COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the final segment of a four-part Buckeye baseball preview for the 2020 season, we’ll touch on the Ohio State outfielders. Tuesday, we took a look at the arms who will lead those on the bump and we focused on the Buckeye catchers Wednesday before taking a look at an experienced group around the infield Thursday.
Head coach Greg Beals is looking to the Buckeye outfield to solidify itself after the departures of All-American Dominic Canzone and Second Team All-Big Ten pick Brady Cherry. The two led Ohio State in batting average and slugging percentage a year ago, combining for 33 doubles, three triples, 32 home runs, 113 runs scored and 95 RBI.
“We lost some players in the outfield so we need to figure that out and solidify it heading into the season,” Beals said. “We’re very talented but also inexperienced in the outfield.”
Replacing some of that production will fall on the shoulders of a youthful but gifted bunch including sophomore Nolan Clegg, redshirt junior Scottie Seymour, redshirt junior Jake Ruby and redshirt freshman Alec Taylor along with incoming freshmen Joey Aden, Caden Kaiser and Mitchell Okuley.
The Buckeyes open the 2020 campaign against St. Joseph’s at 1 p.m. Feb. 14 in Port Charlotte, Fla.