Miami Hurricanes third baseman Yohandy Morales watches a ball leave the yard – Courtesy of Miami Hurricanes Athletics
Regardless of how it ended, the 2022 Miami Hurricanes Baseball Season was a success. They improved on last year and reached #2 in the rankings mid-season. The proof is in the individual accolades that are now coming on for some on the roster.
Third baseman Yohandy Morales was named all-region by the ABCA (American baseball Coaches Association) as he earned NCAA Div. I Southeast All-Region Second Team distinction. Yoyo had a monster season with 18 homers, 59 rbi’s and an OPS of 1.061 which is why he was invited to participate in the 2022 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp. If selected, Yoyo will become the 28th Canes to join the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team joining legends like Charles Johnson, Alex Fernandez, Pat Burrell and most recently, Zack Collins.
Ace of the staff, Carson Palmquist, had a huge season as he transitioned from closer to starter. The sophomore was named to the NCAA Div. 1 Southeast All-Region First Team by the ABCA. Carson stepped up this season with a 9-4 record over 16 starts. He posted a 2.89 era and struck out 118 over 84 innings. Opponents mustered only a .221 batting average off of him.
Closer, Andrew Walters, was also named to the NCAA Div. 1 Southeast All-Region First Team by the ABCA in addition to being a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year and a Collegiate Baseball First Team All-American. Walters had 14 saves, which was tied for 5th in the country, and a nasty 1.65 era as batters hit a meager .116 against him. For reference, that .116 batting average against had opposing hitters crying in their girlfriends’ laps when they got back to campus.
UPDATE: Andrew has now collected his third All-American honor as he was named second-team by the ABCA/Rawlings.
Next season is going to be fun!