The pandemic has had lasting effects on college baseball — from the shortened 2020 season, to an additional year of eligibility for players impacted, to expanded rosters for the 2021 season, to an unpredictable future for the sport at the college level.
Many college coaches are tasked with trying to fit five classes of players onto one roster. That new reality is putting a squeeze on coaches, who need to figure out how to divvy up scholarship money and roster spots.
For those players who do not foresee a roster spot or a road to playing time on their current teams next season, there is always the NCAA Transfer Portal. Players opting to go into the transfer portal are not required to transfer or guaranteeing they will transfer, but it leaves the door open — and allows other schools’ coaches to speak with them.
The fall semester offered players an opportunity to carve put their respective roles leading into the 2022 season. Those who were dissatisfied had the option of entering the NCAA Transfer Portal and finding an opportunity at another school. Here's a look at eight intriguing players who entered the portal during the fall semester.