By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
ALLBRY Major will transfer to the West Coast to join PAC-12 powerhouse, the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Major was a standout two way player for the Xavier Musketeers in the Big East for the first few years of his collegiate career where he garnered numerous accolades.
Major has been one of several transfers incoming into the Sun Devils programme , including Kai Murphy (Oregon State), Conor Davis (Auburn) and Jay Baggs (Boise State).
Arizona was off to a 13-4 start to the season before it was preempted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While at Xavier, Major was sidelined. D1 Baseball ranks Major at No. 55 in its 2020 Preseason College Prospects list.
As a freshman in 2018, Major won BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, was Second Team All-BIG EAST and was also named Baseball America’s Preseason BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, He hit .291 with a pair of home runs and 21 RBI.
Defensively in centrefield, he did not make an error in the outfield all season. On the mound he posted a 4.96 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 16 appearances, including eight starts.
As a sophomore, he started 51 games and hit .281 with seven home runs and 34 RBI.
Major told SB Nation that he wants to build closer ties with baseball in the Bahamas by participating in the Don’t Blink Home Run Derby In Paradise or participating on a national team.
His father, Ken Major, ran track and field locally before he went on to star for Indiana State. “Yes, I’m always trying to go back,” Major said.
“I haven’t been back since baseball took off, I think I was eight or nine. I was planning on playing for their national team in the Pan American games last summer (2018). They didn’t end up qualifying so it fell through, but I was really looking forward to that experience.”