Baseball

There are two former blazers playing in the minor leagues: James Naile and Adam Lau. Both of these pitchers had outstanding careers at UAB. James Naile, in 2014, started 11 games and won seven. He also recorded a save against nationally ranked Rice. Adam Lau pitched in 17 games with 5 saves. He also played in the field with a batting average of .455.

James Naile

Drafted by the Oakland A’s organization in the 20th round of 2015. That same year he played mostly in lower Single-A divisions going 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA. He played in 18 games tallying 6 saves. His low walks+hits per inning pitch rate really helped him climb the ladder quickly in the organization.

In 2016 Naile has played for all three major rungs of the minor league organization. In Single-A he has played in 10 games (including nine starts). His ERA is at a 3.35 and he has amassed 38 strike outs.

In Double-A he started two games and has struck out nine batters. Recently he made it all with way to Triple-A where he started in two games. He went 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA and he struck out four batters.

He has shown promise for the A’s organization who is 27th out of 30 teams in ERA. They desperately need pitchers and a young arm like Naile could easily see chances in the majors in the next year or two.

Adam Lau

Lau was drafted by the Boston Red Sox organization in the 37th round of the 2015 draft. If you know me, you know that I am a huge Red Sox fan so I am excited to hopefully see Lau develop.

During the 2016 season Lau has played in two leagues, the Single-A and High-A affiliates of the Red Sox. In the Single-A league he has pitched in nine games and registered two saves. He also has struck out 20 batters over 19.1 innings pitched.

In the High-A Salem organization he is 3-0. He has pitched in five games with a 4.35 ERA. In 10.1 innings he has struck out 10 batters.

Part of his early success is his very low 0.97 WHIP. Also, he owns a 0.9 home run per 9 innings rate. The Red Sox this year have struggled giving up the long ball – especially late in games. Koji Uehara has started showing his age and the Red Sox will need late inning pitchers in the next few years. If he does not get traded, look for Lau to get solid relief innings and try to climb the ladder some more.

Softball

Caitlin Attfield

Senior shortstop Caitlin Attfield backhands a ball during practice. Photo courtesy of Scott McLeod.

Attfield needs no introduction to UAB fans. She holds many offensive records at UAB and she was the first player from UAB to ever be drafted in the pro softball league when she was selected by the Dallas Charge

She has made an immediate impact in her rookie season with the Charge having already played in 14 games with a .382 batting average. In 34 plate appearances she has had 13 hits and has only struck out 3 times.

Even at UAB she was hard to get out, and her speed and toughness are carrying over to the pros very well. Her fielding has been pretty good too as she has a .942 fielding percentage with only 3 errors on the season. Hopefully she can stay healthy and she will get her playing time.