Young but Solid
It’s obvious the Rebels have some key experienced players returning but success in 2019 will depend on the younger players who are hoping to their mark in their sophomore seasons. One sophomore who had an outstanding freshman season is Tyler Keenan. In 2018 the freshman All-American was amazing at both the plate and the field hitting .301 with 9 homeruns. Keenan also slugged at a .520 percentage. Keenan started 50 games at 3rd base while committing only 5 errors on the season.
The SEC is a tough gig for freshmen hitters and we’ve seen freshmen in the past who made vast improvements from their freshmen to sophomore seasons. One exciting sophomore who we can expect to have a much better 2019 season is Anthony Servideo. In 2018 Servideo hit .235 at the plate with 1 homerun. Servideo started 15 games in 2018 with 12 starts coming at 2nd base and 3 starts coming at shortstop. Servideo was selected to the 2018 SEC All-Freshman Team and Ole Miss baseball fans could see the emergence of Servideo as a stronger hitter in 2019.
Another sophomore to watch in 2019 will be Tim Elko who started just 11 games in 2018 hitting .216 with 1 homerun. All of Elko’s starts came at 3rd base. Sophomore Michael Spears is another Rebels player who should see more action in 2019. In 2018 Spears appeared in 24 games hitting .118 but should be much more productive in 2019. Another sophomore to keep eyes on is Carl Gindl. In 2018 Gindl appeared in 15 games as a freshman and had 3 walks, 2 RBI and 4 runs scored in just 6 at bats.