Preseason Countdown No. 4: Infield Preview

With the Terps losing a plethora of infielders including Austin Chavis, Tommy Gardiner and Benjamin Cowles, Head coach Rob Vaughn and his staff are entering the season with a diverse class of nine infielders.

Meet the infield.

FR INF Jacob Orr
A shortstop during his high school career, Orr was ranked the No. 2 shortstop in Maryland and the No. 10 overall recruit. Orr is from Frederick, Maryland and played his high school baseball at Thomas Johnson.

SR INF Maxwell Costes
Costes is entering his fourth year at Maryland. The Terps starting first basemen, Costes was excellent in 2021 as he had a .310 batting average with .512 on base percentage. Costes started 110 games during his time at Maryland and has 24 home runs and 94 RBI over that span.

SO INF Matt Shaw
Shaw’s freshman season was a successful one as the Terps second basemen finished with a .332 batting average, seven home runs and 30 RBI. Shaw’s freshman season earned him a spot on the 2021 Big Ten All-Freshman team and was named a 2021 collegiate baseball freshman All-American.

SO INF Kevin Keister
Keister played in 17 games during the 2021 season, starting in 12 of them. Keister had a batting average of .098 during his first year with a .245 on base percentage. While he mostly saw time at second base last year, Keister came to College Park as the second-ranked shortstop prospect in Delaware, according to Perfect Game.

JR INF Matt Orlando
Orlando has spent time at first base and third base during his collegiate career. Orlando has a lifetime .181 batting average across 32 games. In 2021, Orlando saw his on base percentage increase from .270 to .307 while also raising his slugging percentage from .212 to .292.

JR INF Drew Grace
A transfer from Kentucky, Grace appeared in 28 games for the Wildcats. Grace had a .160 batting average with 7 RBI across 28 games in Lexington. Perfect Game rated Grace as the No. 64 shortstop in his high school class.

FR INF Sean Lane
From New York, Lane was rated as the best first basemen in his class from the state of New York by Perfect Game. The 6 foot 4 freshman was named to the 2021 Perfect Game preseason All-American team.

JR INF Nick Lorusso
Lorusso joins the Maryland team after spending time at Villanova University. Lorusso had a .294 batting average with five home runs and 49 RBI in 88 games. He was named Big East Freshman of the Year and second team All-Big East will at Villanova.

JR INF Michael Bouma
Bouma has two seasons under his belt in College Park. He has appeared in 8 games in his career with a .400 batting average in five at-bats. Bouma has seen time at first base as a defensive replacement as well.