Three Division I players with significant resumes have switched schools at the semester, with one of them yet to find a new home.
That would be Louisiana State sophomore outfielder Jared Bogany, who hit .319/.356/.393 as a freshman for the Tigers last season, though he had just nine extra-base hits. A Houston product, Bogany was given his release by first-year coach Paul Mainieri and had yet to decide on a new school. He was a 15th-round pick of the Pirates in 2005 but didn’t sign.
“We wish Jarred well, and we hope he experiences success at the school of his choice,” Mainieri said in a statement. “In order to reach the goals we have established for our program, we need to have players who are sincerely committed to enhancing the great tradition of LSU Baseball. We will continue to recruit and develop players who are dedicated to achieving the same goals.”
Outfielder Diallo Fon, an Aflac All-American in 2004 as a high school junior, left Vanderbilt after the fall semester and has transferred to Arizona. An unsigned 49th-round pick in 2005 of the Yankees, he redshirted last year with the Commodores.
Matt Spencer, who played three outfield spots, first base and pitcher at North Carolina, transferred at the semester to Arizona State. Spencer, a 24th-round pick of the Red Sox in 2004, hit .278/.357/.443 with 15 stolen bases last season for the Tar Heels, though he didn’t pitch last season. He’s the fifth player on the Sun Devils roster who began his college career at a different Division I school.