Peyton Wilson’s quick hands are a big reason he began his career as a catcher at Alabama while also seeing time in center field. In 2021, he made the move to second base and earned second-team All-SEC honors. The academic standout also was named to the SEC’s All-Newcomer Team. In SEC action, the switch-hitter produced 11 multi-hit games and finished with a .980 fielding percentage. In 2021, Wilson had a hand in turning 32 double plays.
Before going all-in on baseball, Wilson was a star football player with the athleticism to remind many Crimson Tide fans of his older brother, John Parker, who starred as a quarterback for Alabama in the 2000s (2005-08). The Hoover High School (Ala.) product comes from an athletic family. Another brother, Ross, also played baseball for the ‘Tide and was a 10th-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2010 MLB Draft. Although only a sophomore, Peyton is draft-eligible in 2021.
2021 was an up-and-down year for Rhodes after breaking out in a truncated 2020 campaign. As a Freshman All-American, Rhodes hit .426 with an SEC-leading 10 doubles. The versatile outfielder has the ability to play multiple positions and worked to increase his power as a sophomore.
Yet another sophomore who meets the 2021 MLB Draft’s eligibility standards, the former three-sport prep athlete stood out for the Du Lac Dock Spiders of the Northwoods League in the summer of 2020. Major league scouts are intrigued with the 200-pounder’s bat speed and versatility. Rhodes began to regain his form late in 2021 with many of the same characteristics that littered his first year on campus.
In 2021, Mace has pitched over 75 innings and allowed about a hit per inning with his ERA hovering around the 4.4 mark. Thus far, he has posted one save in relief. Most importantly, he has failed to lose a game (5-0) in 13 appearances. The Gators head into this weekend’s series against the top-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks on a roll, having notched 15 victories in their last 20 games. Mace opens up the weekend series in his Friday night role versus Arkansas left-hander Patrick Wicklander on Thursday night.