College and Magnolia staff members have been able to confirm that third baseman Zach Alvord is leaving the Auburn baseball team and transferring to the University of Tampa. We've reached out to Auburn University for comment and if we hear anything back then we will update this post.
There is no specific reason given for Alvord's departure and any speculation at this point will just be moot. As with all player departures and transfers (no matter the sport), we always wish the student-athlete the best of luck and hope for the bright future.
Alvord's future should be bright, too. He was the first real steal of Pawlowski's recruiting class, a player who was drafted in the 18th Round by his home-state team (Atlanta) and ultimately turned it down to put on the orange and blue. There's little doubt that Alvord will excel at on the top Division II baseball schools in America.
The third baseman hit .258 and led Auburn with six home runs in 2012, but his defense was called into question at times as he committed nine errors, third-most on the team.
Now, Alvord has moved on, and Auburn has to as well. The Tigers may be pretty green at the corner but freshman Dylan Smith, transfer Damek Tomscha, and even Mitchell Self could easily come in and contribute.
We wish Alvord the best, hope to hear his name called in the 2013 MLB Draft, and will update this post as more details come available.