Preseason Countdown No. 3: Outfield Preview

Rounding out the preview of Maryland’s roster, the outfield presents arguably the strongest group of players on Head Coach Rob Vaughn’s squad.

With Fifth-Year Chris Alleyne headlining a group loaded with rising, young talent, much of the outfield will likely be found in the heart of the lineup, and the Terps look to have as much depth in the field as they ever had.

Meet the outfield.

Chris Alleyne, Fifth Year

Alleyne will be returning to Maryland for his fifth year after a summer of big decisions. He very well could have gone pro, but Alleyne opted to return for one more run with the Terps after finishing last year with second-team All Big Ten honors.

Alleyne earned that honor with the best season of his career. In 45 games, he hit for a .306 batting average, and he reached career-highs in SLG (.561), home runs (8), hits (55), and stolen bases (22).

Leading the way in terms of veteran experience, Alleyne will certainly have a monumental impact on the Terps’ overall season as the likely leadoff man.

Bobby Zmarzlak, Junior

After enjoying a successful first full season with Maryland — slashing .286/.398/.536 — Zmarzlak looks to carry the biggest bat out of any Maryland outfielder.

Having a share of fourth in the Terps’ home run standings with seven, Zmarzlak took his talents to the Alexandria Aces over the summer and picked up five long balls in just 16 games. Not to mention, he accumulated a .732 slugging percentage with Alexandria.

Troy Schreffler, Junior

Out of anybody on the Terps — not just outfielders — Troy Schreffler could be a favorite for most-improved heading into the season. Last season wasn’t anything to write home about, as Schreffler amounted a .275/.341/.350 slash line with four extra-base hits in 26 games.

However, a summer with the NECBL’s Keene Swamp Bats offered a very positive glimpse at what Schreffler has improved on.

In 33 games with Keene, Schreffler collected 20 extra-base hits including six home runs and three triples. While his biggest struggle was still his ability to get on base, he hit for a .336 batting average — a vast improvement over his 2021 season number.

Ian Petrutz, Freshman

Ian Petrutz is proof that the Terps’ biggest strength is their outfield depth. Behind the forces of Alleyne, Zmarzlak, and Schreffler comes the No. 2 ranked outfield recruit of New Jersey. In his senior season at Bishop Eustace, Petrutz slashed .449/.531/.652 with three home runs and 15 stolen bases.

Petrutz also came into Maryland as the No. 22 overall recruit in New Jersey and the No. 152 overall outfield recruit in the country. It’s safe to say that Maryland’s outfield pipeline is in good hands.

Zach Martin, Freshman

The Middletown, Maryland, native rounds out the Terps’ outfield as the No. 2 outfield recruit from Maryland, and the No. 6 overall recruit in the state.

In an exhibition against Virginia last October, Martin offered a glimpse at what he’ll bring to the Terps this season hitting a big home run and showing off his wheels — scoring a game-tying (and game-ending) run on a Virginia error.