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Alabama Baseball Roster Breakdown; players leave and return in 2025

Alabama’s first baseball season of the Rob Vaughn era ended with a quick exit from the Tallahassee Regional.

The Crimson Tide (33-24) lost an 8-7 decision to UCF on Friday and fell into the losers bracket. Alabama was eliminated by Stetson in the elimination game, losing 4-0 on Saturday. Alabama ended the season on a three-game losing streak, including a 10–5 loss to South Carolina in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

“The lasting memory of the 2024 Alabama baseball team will be a group of fighters, a group of tough kids and a group that came together to do some special things,” Vaughn said after the loss to Stetson. teams that can’t wait for the season to be over, but that’s the exact opposite of this team. It hurts to see this end.”

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Vaughn took over a team that was experiencing more than its fair share of roster turnover and off-the-field turmoil. Still, his first Alabama team won 13 games in a tough SEC. With his first full offseason ahead of him, Vaughn and his staff will look to reload and retool Alabama’s roster through the transfer portal and the incoming freshman class in hopes of building a team that can make deeper runs in the postseason .

Here’s a look at Alabama’s baseball roster heading into the 2024 offseason:

Who will lose Alabama baseball in 2025?

Alabama will lose two of its starting outfielders. Evan Sleight was the starter in right field to start the season, but eventually gave up that spot to William Hamiter. Both Sleight and Hamiter are graduating seniors who have exhausted their college eligibility. TJ McCants is also a senior in midfield. Coleman Mizell, a freshman who saw a handful of at-bats this season, is a name to keep an eye on in the outfield.

Second base is another position to keep an eye on. Bryce Eblin started there for most of the season, with Max Grant filling in when Eblin was injured for a while. Both are seniors who have no additional rights. Will Portera and Mason Swinney are names to watch as potential starters at second base next year.

Alabama will also have a new face behind the plate. Catcher Mac Guscette is a senior, while his immediate backup, Kameron Guangorena, is a graduating senior. Alabama has three other catchers on its roster, and Portera is listed as a catcher/infielder on the team’s roster.

In the pitching rotation, Greg Farone is the only key starter who has used all his eligibility. Ben Hess’ return is up in the air, as he is eligible for the MLB Draft but didn’t have as strong a junior season as many expected after suffering an injury that kept him out for most of his sophomore year.

Left fielder Ian Petrutz, first baseman Will Hodo and third baseman Gage Miller are other members of the starting lineup who could decide to turn pro. Miller seems likely to do so after a stellar season in which he led the team in nearly every offensive statistic.

Who will Alabama baseball return in 2025?

Alabama plans to return a pair of SEC freshmen to the 2025 team. Left-handed pitcher Zane Adams worked his way into the starting rotation over the weekend and should be in a solid starting position next season with the loss of Farone and the potential loss of Hess. Justin Lebron, who was also named to the all-SEC first team and defensive team, has started every game at shortstop this season and is a key part of the lineup both offensively and defensively.

Kade Snell should also have a role on next year’s team, although his role may shift more than other returners. Snell was the midweek starter on the mound and was the team’s designated hitter for most of the season. His talents at the plate are evident, but he could be called to the mound more often next season.

Riley Quick started the year as the weekend starter before undergoing Tommy John surgery after just one appearance. His full recovery timeline is unknown, but if Quick is healthy in time for the start of next season, he will be a name to watch on the mound.

Alabama’s bullpen is also full of youth. Matthew Heiberger emerged as one of the Tide’s top relievers as a true freshman, while freshmen Tyler Fay and Austin Morris also had a good time on the mound. Sophomores Pierce George and Alton Davis II, as well as juniors Braylon Myers and Coulson Buchanan, also had some good relief outings. Pitcher is the position group most likely to be significantly impacted by the departures and additions of transfer portals.