Jeremy Farrell is a sophomore infielder for Virginia who will contribute a
journal to CollegeBaseballInsider.com in 2007. Farrell, a native of
Monmouth, N.J., who grew up in Westlake, Ohio, was named a Louisville Slugger
Freshman All-American after batting .324 with two homers and 32 RBI. He started
45 of the 48 games he played in 2006, primarily at third base. Farrell, who was
drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 41st round of the 2005 Major League
Draft, is the son of John Farrell, pitching coach of the Boston Red Sox.
Feb. 8, 2007
The season is finally here.
With last year’s 1-2 performance in the regional leaving a little bit of a
sour taste in our mouths, we are anxious to get back out there this weekend in
Myrtle Beach. Despite falling short of our goal of reaching Omaha, our 2006 team
set several records, including most wins in school history as we hosted and NCAA
The confidence and experience the returning players gained from last year
allows us to look at it as a success as we prepare for 2007.
We came back from summer ball and had a really productive fall practice as
the fall semester got underway. It was great to see some of our freshmen come
out and play well right out of the gate. Neal Davis, Jeff Lorick and Matt Packer
dominated on the mound.
Tyler Cannon really swung the bat well and showed he can play anywhere on the
After fall practice, we went into our winter strength and conditioning phase.
[Strength and Conditioning] Coach [Ed] Nordenschild had us getting after it in
the weight room and [assistant] coach [Kevin] McMullan certainly had no
reservations about getting both our bodies and minds in shape.
The winter ended with our annual obstacle course, which marked the end of our
Iron Cavalier Challenge – a weekly competition for points based on times and
reps in events like ‘number of burpee jumps in 5 minutes’ or ‘’bows and toes for
as long as possible.’ Congrats to Pat McAnaney and Beau Seabury on winning for
the pitchers and position players, respectively.
This brings us to the spring. As the pre-season polls have been coming out,
we have been recognized as one of the top teams in the country. This is
definitely an honor and something to be proud of, but not something to rest on.
We know that the only ranking we concern ourselves with is being one of the
final eight teams at the end of Super Regional play.
The recognition puts a little bit of a target on our backs, and teams are
going to come looking to knock us off, but that is exciting because that is why
you come to a place like this to play. Coach [Brian] O’Connor stresses taking
things one game at a time as there are going to be highs and lows to every
season. Every opponent on our schedule is going to be ready to play. Our
confidence in our preparation is going to allow us to meet those challenges.
As our daily team defense and intrasquads have come to an end, Thursday
morning cannot get here soon enough when we bus down to Coastal Carolina. With
all of the hard work we put in this off-season, we’re poised to get going
against Elon on Friday.
(photo courtesy of Virginia Media Relations Office)