Alabama Baseball Lands Another Heavy Bat For Next Season
On Monday afternoon, Infielder Will Patota announced his commitment to the University of Alabama’s 2020 recruiting class.
Patota is a Georgia product out of Pinecrest Academy in South Forsyth. He played two varsity seasons in high school slugging for 82 hits in only 61 games and swung for a .418 combined batting average between the campaigns. Patota boasted .531 on base percentage during his time at Pinecrest which means, for non-baseball fans, that he manages to at least reach first base during every other at-bat he sees.
Upon graduating in 2018, he committed to play at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Alabama, under two hours from his home in Suwanee, Georgia. Patota’s batting contributions transferred to the next level as he put up a .407 average in only 44 games at SUSC. In his only season with the Bison, Patota led his entire team in both hits (57) and home runs (8) along with drawing 15 walks.
Patota has three seasons of eligibility left to make his case for the MLB while in Tuscaloosa. For Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon, Patota is the twelfth commitment slated to sign in the next season. He is listed as only the second infielder to sign in this class next to shortstop Noah Miller who hails from Wisconsin.
Coach Bohannon has led the Crimson Tide to a 73-56 record through two full seasons, including the shortened 2020 outing. The last NCAA baseball tournament that featured the Tide was in 2014; similarly, Alabama hasn’t seen the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska since 1999.
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