Five USF baseball players announce transfer portal status
With the completion of the 2022 baseball season, five members of the Bulls baseball team took to social media to announce their choice to enter the transfer portal on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The first news to break was the departure of redshirt junior infielder Nick Gonzalez, which was revealed by Bulls Insider on Twitter.
South Florida SS Nick Gonzalez has entered the portal as a graduate transfer. Gonzales started 38 games this season, batted .302.@nick_gonzalez2
— USF Bulls | BullsInsider.com (@USFBulls_Rivals) May 31, 2022
Gonzalez has been with South Florida since 2019, playing in 160 games for the green and gold. In those games, he started 145 of them with a career batting average of .236.
However, USF might be losing one of its key players at the peak of his college career. In the 2022 season alone, Gonzalez batted a .302 in 38 games started.
Another veteran of the USF roster making his way to the transfer portal for his graduate year is redshirt junior outfielder Jarett Eaton.
Eaton joined the Bulls roster in 2021, playing a big part in what was South Florida’s best year of baseball, going from last in the conference to super-regional contenders.
In his first year, he carried a batting average of .276 playing in 39 games but dropped his average to a .217 in 43 games played this past season.
He took to Twitter to announce his status in hopes of “finding a great program to finish [his] college career.”
Another player who is set to announce his availability is redshirt freshman infielder Keanu Jacobs-Guishard.
He started his career in 2021, appearing in four games before suffering a season-ending injury. However, he batted well in the games he appeared in with five RBI and a home run.
In his comeback year, he only started in 15 games while playing in 31. He was only able to scrape away a.191 batting average in his limited at-bats.
Last night on Twitter, he made a similar post to teammate Eaton announcing his intentions for the next coming year.
I had plans and visions of doing great things at USF, but after a lot of discussion with my family and prayer, it has shown me that God has plans for me elsewhere, so I have entered the transfer portal with 3 years of eligibility left. Looking forward to great opportunity🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/a29yC2B1FM
— Keanu Jacobs-Guishard🚀 (@keanu_jg) June 1, 2022
As per D1 Baseball on Wednesday afternoon, two more players declared the transfer portal. Freshman pitcher Jake Feffer and redshirt freshman outfielder and pitcher Albert Hernandez were both listed.
Feffer didn’t see any playing time in his first and only year with the Bulls. Hernandez didn’t appear in any games in 2021 due to Tommy John surgery and only made appearances in four games with 1.2 innings pitched.
This story was updated.