With the semester officially ending this week in Coral Gables, the University of Miami club baseball team has shifted focus from fall workouts to the NCBA season that begins Feb. 1.
The Hurricanes are coming off a 14-win season, their best mark in program history, and have added 10 new players to an already talented roster.
Pitcher Dan Briggi, catcher Matt Fernandez, and head coach Mike North talk pitching during the fall.
On the mound, newcomers Chandler Andrewson, Brian Castles, and Vince Panvini figure to see a lot of innings this season. Andrewson and Panvini, both freshmen, can either start or pitch out of the bullpen. Division I transfer Castles is expected to provide late-inning depth in close games.
"Our pitching staff was a strength last year," said head coach Mike North. "But the arms we've added will take pressure off of our offense."
The offense received a boost with the additions of first baseman Jake Greenberg and outfielder Jimmy Maguire, two sluggers who can expect to hit in the middle of the lineup. Additionally, infielders Beau Hauser and Adam White will see time up the middle. Outfielders James Oliver, Austin Sapin, and Jake Skolnik all figure to improve the defense and team speed while hitting at the top of the order. White also provides depth behind the plate as an additional catcher.
"The position players we added can all hit and have shown an ability to play defense," said North. "But most importantly, the new guys all play with an impressive level of grit. They are tough outs. They will run through walls to help us win."
Both Andrewson and Castles are two-way players. Andrewson figures to see time in the infield and Castles can expect to patrol the corner outfield positions.
"We have a great crop of new talent that will help make us a more complete team come spring," said team president Dan Briggi.