Kentucky Wildcats Baseball gets big transfer from Temple


The Kentucky Wildcats baseball team has a big addition for the upcoming 2014 baseball season. With Temple University cutting their baseball program, Jon Hale reports at The Cats’ Pause that Matt Snyder has transferred into the Kentucky baseball program. Snyder tweeted his committed in mid-December.
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After redshirting at Virginia Tech in 2012, Snyder pitched the 2014 season at Fulton Montgomery Community College, where the left-hander finished the season with a 4-4 record, 2.36 ERA, and 96 strikeouts over 9 starts. Seven of those were complete games. Snyder enrolled at Temple for this season, expecting to play, but decided to transfer after they cut the program. According to Snyder’s Temple bio, he’s a self-proclaimed excellent rapper.

In the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, Snyder was ranked as the 4th best prospect–one spot ahead of Kentucky outfielder Kyle Barrett.

“Matt has next level potential,” said Colonie Central coach Kevin Halburian. “He is a very intense and emotional player. Matt will show his emotions and tell you what he feels. He is a great clubhouse teammate.”

As for where Snyder fits in at Kentucky, I expect that the weekend rotation will consist of A. J. Reed, Kyle Cody and Chandler Shepherd so it’s likely that he is the starter for games taking place during the week.

In other UK Baseball news, a few standouts were named by Baseball America to their College Top 100. Austino Cousino, Reed and Shepherd were all ranked.

Cousino was ranked as the No. 97 player in college baseball, with Reed ranking No. 85 and Shepherd No. 70.

The Cats open up the 2014 season against Virginia on February 14th in Wilmington, N.C.

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