Meet the true freshmen on the FAU Baseball team

Wesley Wright, Sports Editor

There are eight true freshmen playing for FAU baseball this coming year, and head coach John McCormack seems to be very happy with his promising group of new talent.

FAU baseball is coming off of their best season after being just two outs away from defeating the number one-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels and reaching the regionals of the College World Series last year. They’ve had 14 consecutive winning seasons over all and two Sun Belt titles in the past three seasons.

Now, with a large group of new freshmen, McCormack hopes to play to their strengths and continue the winning legacy of the baseball team.

Here’s what McCormack had to say about the new players and what they can bring to team…

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Stephen Kerr

#6 Infielder

“Infielder from Coral Springs. Very versatile. Can play short, second, third. Scrappy ballplayer. People enjoy watching him play,” McCormack said.

Hometown: Margate, Fla.

High School: Coral Springs Charter


David McKay
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#27 Pitcher

“Big arm. His ceiling is huge. He still needs to get his feet wet in college baseball,” McCormack said.

Hometown: Melbourne, Fla.

High School: Viera High School


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Kellen Brown

#8 Infielder/Outfielder

“Really good offensive player. We’re trying to make him into a super utility guy, and he’s working at it,” McCormack said.

Hometown: Dunedin, Fla.

High School: Dunedin High School


CJ Chatham
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#22 Infielder

“Huge, huge upside. In two or three years, he could be one of the best players we’ve had here in years,” McCormack said.

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

High School: American Heritage


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Jose Bonilla Traverso

#49 Outfielder

“Has all the tools. Can run, can throw, switch hitter. He just needs time to mature,” McCormack said.

Hometown: Aguada, Puerto Rico

High School: Elev8 Sports Academy


Sean Labsan
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#26 Pitcher/Outfielder

“I think it’s very good. Sean Labsan is going to be a pitcher and a position player, he has just as much power as anyone on our team, and he can pitch. He was drafted last year in the 15th, 16th round, turned some money down to come to school,” McCormack said.

Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.

High School: Riverview High School


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Kevin Abraham

#33 Catcher

“Kevin Abraham is another guy that is really, really going to be a good player here in the future,” McCormack said.

Hometown: Miramar, Fla.

High School: Mater Academy


Reid Neal 
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#40 Infielder

“Reid is a hard worker that gets the job  done at multiple positions. He plays the game the right way,” said McCormack to FAU Sports.

Hometown: Melbourne, Fla.

High School: Viera

Wesley Wright is the business manager of the University Press and one of its senior reporters. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter.