It is never easy to follow in the footsteps of a legend.
Yet that was what lay before Scott Forbes when he accepted the promotion to be the head coach of the North Carolina baseball team last year.
Former head coach Mike Fox left behind a legacy of stellar teams, deep College World Series runs and the most wins of any UNC baseball coach, and Forbes has been tasked with continuing that legacy.
Forbes hit the recruiting trail hard and the results can be seen on the overall age of the team. The team has gone from having a fairly even split of experienced leadership and young talent in Forbes’ first year to only having 13 upperclassmen on a 43 player roster this year.
Following an up-and-down 28-27 campaign, the team will look to the underclassmen, particularly the first-years, to make a big difference on the team’s future prospects. Here’s a preview of some of that young, exciting talent.
The No. 5 shortstop in the state of North Carolina, Honeycutt was a four-year letterman in high school, and led Salisbury High School to a state title his senior year.
The 2021 Rowan County High School Baseball Player of the Year, Honeycutt has plenty of athletic ability for his position, and with a solid arm, has the strength to make all the throws as needed. As a two-sport athlete, Honeycutt was also the quarterback of his school’s football team, and could split time at shortstop with junior Danny Serretti this spring.
The 6-foot-3 Honeycutt still has room to improve his game, but his abilities caught the eye of MLB scouts and was drafted in the 20th round by the San Francisco Giants over the summer. Whether Honeycutt sits behind Serretti, starts immediately or switches positions, he has the ability to play a serious role in the future of this team and is certainly one to watch this season.