Arkansas Razorbacks elect 4 captains for 2021 baseball

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FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has actually revealed that 4 gamers have actually been chosen as group captains for the 2021 baseball season.

Catcher Casey Opitz, center fielder Christian Franklin and pitchers Kevin Kopps and Zebulon Vermillion were selected for the honor in a vote by their colleagues.

It is the 2nd straight year Opitz and Kopps will serve because function, as they were likewise the Razorbacks’ only 2 captains last season.

Both of them, in addition to Vermillion, likely would not be back at Arkansas this season had it not been for last summertime’s MLB Draft being reduced to 5 rounds and the NCAA giving eligibility relief for all gamers.

Opitz and Vermillion probably would have been prepared in a regular year, however had the ability to return and stay as juniors with draft utilize, while it’s unidentified if Kopps would have been back as a sixth-year junior.

Now in his 3rd year with the Razorbacks, Franklin won’t be draft eligible up until this summertime and would have gone back to school for this season regardless.

All 4 gamers are anticipated to play crucial functions on this year’s group, with Opitz and Franklin possible All-SEC prospects at their particular positions and the pitchers anticipated to be included plainly on the pitching personnel.

Vermillion was a more detailed for Arkansas last season, however is getting a take a look at beginning video games and might wind up in the weekend rotation. Kopps might be a starter, too, however is likewise efficient in supplying long relief innings and even closing video games.

The Razorbacks will open the season with matches versus Texas Tech, Texas and TCU in the State Farm College Baseball Face-off at World Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The very first video game, versus the Red Raiders, is set up for 7 p.m. CT on Feb. 19.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.