Baseball Position Preview: Outfield
Brendon Sanger to play right field

Brendon Sanger to play right field

Feb. 3, 2014

BOCA RATON, Fla. - With less than two weeks until opening day, FAUSports.com takes a look at the breakdown of the 2014 Florida Atlantic University baseball team.

Two sluggers will anchor the FAU outfield to start the season, with starters Tyler Rocklein and Brendon Sanger returning for Head Coach John McCormack.

Rocklein, a 6-foot, 3-inch senior, will get the starting nod in left field. The Bradenton, Fla. native led the Owls with 49 RBI in 2013. His 16 multiple-RBI games were the most on the team and his team-leading ten home runs were twice as many as any other returning player.

Rocklein's 20 doubles and 122 total bases also led the team while he ranked second in slugging percentage at .504. He started in all of his 62 games played.

Sophomore sensation Sanger will start the season in right field after leading the team at the plate in 2013. His .347 batting average and four triples led the Owls and his 31 strikeouts in 173 at-bats were the fewest among regular starters. The Fort Myers native also ranked second on the squad in runs scored with 49.

Sanger's on-base percentage of .436 and his 28 RBI helped him earn 2014 Preseason All-Conference USA honors by Perfect Game.

Center field looks to be played by a parliament of Owls, at least to start the season. Sophomore Billy Endris and freshman Jose Bonilla Traverso will each see time in the field, along with newcomers Danny Murray and Sean Labsan.

 

 

Endris saw action in 26 games in 2013, collecting five RBI on eight hits and four walks. A native of Tampa, Fla., Endris did not commit an error in his freshman campaign.

Bonilla Traverso comes to FAU from Aguada, Puerto Rico, where he hit .386 and stole 25 bases. At 5-feet, 11-inches, his speed and explosiveness could be valuable in center.

Danny Murray was an All-County outfielder at Palm Harbor University High School and is another speedy weapon in McCormack's roster.

Sean Labsan was selected by Texas in the 17th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, but chose to come to FAU to get an education and further hone his skills. The freshman could see time in the outfield when he's not on the mound.

FAU is ranked No. 24 in the Perfect Game preseason poll, 30th in the NCBWA poll, and is receiving votes in other national polls.

The Owls open their 2014 season on Saturday, Feb. 15 with a home doubleheader against Notre Dame. First pitches are scheduled for 1 and 6 p.m. at the FAU Baseball Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

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