University of Tennessee baseball starts its season on Friday against Western Illinois at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols are bringing back some old faces while adding some new ones. Let’s take a look at where some of those players finished up in the 2019 season and where some of them will be in 2020.
First, the Vols needed to replace three right-handed arms in Garrett Stallings, Zach Linginfelter and Andrew Shultz, all of whom were selected in last year’s MLB Draft. The Vols also lost Will Neely who started 37 games over his four-year career.
Here are the returning pitchers.
Will Heflin, LHP: Heflin opens 2020 as the Vols most reliable bullpen arm. In 2019, he went 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 26 appearances. He finished the season with career bests in appearances, ERA, and strikeouts with 35. However, Heflin is recovering from a knee injury and won’t be back until SEC play.
“He’s really attacked the rehab like we have been wanting him to,” head coach Tony Vitello said. “Another thing about that, is that he is a pretty athletic agile guy for a left-handed pitcher. Most people think of lefties as weirdos but Will is…