Highly-touted Freshman Jordan McFarland, one of the top 100 players out of the state of Illinois arrives at Arkansas after being drafted in the 36th round by the Washington Nationals.
"Tremendous track record as a hitter. A lot of ability. The sky is the limit. But how soon is he going to mature at the college level? To handle different off speed pitches, you know, the way college pitching is different than high school pitching," Hitting Coach Tony Vitello said.
The six-three 200 pound first baseman makes the transition to Arkansas after being ranked as the 4th best high school player in Illinois.
"There's a bunch of adjustments I've had to make. When you go to the first at bat, you know the adjustments you make on and on. Guys like Luke Bonfield, you know Carson Shaddy, have done a real good job of helping me make adjustments...throughout the game," McFarland notes.
The Hogs open the season Friday at 3 p.m. at home against Miami of Ohio.
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