Ezell signs with Rays
FAYETTEVILLE - Bryant native and Southeastern Missouri State graduate Trevor Ezell has parlayed a great graduate transfer baseball season for the
SEC West Conference cochampions and College World Series qualified Arkansas Razorbacks into a pro career.
Ezell signed a free-agent contract Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Rays it was announced Wednesday.
A second baseman at SEMO forced to play first base at Arkansas because some early-season games at second showed his ongoing recovery from shoulder surgery hadn’t progressed to make the throws required of a middle infielder, Ezell never played first base until joining Coach Dave Van Horn’s Razorbacks.
He learned it so fast and played it so well that by the SEC coaches he was voted the first baseman on the ALLSEC Defensive team.
A switch-hitter batting leadoff, Ezell started every game for the 46-20 Razorbacks and hit .329, second on the team, with 10 home runs, 49 RBIS and a team-leading 19 stolen bases in 20 attempts.
For the Razorbacks eight-game postseason run winning the four-team Fayetteville Regional and beating Ole Miss 2 of 3 to win the Super Regional in Fayetteville before losing 1-0 and 5-4 to Florida State and Texas Tech at the College World Series in Omaha, Ezell was Arkansas’ best hitter. He hit .459, 17 for 37, those postseason games including six doubles, two home runs and eight RBIS.
A 4.0 GPA graduate student majoring in operations management at the University of Arkansas’ Walton School of Business, Ezell was named to the Google Cloud Baseball All-academic All-american team.
Ezell becomes the Razorbacks first player in 2019 to sign as an undrafted free agent.
During the three-day Major League draft, Razorbacks junior center fielder Dominic Fletcher (Arizona Diamondbacks), junior second baseman Jack Kenley (Detroit Tigers), junior pitchers Isaiah Campbell (Seattle Mariners), Matt Cronin (Washington Nationals), Jacob Kostyshock (Colorado Rockies), Cody Scroggins (Boston Red Sox) were drafted, as was senior catcher Zack Plunkett (Los Angeles Dodgers).
Former Bryant Hornet and Arkansas Razorbacks graduate transfer Trevor Ezell dives back to first while a member of the Hornets. Ezell signed a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.
Former Bryant Hornet and Arkansas graduate transfter Trevor Ezell squares to bunt in a game this past season. Ezell signed a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.