Tracking USF baseball spring invitees

Tracking USF baseball spring invitees

  • This will be a thread that tracks the spring training invitees for recent USF alumni.

    Former USF 2B/SS Kevin Merrell received a non-roster spring training invite to Kansas City Royals camp. He hit .353 for the Bulls in three seasons with 82 RBI and 56 stolen bases. The Steinbrenner (Lutz, Fla.) alumnus received a call up to Oakland's AA affiliate, Midland, last season, where he hit .235 before being traded to Kansas City in the deal that sent Homer Bailey out west (as a Reds fan that can't stand Homer Bailey, the A's got fleeced).

    At AA Northwest Arkansas, the former first round pick hit .246 in 82 games with 13 doubles, four triples and two home runs. Merrell had 34 RBI and 13 stolen bases and 37 runs scored. He'll likely spend another year in the minors, maybe starting in AA with a AAA or September callup looming in the next year or two.

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    Former USF reliever Tommy Eveld has received a non-roster invite to spring training with the Miami Marlins. This is his second invite to Marlins camp after being cut in 2019. Eveld played both football and baseball for the Bulls, however, he never saw the field after redshirting in 2012, not seeing game action in 2013 and then injuring his knee in 2014. Eveld then transitioned to the diamond in 2015, having a 6.11 ERA in 28 IP.

    His redshirt junior year was much better - in 2016, he went 0-3 with a 2.21 ERA in 53.0 IP throughout 26 appearances. He struck out 67 batters and held opponents to a .189 BAA. The Jesuit High grad was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 9th round of the 2016 draft. Arizona sent him to Miami in 2018 in the Brad Ziegler deal.

    Eveld started the season in AAA-New Orleans, struggling there with a 7.71 ERA in 18 appearances. He landed on the IL in May, returning in June and was then assigned to AA-Jacksonville. Working as the primary closer, Eveld was 2-3 with a 2.77 ERA and 11 saves in 26 IP, striking out 36 with a 0.89 WHIP.