When you have an elite team, some very good players are going to struggle for playing time, and be forced to consider the decision to transfer elsewhere. With the recruiting prowess of Tim Corbin and Co., there was always going to be competition at all spots. However, with Jason Delay spurning the six figure offer of the San Fransisco Giants for one last shot at CWS glory, and top prospect catcher Tyler Duvall joining the squad, senior Karl Ellison knew that playing time behind the dish was going to be scarce. Liam Sabino, who showed an advanced bat during the 2016 season by slashing .302/.400/.419 with 2 2Bs and 1 HR, was only able to get 43 at bats last year. Sabino, a junior, faced an uphill battle for competition at 2nd, 1st, and DH by the likes of sophomores Ethan Paul, Alonzo Jones, and Julian Infante - all of whom are ahead of him on the depth chart.
Karl Ellison, a defensive maven, and championship catcher of the likes of Carson Fulmer, will transfer to Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Liam Sabino, a power bat who could never find consistent playing time in a stacked infield, will transfer closer to his home and play for The University of Pittsburgh Fightin' Stallingses.
We wish you both good luck in extending your baseball dreams.
2 Vandy Baseball transfers to report:— Max Herz (@MaxHerzTalks) September 3, 2016
-Junior INF Liam Sabino to Pitt
-Senior C Karl Ellison to Lynn Univ. (Boca Raton, FL)#VandyBoys