As we get closer and closer to the 2019 UK baseball season, we look back on head coach Nick Mingione’s first two years with the club and how they have played out.
As all Kentucky fans know, the 2018 season ended unlike anyone could have imagined. The Cats failed to get a bid and compete in the NCAA Tournament. This was even more devastating because of the phenomenal start to the season.
The coaching staff did a wonderful job bringing in talent from across the nation and the abrupt end was disappointing to all.The team was absolutely packed with talent. From veterans to junior college transfers who finally found their home in the famed UK blue and white.
The building of a new stadium is somewhat promising but with 13 players drafted in the MLB Draft, it could be another year of the same.
Mingione did so well with the talent he had in his first year but something did not work the second time around. The staff will have to pinpoint the issue if they hope to contend in the upcoming season.
What can we expect from this team?
That is the big question as of right now. With new signees and not a large number of veteran players returning, it is hard to predict how things will pan out.
How much pressure is on Mingione?
Although Minione is under contract until 2022, another subpar season will not go in his favor and add to the developing questions that elude to him being a “one-hit wonder.”
The new season will also determine recruiting for the future because facilities can only do so much.
When players are looking to continue their careers at a collegiate level, they want to be part of something special and join a program that they know can perform.