Preseason Countdown No. 2: Outfield Preview

Maryland will have plenty of production to replace in the outfield this season after losing two starters to the MLB Draft.

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected 2022 Big Ten Player of the Year and consensus First Team All-American Chris Alleyne, and the Philadelphia Phillies selected Troy Schreffler Jr., a Third Team All-Big Ten selection last season.

Head Coach Rob Vaughn brought in a pair of transfers to an outfield that will have a much different look in 2023. Let’s take a look, beginning with the expected starters.

Senior – Bobby Zmarzlak

The lone returning starter in the outfield, Zmarzlak appeared in all 62 games last season and enjoyed a breakout year. The 6’5” slugger posted a .291 batting average and mashed 15 home runs while driving in 43 runs. 

The former Baltimore Orioles draft pick was named to the College Park Regional All-Tournament team last season, and D1Baseball included him in their preseason list of the top 150 outfielders in the country.

Zmarzlak was the everyday left fielder last season, so expect him to stay in that role while batting in the middle of the lineup.

Fifth Year – Matt Woods

A transfer from Bryant, Woods won NEC Player of the Year honors in 2022. He was a hitting machine in his senior season, batting .384 and slugging .635 with eight home runs and 45 RBIs. Woods joins Zmarzlak on D1Basbeall’s top 150 outfielders list.

Woods played center field at Bryant, but was the Terps’ right fielder in the fall. Regardless of what position he plays, he should provide a huge boost to an already deep Maryland lineup.

Sophomore – Elijah Lambros

Lambros enters his first season at Maryland after spending his freshman year at South Carolina, where he appeared in 36 games and made seven starts. The Fredericksburg native was the No. 1 outfielder in Virginia from the class of 2021, according to Perfect Game.

Lambros played all three outfield spots at South Carolina, and was the Terps’ center fielder in the fall.

Sophomore – Ian Petrutz

Petrutz is listed as an outfielder, but was Maryland’s primary designated hitter last season. After bursting onto the scene as a freshman, Petrutz should be a huge contributor to the lineup in 2023.

The New Jersey native appeared in 34 games last season, making 28 starts. He hit .324 with a 1.083 OPS, launching nine homers and driving in 35 runs in just 108 at-bats.

Junior – Logan Ott | Sophomore – Zach Martin | Freshman – Luke Zeisloft

Ott did not record a plate appearance last year after seeing limited action as a freshman. He strictly made pitching appearances as a sophomore, but Maryland still lists him as a two-way player.

Martin appeared in 18 games as a freshman, starting in eight of them. He recorded six hits, including a home run, and could be the fourth outfielder for the Terps this year.

Zeisloft is a product of Central Columbia High School in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. The freshman was the No. 8 outfielder in the state, according to Perfect Game.