By Travis Young –
Earlier this month, the Nashville Outlaws released its inaugural season roster and three Vanderbilt players will call the “Music City” its home for the summer. Drew Fann, Bryan Johns and Navery Moore are one of 12 players with ties to the Middle Tennessee area who either prepped at area high schools or are current student-athletes at local universities that will be on the inaugural team.
Johns, a junior-college transfer, is currently leads Vanderbilt in hitting and ranks towards the top of the SEC leader-board in batting average (.370) and on-base percentage (.481). Fann has posted a solid sophomore campaign and has made the most of his opportunities. A native of Murfreesboro, Fann is hitting .405 with an .577 (obp%) in 37 at-bats this year. Moore will stay home this summer after playing for Cotuit in the Cape Cod League last summer. The former Battle Ground Academy standout has a record of 2-0 this year and has 11 strikeouts in 10.1 innings.
The Outlaws coaching staff will be made up of Brian Ryman, Jerry Bell and Rich Benjamin. Ryman will be the head manager while Bell and Benjamin will handle the pitching and hitting duties, respectively.
The Nashville Outlaws are the newest member of the Prospect League and will play 28 home games at Hawkins Field in Nashville. The Outlaws will open the season on the raod against the Terre Haute Rex on Friday, June 4th. The Outlaws first home game will be on Tuesday, June 8, against the Springfield Sliders.
The Prospect League, formerly known as the Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL), has roots dating back to 1963 and has showcased Major League stars like Mike Schmidt, Kirby Puckett, Ryan Howard, and Jonathan Papelbon. With its family-oriented promotions and affordable ticket prices, the Prospect League is one of the fastest growing and most recognized summer baseball leagues in the country.
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