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  • Tyler Bosma is returning to Kentucky Baseball for his Final Season

    LEXINGTON, Ky. Senior left-handed pitcher Tyler Bosma announced on Thursday he intends to return to Kentucky for his final season of collegiate eligibility for the 2023 season. His presence gives the Wildcats an experienced, frontline starter for its weekend pitching rotation.

    Bosma, from Holland, Michigan, was electric in his Southeastern Conference Tournament debut, pitching a no-hitter versus high-powered LSU into the seventh. In that outing he came the first UK pitcher since Cole Stupp in 2021 to record 10 or more strikeouts.

    He carried the momentum over to the famed Cape Cod summer baseball league, posting a 1.68 earned run average in 16 innings over four starts. He did not allow a run over his final seven innings.

    Bosma was off to a terrific start in 2022, his first season at UK after transferring from Miami (Ohio), before nagging shoulder soreness derailed his effectiveness before returning with a vengeance at the end of the season. He had a 4.79 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 41 innings over 11 games.

    UK now returns Bosma, Magdiel Cotto, Ryan Hagenow, Austin Strickland and potentially Zack Lee with starting experience in the SEC. Senior Darren Williams, who started a pair of games, is expected back from injury at some point during the 2023 season as well.

    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Darrell KSR's Avatar
      Darrell KSR -
      And a reminder of the players who transferred in listed above, from the ukathletics website a year ago...Cotto, by the way, is the guy I'm really looking to emerge next year. And maybe Ryan Hagenow.

      Tyler Bosma, LHP, Senior (Miami [Ohio])
      One of the top left-handers in the Mid-American Conference in 2021…Started 14 games, going 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 57.0 innings…Struck out 72 and did not allow a home run…In three seasons, has struck out 134 batters in 109.2 innings over 33 appearances (18 starts)…Has allowed just three home runs in his career…Is 5-6 overall with a 4.84 ERA and three saves.

      Magdiel Cotto, LHP, Sophomore (South Carolina)
      One of the top prep pitchers in the nation in the 2020 recruiting class…Cotto was ranked the top player in the state of South Carolina by Prep Baseball Report and the No. 3 overall player by Perfect Game…Was the No. 189 overall prospect for the 2020 MLB Draft according to MLB Pipeline and the No. 202 by Baseball America…Averaged more than 17 strikeouts per nine innings in high school…Appeared in eight games as a freshman at South Carolina in 2021…Struck out nine in 8.2 innings…Pitched to a 3.38 ERA over his first seven appearances.

      Darren Williams, RHP, Senior (Eastern Kentucky)

      The Second-Team All-OVC honoree served as Eastern Kentucky’s No. 1 starter on the weekends in 2021…Ranked second in the conference in strikeouts (93) and innings (83.1)…Pitched to a 4.10 ERA in 2021 and was sensational over his final eight starts, posting a 2.41 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 56.0 innings…Prior to 2021 had mostly been a reliever, appearing in 29 games and earning four saves…For his career, had 184 strikeouts in 163.0 innings over 62 appearances.
    1. Catfan73's Avatar
      Catfan73 -
      That is good news.
    1. bluecat24's Avatar
      bluecat24 -
      Where does Guilfoil stand. Is he staying or leaving. One of my favorites this year
    1. dan_bgblue's Avatar
      dan_bgblue -
      Quote Originally Posted by bluecat24 View Post
      Where does Guilfoil stand. Is he staying or leaving. One of my favorites this year
      His draft status made me think he will leave, but I am not aware of any announcement yet. I would love for him to stay.
    1. Darrell KSR's Avatar
      Darrell KSR -
      Tyler Guilfoil (8th round, Houston) and Sean Harney (8th, Tampa Bay), and infielder Chase Estep (9th, New York Mets) were drafted on the 1st two days. Pitchers Cole Stupp and Daniel Harper each were selected on the final day of the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft, with Stupp going to Detroit in the 12th round and Harper to Philadelphia in the 17th.

      I really don't see any of them returning. Who knows, though?
    1. bluecat24's Avatar
      bluecat24 -
      Really hope he comes back!!
    1. catmanjack's Avatar
      catmanjack -
      Really hoping the grad transfers are impressive
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