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!