Ducks Baseball Looks to Fill in Offensive Holes

The Oregon baseball team was surprisingly knocked out in the regional round, as the eighth overall national seed could not muster enough offense to fend off the Rice Owls.  The Ducks had a tremendous pitching effort this year.  The combined 2.80 ERA for the staff carried the team throughout the PAC-12 conference schedule and into regional play.  However, a team’s occasional struggles at the plate eventual contributed to the abrupt end to their post season run.

Ryon Healy will be sorely missed in the middle of the lineup next year

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Ryon Healy will be sorely missed in the middle of the lineup next year.

Last year, the Ducks landed top talent Carson Kelly out of Westview High School in Portland. However, after being selected 86th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals, he decided to forgo college and take the money,  trying his hand at minor league baseball.  Kelly and Healy would have been a deadly combination in the middle of the order.  Just this past Thursday Ryon Healy was drafted 100th overall by the Oakland Athletics.  This will be a huge blow to a lineup which needs more power.  To add to the damage, finalist for the Stopper of the Year, Jimmie Sherfy was drafted 300th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Assuming these two key players leave for the majors, the Ducks will have a lot of holes to fill.  Luckily for the Ducks, they have George Horton, one of the best coaches in the nation.  He has the ability to develop players and recruit as well.  The situation right now might seem worrisome, but I expect Horton and the Ducks to be back next year competing in regional play.

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Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. He is from San Francisco, California and loves all sports, with his favorites being baseball and basketball. Luc is a die hard bay area sports fan and has been spoiled with the recent success of his teams in the past year. He did not become a Ducks fan until he came to the university 3 years ago, but now accepts them along with his other favorite teams. When Luc is not writing, thinking, or playing sports, he enjoys watching Seinfeld reruns and hanging out with friends. Luc is open to feed back. Follow him on twitter @luchancock