We’re back with part two of our 2023 Hurricanes baseball team preview. Today we’re previewing the outfield and DH positions. Though losing a ton of production with Jacob Burke entering the MLB draft, the Canes return a lot of depth and talent. A mix of young guys and veterans could lead to an outburst of production. The OBB Hurricanes Baseball Preview is on deck.
This is part two of four in the OBB Legend position-by-position breakdown, Here are potential starters in: The Outfield/DH
- CF: Jacoby Long
- LF: Zach Levenson
Miami Hurricanes Baseball Celebrate vs Florida State on May 14 2022 – Courtesy of Miami Hurricanes Athletics
- RF/DH: Lorenzo Carrier / Ian Farrow
Jacoby Long is an intriguing player. The speedy junior could be primed to take the next step in his game. If he does, he can be an integral part of the lineup. He’s already a good defender in center field. If his bat can take that next step, his speed will be a dangerous facet for this line up.
Zach Levenson is returning for his junior season at The U. He started 37 games last season (23 games at DH; 14 at right field). He slashed .300/.420/.531 while hitting 7 home runs and driving in 28 runs. Combining good power with the ability to get on base at a good rate, Levenson could be a key cog in the middle of the Canes lineup.
Lorenzo Carrier, to me, has the biggest upside on the team. His combination of size and athleticism is something to get excited over. His 2022 season was cut short after 15 games but he hit for a .250 batting average with two home runs. He also added nine RBI’s while posting a .413 on-base percentage and a .528 slugging percentage. I expect Carrier to take the next step in his game and become one of the best power hitters in the ACC.
Ian Farrow comes by way of the transfer portal via Florida Gulf Coast University. His power is undeniable. He slashed .322/.410/.624 while blasting 21 HR and driving in 75 runs. Both of those would’ve led the Miami Hurricanes last season. Like with most power hitters, there’s a lot of swing-and-miss in his game. But if he can get close to matching his production from last season, he can fill the void left by Jacob Burke.
The remaining depth will be filled by veterans Gaby Gutierrez and Edgardo Villegas, who appeared in 47 and 50 games respectively. Nevada transfer Dario Gomez brings a ton of experience having started 54 games last season. Freshman Kaden Martin, the 16th ranked outfielder and 67th player overall, brings some lefty pop and should compete for playing time.
This is a very deep and intriguing position group. With so much depth at this position, the DH is likely going to be one of these guys. Coach Gino DiMare has a ton of options and combinations for games and situations. This should be a fun group to watch evolve and compete as the season goes on.
Be sure to catch us next week, when we release the pitching staff outlook.
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