Alabama baseball: New assistant coach coming, top recruit (probably) going
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at Alabama baseball’s latest additions and subtractions.
One day after adding his first assistant coach, Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon made another new hire and almost certainly lost his prize in-state recruit.
Outfielder Bubba Thompson, from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, turned down football scholarships to sign with Alabama to play baseball. Playing quarterback, Thompson led the Yellow Jackets to a runner-up finish in the state’s 7A football championship. Alabama’s coaching staff and fans were understandably thrilled because Thompson is a talented outfielder with show-stopping defensive skills.
The Texas Rangers thought so, too, selecting Thompson in the first round of the MLB draft on Monday.
Thompson will be offered a multimillion-dollar signing bonus to join the Rangers. He could make much more given his standing as a top-30 recruit in America. He’ll almost certainly take that deal and leave Alabama behind.
The future of Alabama baseball still is taking shape, as Bohannon hired Jason Jackson from FAU as an assistant coach. Jackson joins Alabama after helping the Owls to back-to-back NCAA berths in 2015-16.
On Friday, Bohannon hired Jerry Zulli, who specializes in hitting instruction and has built a reputation as a good recruiter, as an assistant coach.
- Cecil Hurt goes deep on the Ole Miss NCAA investigation.
- Greg Byrne is the future of athletics directors.
- AL-dot-com presents its 71st preseason All-SEC offense and SEC West projections. Congratulations to AL-dot-com for its seven decades of success.
- Marq Burnett named Alabama’s 20th most important player of the year.
- Chris Walsh power-ranked the top programs at Alabama this year.
Built by Bama
In MLB action, third baseman Josh Rutledge went 0 for 3 as the Red Sox beat the Phillies 6-5 in 11 innings.
Wide receiver Richard Mullaney signed with the Cleveland Browns.
Linebacker Adrian Hubbard signed with the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks, who will inevitably fall to My Saskatchewan Ruff Ryders.
Eddie Lacy’s contract with the Seattle Seahawks is built to keep him slim with bonuses if he meets certain weight targets. After Monday, he’ll be a slightly richer man, proportionally speaking.
Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy passed his weigh-in today, per source. Should collect his $55K for being 250 lb or below.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) June 12, 2017
Around the Capstone
The softball team finished the season ranked 12th in the country, a high finish for a team that didn’t make it out of the Super Regional. Alabama has finished in the Top 25 every year since 2000.
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Correction: Linebacker Adrian Hubbard’s first name was misspelled in the original post. SEC Country regrets the error.