College Baseball Central Podcast: Talking South Alabama Baseball with Creg Stephenson

On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy is joined by Creg Stephenson to talk South Alabama baseball. 

The Jags went into the 2018 season with relatively high expectations for their campaign. They boasted an experienced, physical offense and the program’s track record of developing pitching was such that you figured they would find pieces to slot into roles on the mound. But thanks in large part to injuries, both before the season and as the season went along, they simply weren’t able to do enough to put themselves in position to grab a spot in the field of 64.

Now, albeit with some turnover to deal with on the roster due to the draft and graduation, they will hope that good health, development from some returning players, and the emergence of impact newcomers will place them back in the postseason mix in 2019.

Among the topics discussed on this episode are:

  • How to characterize a season that fell short of expectations
  • Signs throughout the 2018 season that might have hinted that the path to the postseason would be a difficult one to navigate
  • What made Travis Swaggerty such a special player and his place among the greats to play at South Alabama
  • To what extent the 2018 team was able to effectively find roles for the pitchers on the staff
  • What to expect as far as leadership on offense in 2019
  • Contenders for next season’s weekend rotation
  • What will have to go right for the program to be back in the postseason in 2019
  • Mobile-area food recommendations

Thanks for listening, everyone!

About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.