Johnny Field and Joseph Maggi - Harry How
Johnny Field's back, but how will the rest of the outfield shape up this year?
Last year's outfield of Joey Rickard, Robert Refsnyder and Johnny Field was ridiculous to watch at times, both in the field and at the plate. With Rickard and Refsnyder gone, who will Coach Andy Lopez turn to?
Johnny Field (Jr.) won the Pac-12 batting title last year with his .370 batting average, drove in 44 runs, and stole 11 bases. He primarily played in left field, but it looks as though he will at the very least start this year in center. Expect Joseph Maggi (So.) to start in either left or right. Maggi spent last year splitting time at first base with Brandon Dixon, so it should be interesting to see how he responds to being moved to the outfield, and getting the chance to start every day.
The other corner outfield spot is a little more up in the air. Jackson Willeford (Fr.) and Scott Kingery (Fr.) seem to be the best options the Cats have for that third spot, along with Cody Ramer (Fr.) and Tyler Parmenter (So.). Kingery has the best speed out of all these guys, which could put him in center and move Field back to left where he fits better. Kingery did have a bout with mononucleosis though after being the team's leading hitter during fall ball. Once he's fully recovered, he should be out there almost every day to add some speed to the Arizona lineup.
A young outfield is one thing that's a definite this year. Johnny Field is going to be the only upperclassman out there, with the young guys battling for playing time. It'll be interesting to see who stands out early in the year and earns that playing time when conference season comes around.