Ezell signs with Rays

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Nate Allen Ra­zor­backs Re­port

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).

Courier file photo

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.

CRANT OS­BORNE/NATE Allen Sports Ser­vice

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.

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