2021: .278/.383/.426, 108 AB, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB
Although Ludowig’s 2021 statistics were solid in 31 games, Virginia Tech will look for him to provide in 2022 the production he showed in 2019, when he hit .300/.405/.405. The No. 337 prospect ahead of the 2020 draft, Ludowig might have been in professional baseball had the draft not been just five rounds last year thanks to his natural bat-to-ball skills, his strong frame and his ability to stick in the outfield. Given his experience and natural ability, Ludowig should be a plug and play option in the outfield for the Hokies right away.
47. Joe Lomuscio, OF, Brown to Stanford
Lomuscio didn’t take the field in 2021 due to the Ivy League’s decision to severely limit its member schools’ ability to play spring sports, but there is no arguing what he’s done on the field to this point. A 2019 first team All-Ivy League performer, Lomuscio is a career .303/.363/.436 hitter with 15 doubles, seven home runs, 51 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 88 games. His patience at the plate could be improved, as he has just 16 walks to go with 97 strikeouts, but as a .300 career hitter with the ability to play center field, Lomuscio could find his way into playing time for the Cardinal, even as part of a very talented roster.
48. Jake Jackson, RHP, Nevada to Baylor
2021: 5-4, 5.45 ERA, 74.1 IP, 15 BB, 44 K, .353 AVG
Jackson has been a workhorse for the Wolf Pack each of the last four seasons. He finished his time in Reno with 216 innings pitched across 46 appearances and 42 starts. He was solid for Nevada’s regional team last season, but his best season came as a freshman, when he went 8-4 with a 5.42 ERA and 77 strikeouts compared to 22 walks in 84.2 innings. It’s also important to view his overall numbers through the context of his pitching in many offensive environments in the Mountain West Conference, where high ERAs are often the norm. Jackson leads with a fastball that can touch the low 90s, but he also has a varied repertoire that includes two different breaking balls and a changeup. He doesn’t induce many swings and misses, but he commands his stuff well and only walked 55 batters in his time with the Wolf Pack.
49. Eric Foggo, 1B, Stetson to Alabama
2021: .247/.344/.434, 166 AB, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 0 SB
An imposing figure at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, Foggo will bring serious power to the Alabama lineup in 2022. Foggo looked like he was in for a career year in 2020 with a .316 average and four home runs in 15 games at the time the season was canceled, and he wasn’t quite able to keep up that pace in 2021, although he did set a career high in home runs with eight. Foggo has made significant strides in plate discipline since he struck out 36 times and walked just five times as a freshman in 2018. Last season, for example, he had 23 walks (a career high) compared to 34 strikeouts (a career low for a full season), but barring another big jump in his bat-to-ball skills, it’s likely that his value continues to be tied to his power next season for the Crimson Tide.
50. Kole Kaler, SS, Hawaii to Texas A&M
2021: .314/.376/.435, 207 AB, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 15 SB
After spending the last two seasons at Hawaii, Kaler, an Arizona native, will return to the mainland to play out his college career at Texas A&M, which is doing heavy lifting in the transfer portal this offseason. Kaler can do a little bit of everything. Defensively, he handles a premium position. Offensively, he shows some gap power with 22 doubles and six triples in 67 career games on the islands and with 15 stolen bases last season, he’s a threat on the bases as well. With Texas A&M losing a lot of pieces in the lineup, it will be looking for new faces to make the lineup dynamic in 2022, and Kaler could be part of the solution.