The Sooners will return a ton of experience to the baseball diamond this spring...just not in the outfield. That's not to say that there isn't talent there in the outfield or that that it is a potential weakness. It is to say, however, that there is a bit of a mystery with Oklahoma's outfielders.
There's little question that senior Max White will be used primarily as an outfielder (White is previewed in more detail in our first post). He started 41 games last season in center field and two in left. As a senior, not only is he the most experienced outfielder on the roster, he also the best outfielder. With the infield having a strong mix of youth and experience White will be needed to anchor the field where its mostly just youth.
One of the youngsters that has been turning heads is freshman Craig Aikin who appears to have earned a starting spot in left field. A four-year letterman from Coppell, Texas, Aikin batted .446 during his prep career. He was named as an all-state player in 2011.
Senior Dillon Yeaman will look to capitalize on the opportunity to become a full-time starter in the outfield in 2013. Last year he appeared in five games, with on start, and batted .273 with a homerun and three RBI. He'll have to fend off sophomore Colt Bickerstaff for the right field spot. A transfer from Howard College, Bickerstaff batted .356 with 19 doubles, seven triples and five home runs last season.
The outfield could be a bit of a work in progress early on as head coach Sunny Galloway considers his options. It is realistic that we could see a rotation of players not named Max White until a starting three are settled upon.