Over the next several days you will be able to read about Former Hoover Buc Baseball players that are currently playing baseball at the next level. There are 14 former players across 13 different colleges/organizations from Hoover High School that are still playing baseball. We will highlight these former players by class, continuing today with the 2013 class featuring Connor Short and Geoffrey Bramblett. Short is currently a Red-shirt Junior at the University of Alabama and Bramblett chose to forgo his senior season for the Crimson Tide and is currently in spring training with the Kansas City Royals organization.
Short is currently the starting third baseman for the Tide, hitting .239 with 2 doubles, a home-run and 8 RBI on the young season. Click here for 2017 Alabama Baseball Stats and here for the 2017 Alabama Baseball Schedule to keep up with Connor this year
2016- Sophomore Season
As a redshirt sophomore, despite missing significant time with a head and a quad injury, Connor started 25 of 28 games in which he played and compiled a .270 batting average with 7 doubles, a home run and 13 RBI. He reached base safely in 19 consecutive games and recorded a 10 game hitting streak where he hit .351(13-37) with five doubles, six RBI, two runs scored, three walks and three stolen bases across that stretch. Short was also named to the 2016 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2015- Redshirted after transferring from Auburn
2014- Freshman Season-Auburn
Played in 36 games, starting 25 of them and batting .211 (20-95) with six runs and eight RBI for the season
Hoover High School
Connor started at shortstop for 3 years for the Bucs and coming out of high school was rated as the No. 2 shortstop in Alabama by Perfect Game USA, participated in the East Coast Showcase during his senior season and was a three-year selection to the All-Metro Team and the Over the Mountain Team.
Connor Short High School Career Stats (Click to Enlarge)
|Top 10 Single Season Hoover/Berry Records held by Connor Short|
|Official At Bats||1st||190||2013|
|Doubles||Tied for 7th||14||2013|
|RBI’s||Tied for 4th||45||2013|
Bramblett’s 2017 campaign hasn’t started yet as he is in Spring Training in Surprise AZ. Stay tuned as I will update this article when Geoffrey finds out where he will break to after camp.
2016-Junior Season at Alabama
Bramblett earned the right to be the Friday night starter in Tuscaloosa and never relinquished that role as he threw a team high 90.1 innings and posted a 2.99 ERA, going 5-4 on the season with 74 strikeouts while only walking 30. He was named to the Golden Spikes Award Mid-season Watch list as part of a 60-candidate list released in mid-April.
2016-Kansas City Royals
Geoffrey was drafted in the 30th round of the 2016 amateur draft by the Kansas City Royals and reported to Burlington, an advanced rookie level team in the Appalachian league where he absolutely dominated. He went 6-1 as a starter in the rotation with a 2.17 ERA, striking out 43 while only walking 9 over 49 2/3 innings.
Had a team leading, 8-3 record, going 89.2 innings with a 3.81 ERA, 69 strikeouts and issued just 25 walks, a team-low for the year. The Tide came away with wins in 10 of his 15 total starts, including nine of his 14 series-closing outings. He produced a quality start in nine of his 15 appearances and did not issue more than three walks in 13 of his 15 starts, while allowing only four or fewer runs in all but two of those games
2014- Freshman Season
Had a strong Freshman campaign posting a 5-2 record and a 3.40 ERA across 17 appearances, including five starts while striking out 49. Bramblett finished the 2014 season strong, tossing his first career complete game shutout against Georgia Southern on the biggest stage of the season at the Tallahassee Regional where he used 124 total pitches and allowed just two hits while walking two and striking out seven on the way to his fifth victory of the season and a 6-0 Alabama win.
Hoover High School
Bramblett had a dominating senior campaign after transferring back to Hoover from Locust Fork posting video game like numbers with a 1.09 ERA, striking out 98 and only walking 11 over 77 innings of work. He was picked in the 37th round of the 2103 MLB draft by the Atlanta Braves. Was rated the 14th best player in the state and 6th among right-handed pitchers by Perfect Game, 2103 ASWA All-State selection, 2013 Perfect Game Rawlings Southeast All Region Second Team, 2013 All Hoover/South Pitcher of the year, All-Over the Mountain and Birmingham News All-Metro Team. Geoffrey also hit .320 with 8 doubles and 26 RBI as a senior at Hoover.
Geoffrey Bramblett High School Career Stats (Click to Enlarge)
|Top 10 Single Season Hoover/Berry Records held by Geoffrey Bramblett|
|Wins||Tied for 2nd||9||2013|
|Innings Pitched||Tied for 2nd||77||2013|
|Fewest BB per 7 inn||5th||1||2013|
Links to follow Geoffrey’s 2017 season will be posted when MLB camp breaks in early April, please check back for updates.