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Arizona Wildcats Baseball Schedule 2023
A coaching change always causes a lot of uncertainty, especially when it’s unexpected and when Jay Johnson unexpectedly left Arizona for LSU shortly after his College World Series run.
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His successor, Chip Hale, couldn’t match that success, but the Wildcats still produced a solid first season, culminating in a Monday night NCAA tournament loss to Ole Miss in the regional finals.
UA went 39-25 going 2-2 in Coral Gables, Florida, after a 2-2 display at the Pac-12 opener in Scottsdale. He finished fifth on the Pac-12 regular season table a year after winning the championship for the first time since 1992.
There were quite a few shared collaborators between Johnson’s last season and Hale’s first, but the 2023 lineup looks very different due to potential losses with professional football, graduation and the NCAA transfer threshold.
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Arizona’s 2022 roster includes only three seniors: left-handed pitchers Holden Christian and Garrett Irvin, and outfielder Blake Paugh. These three are not eligible and will not be returning.
Catcher Daniel Susac, whose ESPN, MLB.com and The Athletic drafts are set to be picked up by the New York Mets in next month’s first round draft, is also sure to move up.
As a draft-eligible sophomore who turned 21 in May, Susac’s stay in Tucson was always intended to be just two years, giving him the option to go elsewhere last season after leaving Johnson.
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“Coming to Arizona was the second best decision I’ve ever made, but the best decision was waiting” – Daniel Susac – Brian Pedersen (@realBJP) June 7, 2022
Right workhorse Quinn Flanagan has another year of eligibility, but has been in Arizona for the past five years and attended the Senior Night festivities last month with Christian, Irvin and Paugh, as well as junior right George Arias Jr. and Jonathan Guardado.
Hale touched on Flanagan at the post-Ole Miss press conference by suggesting that he was unable to play three games in 24 hours (scoring two saves in the process), especially for “the senior (who) will hopefully get it.” opportunity to play at a higher level.” This bodes well for Flanagan, who went 5-1 with a 1.63 ERA and appeared in 34 games, culminating in college baseball.
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In addition to those listed above, Arizona has several other draft-eligible players. Of these, outfielders Mac Bingham and Tanner O’Tremba, and third baseman Tony Bullard, are more likely to be drafted in the upcoming 20-round draft.
Bullard may be the first Wildcat to be caught after Susac due to his size (6ft 4in) and power, although the shoulder injury that plagued him early in the season could scare some teams. Both Bingham and O’Tremba expected their names to be called out, and like Bullard, they may end up signing professional deals depending on the size of their slot guaranteed bonus.
Shortstop Nik McClaughry is unlikely to be drafted, but if he is ready to start his professional career, the team is likely to be willing to sign him as a free agency.
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Four UA players have already put their names on the NCAA transfer portal in May: outfielder Matty Clark, outfielder Luis Tuero, outfielder Jacob Shaver and right hand Mason Millett. Tuero is the lone starter this season, appearing in two games with one stroke, while Shaver was short last season and Millet hasn’t played in two seasons since transferring from Pima College.
No doubt other Wildcats will follow, including those that could be successful in 2022. These days, it’s a form of college sports and for guys who were recruited by another coaching staff to Arizona and decided to try a new regime. They would be better suited elsewhere.
I don’t want to make any specific predictions, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if a few pitchers were moved. Hale said adding pitch depth was crucial for Arizona last season, and some of that addition may be by subtraction.
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Outfielder Chase Davis and righthander TJ Nichols are Arizona’s top 2023 draft picks, making next season a huge one for both them and the Wildcats. Davis had a breakout year in his sophomore year, hitting 18 homers after hitting just 30 bats as a freshman while Nichols was number one at UA. ), hitters (13) and wild pitches (13).
Garen Caulfield fell into the Arizona craze and became a very reliable hitter as the year progressed. He could replace McClaughry if he left, but otherwise put down a second lock as long as the bat stays strong.
Tommy Splaine and Noah Turley flashed stick and first base, and Splaine filled the open catcher spot well. Cameron LaLiberte impresses with his defensive play behind the plate and Jack Grant is a solid midfield midfielder.
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Injuries cost Chandler Murphy and Dawson Netz a lot, but both have an advantage as starters, as does shortstop Eric Orloff and right-hander Anthony “Tonko” Susac after their freshman ups and downs.
In the bullpen, right-hander Trevor Long should not start until he takes over a closer role in mid-2022, although the arrival of right-hander Chris Barraza from New Mexico state has been massive and he has one more year to qualify. Lefty Javyn Pimental has three, and as long as he limits walks (16 in 30 rounds), he’s a great piece of the relief puzzle.
Arizona signed 19 players in November, some committing to Johnson and others to Hale. There are 11 positional players and eight outfielders in the group, five of whom come from the junior ranks.
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This includes two members of the Central Arizona team that won the NJCAA World Series in Colorado.
1B/OF Kiko Romero hit 25 home runs (six in the World Series tied the record) and drove in 84, while left-hander Drew Sommers hit 92 in 53 rounds. Both can make an immediate impact, assuming they are not drafted and signed.
Just like any of the players preparing for UA. Baseball America and D1Baseball should add their top college and high school draft-eligible players soon, and there may be a few Wildcat signers.
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Convincing anyone who gets drafted – rookies or current players – is one of the few things Hale hasn’t done since returning to Arizona. But he said he was ready to become a UA reseller.
“We’re hoping we’ll have a full roster (drafters) and we’ll have to give a lot of rolls, whether it’s our current players or our recruits,” he said. “We believe we recruited at a high level and that will be part of the challenge. Everyone has to do what’s best for them, number one, and we want what’s best for them. So we’re going to sit down with them and explain why it’s probably better to come to the University of Arizona while you’re in your senior year of high school and do some training like Daniel and Chase. . They had the opportunity to sign out of high school and I think it was the best decision they ever made.
Arizona could always sign more high school and JUCO players and has already done so. Outfielder Emilio Santos, who played 20 games for Washington in 2021, spent the season at Pima where he hit .346 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs; committed to UA in March, according to AllSportsTucson.com.
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Arizona added two players to the portal last summer in Christian and Barraza, and it shows that they are active again in this area. D1Baseball transfer tracking already has over 1,700 names – including the previously mentioned UA members, as well as Santos, and
There are already some big names like Tommy White, the NCAA state slugger (who set the NCAA freshman homer record), Maui Ahuna of Kansas, and Air Force two-way star Paul Skenes, who saw Arizona in 2021 at Hi Corbett Field.
Baseball players must meet the threshold by July 1 to qualify for the 2023 season, and with fall practice beginning in late September, the next few months will be critical for roster management. The 2022 Arizona season ended in Coral Gables, Florida, where he lost to eventual national champion Ole Miss in the NCAA Regional Final. The Wildcats also played games in Nebraska and New Mexico and throughout the Pac-12 area.
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In 2023, the Wildcats will have significantly less road travel, and 40 of the 53 scheduled games will be played in their home state.
UA will play 31 home games at Hi Corbett Field beginning February 24 with a 3-game series against West Virginia. This is the start of a 7-game home game that includes a midweek game against Cal Baptist and a series against North Dakota State.
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