After taking a look at who will be in the infield for the Huskers, we now take a look at the outfield. The Huskers have some key returning pieces, but welcome several new faces to the outfield.
The big loss for the Huskers is that Aaron Palensky is gone. Palensky was the big bat in the middle of the order who was a power threat. He decided after the end of last season to sign with the New York Yankees.
Now to take a look at who will be in the outfield for Nebraska, starting with Palensky’s right field spot.
Right field is going to be an open competition the first few weeks of the season. Graduate transfer Logan Foster should get every opportunity to start. A Freshman All-American at Texas A&M. He follows Will Bolt from A&M up to Nebraska for his opportunity to play in his home state for one final season.
If Foster is not playing right field, Nebraska could deploy Joe Acker in right. Acker started every game for the Huskers last season in center field. The Huskers might prefer Acker to play center again this season. He is one of the best defensive outfielders the Huskers have.
Another option the Huskers could have is to play junior college transfer Luke Sartori. Sartori was leading the Hutchinson Community College team in several offensive categories last season. He was tied for the team lead in stolen bases as well.
The Huskers have to feel good about their center field options. Acker started all fifteen games in center for the Huskers last year. He returns and brings speed to the outfield. Jaxon Hallmark looks like he will see significant time in the center field position as well for the Huskers.
Sartori played center for the Huskers in the fall scrimmages and might profile best as the center fielder of the future. With all athletes getting a free year of eligibility, the Huskers could see multiple seniors leave and still be set for the future.
Mojo Hagge is back. That should be the end of this section.
Hagge brings back his flowing hair and fun personality that will depend on his senior leadership. Hagge will get the majority of the starts against right handed pitchers, but may sit as he does struggle against lefties.
Leighton Banjoff if not playing first base could see some duty in left field. He played four games in the pandemic shorted season last year.
Tyler Palmer and Garrett Anglim are a pair of Nebraska natives that could help out in left or any of the three outfield positions. Palmer holds the Scotus Catholic career stolen base record with 38 swipes and 15 of those swipes came in a single season. Anglim was the starting left fielder for Nebraska in some scrimmages this fall.
Overall Outfield Picture
Nebraska is in a good place overall with their outfield picture. They should have solid senior leadership from the likes of Hagge, Hallmark, and Acker. The grad transfer of Foster should provide another player who has seen high powered arms of the SEC and be able to put up solid offense.
The newcomers to the Huskers each bring exciting factors. Sartori looks to be in line to play the most of the first year Huskers, but Palmer and Anglim could both see significant action if they prove they can handle high quality pitching.