This year the Diamond Hogs needed some guys to step up and make an impact on the field after losing several key players to the MLB Draft. Trevor Ezell has answered that call.
Ezell, a grad transfer from Southeast Missouri State, just recently earned All-SEC Defensive First Baseman. Which came as a surprise to the Bryant native.
“I know there’s a lot of good first baseman in the league,” says Ezell. “I mean if you just go look at errors I mean, I think I had two on the year and there’s several other guys with two of less. But I guess that I showed I can make some plays over there.”
But what makes it even more impressive, is he’s never played that position before. Ezell entered the Arkansas program as a second baseman but had to have shoulder surgery over the summer.
Dave Van Horn, Arkansas’ head coach, says Ezell’s arm, “didn’t bounce back as quick as we thought it would. But I really wanted him in the field because I knew he could really field. Bottom line he didn’t have to throw the ball a whole lot from first base.”
Despite having to learn a new position, Ezell embraced it and has been excelling. However, standing at just 5″8″, he isn’t your typical first baseman.
“I’m probably one of the shorter ones in the country if not the shortest,” says Ezell. “But if they throw it low I feel better about picking it than having to jump up and get it.”
Ezell is also one of the Hogs best players offensively.
As of today, Ezell has one of the best on base percentages in the league at .430, good for 11th in the SEC. His 19 doubles is currently 6th best in the conference, while his 47 walks is 4th best. Plus, Ezell also has plenty of speed. His 18 stolen bases currently ranks 7th best in the SEC.
Arkansas right fielder, Heston Kjerstad, calls Ezell a great leadoff guy. Adding, “(Ezell) walks a lot, gets on base. He just always gets the game started. Runs up the pitch count and lets us know what the pitcher has.”
Ezell and the Razorbacks will compete in the Fayetteville Regional this weekend at Baum Walker Stadium . For more information on the Regional, click HERE.