UMass baseball coach Matt Reynolds has made an aggressive dive into NCAA Transfer Portal following a 14-35 season, bringing in nine transfers for the 2023-24 school year. The reliance on transfers to round out the roster appears to be a shift in sixth-year coach Matt Reynolds' recruiting philosophy, but the skipper called this incoming class a "one-off" due to the imbalance of last year's senior-heavy roster. UMass had 17 players recognized at Senior Day last spring. Some will return for a fifth year, but the majority have moved on.
"Nothing's changed in terms of my thought process," Reynolds said. "We graduated players who accounted for somewhere between 50 and 60 percent of our innings. We knew we had very exciting freshmen coming in, but we wanted this year to be a bridge year. So, we brought in some experience on the mound that will allow our freshmen to flourish the proper way."
Using the transfer portal should help Reynolds balance the roster by graduation year rather than bringing in a freshman class of 10-plus players. UMass' haul of transfers includes four graduate students, three redshirt freshmen, one sophomore, and one junior. Five of the transfers are Massachusetts residents and will receive the benefits of paying in-state tuition.
Here's a look at UMass' nine incoming transfers.