The Mercer Bears Baseball program is one of the top programs in the Southern Conference. In fact, the Bears were picked to finish first in the conference by Perfect Game USA. Having the Bears in the Bacon’s backyard, it is the perfect opportunity for the two programs to partner up with players. Returning for a second year is Alex Crotty with the addition of new Bacon players Taylor Lobus, Josh Farmer and Zach Miller.
“Working with the coaching staff at Mercer has settled into a terrific partnership. They are a consistent contender in the SoCon every year and I am convinced they know how to develop young men on and off the field.” Said Team Manager Danny Higginbotham. “The longer I coach in the summer, the more I am attracted to working with programs of their elevated caliber. We are grateful that they put their faith in our organization with their young men over the summer and we are pleased to share the rich baseball tradition in the Macon community.”
Crotty, a junior at Mercer had a great year for the Bacon in 2019. Defensively, he was solid with 14 baserunners caught sealing (4th in the Coastal Plain League) and only allowing 38 stolen bases all season (6th in the Coastal Plain League). Batting, he had 16 hits, six doubles and six RBIs. Crotty is looking to have a big role with the Bear’s this coming spring, as he started 18 games last season and batted .243.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Alex back with us for a second summer.” said Team Manager Danny Higginbotham. “He was a staple for us behind the plate and worked excellent with our pitching staff. Alex has a contagious personality and tireless work ethic. Having him back for another year of experience will be vital to our success on the field.”
For the new Bears, they are looking to make an impact with the Bacon in their second summer. Lobus is a redshirt junior and is a right handed pitcher from Woodstock, Georgia. Farmer is a redshirt freshman who is also a right handed pitcher from Bogart, Georgia. Miller is a redshirt sophomore who plays in the outfield from Lawrenceville, Georgia. All three of these players are expected to help Mercer make a run at the Southern Conference Title this spring.
“It is great having such a tremendous college baseball program in our backyard.” said Team President Brandon Raphael, “Having four players from the local university on our team this summer allows not only fans to follow them in the offseason, but allows us to show off how great Mercer Baseball really is.”
Opening Night for the Bacon will be Friday, May 31st at 7PM.