If Kentucky baseball head coach Nick Mingione’s seat wasn’t already hot, it is now.
Since Kentucky’s first-round exit in last week’s SEC Tournament that ended their 2021 season, nine Wildcats have entered the transfer portal, including a handful of key contributors.
Outfielder Cam Hill and starting pitcher Dillon Marsh headline a group that also includes former opening day starter Jimmy Ramsey, slugger Trae Harmon, reliever Cole Daniels as well as Trip Lockhart, Ron Cole, Drew Grace and Jack Hicks that have entered the transfer portal in the last week.
Thank you to my family, friends, teammates, staff and BBN for the last 3 years at the University of Kentucky. After earning my degree I have decided to enter my name in the transfer portal with two years of eligibility remaining. I’m looking forward to my next opportunity.— Trae Harmon (@HarmonTrae) June 1, 2021
This comes in addition to others likely to leave due to graduation/MLB Draft such as TJ Collet, Oraj Anu, Coltyn Kessler, and even potentially Austin Schultz and John Rhodes. At this rate, Kentucky will be picked to finish last in the SEC East for a third-straight season in 2022.
Since Mingione led UK Baseball to their first-ever Super Regional appearance in 2017 in his first year as head coach, the team has not been back to the NCAA Tournament or won an SEC Tournament game.
With a $49-million stadium entering its fourth year and a fanbase on edge, Mitch Barnhart has a major decision when it comes to Mingione’s future to make and he’ll likely take the mass exodus of players into account.
Thank you to my teammates, family, coach's, support staff and friends for supporting me through my journey at the University of Kentucky. Although a difficult decision, at this time with 2 years of eligibility remaining, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal.— Dillon (@dillon_marsh22) May 31, 2021