I will give a small breakdown on what the new guys have done and what may happen next year. Who has made the most impact.
1a. Alex Detz, 1B/3B/DH, bats left. A junior college transfer from California. He started fast subbing for Wes Rea at 1B and getting huge hits in the first part of the season. Once Rea got back played at DH and lately starting at 3B. Currently, batting 2nd in the order, he is the leader in walks on the team. May be drafted in June by MLB. If he stays will be a starter in 2014, somewhere. A huge recruiting victory for the staff bc of his impact.
1b. Brett Pirtle, 2B, switch hitter. A junior college transfer from Texas. It took him a while to get going but lately has been hitting cleanup and a vacuum cleaner at 2B. Had 2 brothers play college baseball, one at Vanderbilt. He grinds at bats and is a baller. May be drafted in June by MLB. If he stays will be a starter in 2014 at 2B or SS. Another huge recruiting victory for the staff based on his impact.
2. Jacob Robson, LF, bats left. A true freshman from Canada. Played on Canadian National team so has seen big time baseball. He has started some in LF and subbed alot. His bat has come alive the last couple of weeks. A really good recruiting job by John Cohen. He will play or start a whole bunch in 2014.
3. Derrick Armstrong, OF/DH, bats right. A junior college transfer from Tennessee. The last couple of weeks has gotten more playing time. A speedster in the OF and a solid bat. Adds depth to DH and OF. He again could be drafted in June by MLB. If not will be a big part of the OF in 2014.
4. Myles Gentry, RHP, side armer. A true freshman from the coast of Mississippi. Earned a spot in the bullpen bc of his movement from down under. Showed flashes in the preseason before the SEC. He hasn't pitched lately but he can come in and put fires out. Will be big part of bullpen in 2014.
5. Kyle Hann, 2B/3B, bats right. A true freshman from Canada. Played on Canadian National team so has seen big time baseball. Played a lot in preseason at 2B/3B, a couple of starts. Cohen has brought him along slow but he will be a really good player before he leaves. Another great recruiting victory by staff. He will play a lot or start in 2014.
6. John Marc Shelly, RHP. A true freshman from the Memphis area. Has pitched a few innings before SEC play started. He can throw hard. He will play a whole bunch in 2014 out of bullpen. A really nice pickup from an area known for players.
Zach Randolph, C. A junior college transfer from Mississippi. He will come back in the fall and compete for both catcher spots, starter and backup.
Daniel Garner, C. A true freshman from Alabama. His swing is really good. He is working on his skills as a catcher. He will also compete for the two spots.