Sept. 27, 2012
While major league baseball teams have spring training to get prepared for their season, fall practice is an important time for the Florida Atlantic University baseball team. Coach John McCormack's squad will begin defense of last season's Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship when it hits the diamond to begin fall practice on Sunday, September 30.
Fall practice is a time for players to learn new positions, returning players to reinforce fundamental skills and newcomers to challenge for supporting roles on the 2013 team.
Last year, Mike Albaladejo settled into playing second base after being a three-year starter at catcher. He ended up earning all-SBC honors last spring.
Who will be the Owls' second baseman is one of the questions heading into fall practice. Other openings exist at third base, a couple of the starting roles in the pitching rotation and the closer's role in the bullpen - a spot where R.J. Alvarez blossomed into a third-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Angels.
Alvarez's replacement could be redshirt senior reliever Hugh Adams, who missed last season with an injury after earning All-SBC and All-South Central regional honors in 2011. The right hander is coming off a successful summer season on the mound for the Bethesda Big Train.
We'll see how things stack up throughout this fall. One thing is certain: The Owls will be ready to challenge for another league title next spring.
Learn more about the team heading into fall practice here.
FAU is scheduled to play one exhibition game this fall, facing Team British Columbia on October 24, before the annual four-game intra-squad World Series on November 7-10.