With a name like Travis Swaggerty, how could the South Alabama outfielder not have success?
Thanks to his fantastic name (and, of course, his talent), Swaggerty has enjoyed plenty of success since arriving on the South Alabama’s Mobile campus for the 2016 season.
As a freshman, he hit .303/.431/.422 with 12 doubles, four home runs, 27 RBI, and 20 stolen bases, and he showed up when the lights were brightest for the Jags. In the Tallahassee Regional at the end of the 2016 season, he hit .412 with a double, a triple, a home run, and four runs scored to earn himself a spot on the Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament Team.
Then, in 2017, he backed up that performance in a big way by hitting .356/.484/.571 with 12 doubles, 11 homers, 60 RBI, and 19 stolen bases. He also walked 49 times (and was hit by eight pitches), compared to 45 strikeouts.
On the back of that outstanding sophomore season, he received an invite to spend the summer with Collegiate Team USA, where he continued his assault on the baseball and shored up his place among the very best prospects in college baseball for the 2018 MLB Draft. With Team USA, he hit .328/.449/.406 and went six-for-seven in stolen bases. After the summer, D1Baseball.com named him the number six prospect on Team USA and the number 24 prospect overall for the upcoming draft.
In the more immediate future, he’ll look to lead USA back to the postseason for the third straight season, which would be the first time the Jags have done that since the program got to nine consecutive regionals between 1995 and 2003 under Steve Kittrell.
Swaggerty is obviously a key piece of the puzzle for the team, but the return of Dylan Hardy (.363/.424/.498), Brendan Donovan (.336/.448/.564, 9 HR), Drew LaBounty (.301/.447/.444, 16 doubles), and Wells Davis (.293/.412/.532, 14 HR) ensures that there will be plenty of firepower around the star outfielder.
Swaggerty is a whole lot of fun to watch play, but do so soon, because with his talent and production, we’re likely coming up on his final season in college baseball.