Louisville Baseball Head Coach Dan McDonnell held a teleconference on Thursday. The purpose of the teleconference was to address the upcoming MLB Draft and how it will effect the Louisville Baseball roster.
He opened the presser by addressing the current protests taking place all over the country. Specifically, he mentioned that he has been in contact with former, current, and future players to let them know, “we’re trying to be educated on this and we’re trying to be sensitive.” He hoped both former, current, and future players know they were and are loved.
As far as roster turnover, Coach Mac believes Reid Detmers and Bobby Miller will be drafted and will not return. Justin Lavey and Danny Oriente will likely be gone as well. Coach McDonnell believes that they will sign MLB deals regardless of if they are drafted. Pitcher Adam Elliott is a guy who Coach McDonnell believes is on the fence. Elliott may choose to sign regardless if he is drafted or not. However, Coach McDonnell seems to believe he may be better served gaining an extra year of experience. However, everyone’s favorite pitcher Luke Smith seems likely to return if he’s not drafted, according to McDonnell. This would be great news as Smith would give the rotation an experienced starter and keep bringing his fiery competitive spirit.
To hear all of what Coach Dan McDonnell had to say in this 40 minute teleconference, check out the video below.