TCU has been hit hard by the transfer portal in 2019, with basketball taking the biggest hit to this point. But on Tuesday, two TCU Baseball starters joined the list of Horned Frogs on their way out of town.
According to Kendall Rogers of DI Baseball, TCU short stop Adam Oviedo and right fielder Andrew Keefer have both entered the dreaded transfer portal, meaning the Horned Frogs will be down to starters when fall camp begins.
TRANSFER NEWS: @TCU_Baseball sophomore infielder Adam Oviedo entered the transfer portal today. Oviede arrived at #TCU with a lot of promise and had a decent 2019 campaign at the plate. Andrew Keefer also entered the portal for the #Frogs.— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 18, 2019
Oviedo came to TCU as a true freshman out of Alvarado High School in Grandview, TX. A top 150 prospect in the country and a top 15 player in the state, Oviedo chose to forgo the MLB after being drafted in the 35th round by the Minnesota Twins in favor of matriculating to Fort Worth. He played in 55 games as a true freshman, starting each at the short stop position, and was good enough to be named to the all-freshman team and as an honorable mention all-conference player. After batting just .228 in his first year on campus, Oviedo raised his average all the way to .298 in year two, and flashed more of the power that was expected of him, connecting for his first three career home runs. He struck out less as a sophomore - just 41 times in 182 at bats, but committed 11 errors after ten his first season.
A talented player, he will have two years of eligibility after sitting out next year. According to his twitter profile, he will be joining Oral Roberts University’s baseball program, a FCS program in Tulsa, OK. Of note, his former double-play partner, second baseman Coby Boulware, transferred prior to this past season, as well - to Arkansas.
TCU will also lose right fielder/utility player Andrew Keefer, who batted .241 in 46 games, 43 of which he started. Keefer played multiple positions for the Horned Frogs, generally settling into the outfield slot once Hunter Wolfe went down with an injury. Keefer missed time himself after attempting to make a catch at the wall late in the season and missed several weeks of games.
Keefer played just the one season for the Frogs after transferring in from Weatherford College. He was a shortstop at Lovejoy High School in Allen prior to that. He had three home runs and seven doubles in his one year in the TCU program, and made just three errors despite playing out of position most of the year. It was unlikely that he would hold onto that starting spot in the fall, though.
While transfers are always concerning, both of these seem to make sense. Oviedo was likely going to get bumped by a healthy Hunter Wolfe at shortstop, and the Frogs have heralded high schooler Rhett Maynard coming in to back him up. Keefer would not have been an outfield starter going forward, and there wasn’t any where else for him to play - with just one year left, it makes perfect sense for him to move on. The other factor in all this, of course, is tuition - as a non-revenue sport with just 11.7 scholarships to spread amongst 30 guys, it’s likely both were paying a pretty penny to potentially sit the bench.
We wish both players the best of luck going forward in their careers.