The skipper for the Crimson Tide baseball team, Brad Bohannon, certainly had a week to celebrate about after signing three in-state prospects for the 2021 season.

As a 6-foot-1 left handed pitcher, Connor Ball struck out 49 batters in only 28 innings during the shortened 2020 season. Ball is a native of Sterrett, AL and is playing under coach Jason Smith as a Chelsea High School Hornet. The rising senior announced his commitment to Tuscaloosa via Twitter on Monday.

Though the right handed pitcher is only going to be a junior this fall, it’s a good chance that Coach Bohannon was impressed with Carter Stanford’s build and potential. The newest addition to the Tide roster is a 6-foot-3, 200 pound cannon from Spanish Fort High School and already has his fastball over 90 mph. Stanford posted his commitment on Sunday via Twitter.

As a Tuscaloosa native, Hunter Sute is playing his high school ball under two-and-a-half miles away from Alabama’s Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Sute is a rising senior at American Christian Academy and the only catcher for Bard Bohannon’s 2021 recruiting class. The ACA Patriots were 10-1 under the direction of coach Del Howell prior to the 2020 season being canceled.

The Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team had a promising season brewing in 2020. Bohannon’s squad started 16-1 and were just about to get into a heavy SEC schedule.

However, the MLB draft can be a problem for SEC schools like Alabama because some of the best state prospects can be drafted as soon as they complete high school. If Alabama can manage to keep all three of these guys from the draft, Alabama’s defense and bullpen should see strong improvements in the future.

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