Fall Report: FIUFall Report
MIAMI — FIU assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Jered Goodwin recently went fishing with one of his former players, righthander Zach Eflin, now of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The duo, joined by Goodwin’s 11-year-old son Brock, didn’t catch any biggies.
“Nothing to brag about,” Goodwin said.
But the same cannot be said for FIU’s recruiting efforts ever since head coach Mervyl Melendez was hired two years ago.
FIU has a lot to brag about there, earning national acclaim for those two classes, which are regarded as the best in Conference USA.
On the field, however, the results haven’t been there just yet as FIU finished 31-27, 15-15 in 2017 and 26-28, 15-13 in 2018. Worse, the Panthers are 0-4 in their past two trips to the Conference USA tournament.
FIU also suffered a blow recently when righthander Tyler Myrick underwent elbow surgery. Myrick, who made 11 starts last season and went 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA, will miss the 2019 season.
The good news for FIU is that the 2019 freshmen class is expected to inject much needed speed, defense and athleticism into what had been a rather slow Panthers lineup.
In addition, three Panthers players competed in the prestigious Cape Cod League this past summer: third baseman Austin Shenton and righthanders Nick MacDonald and Christian Santana.