2025 Arkansas Baseball Roster Tracker: Who’s Gone, Who’s Back, Who’s Up in the Air

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It wasn’t even 24 hours since the disappointing end to the 2024 Arkansas baseball season, but Dave Van Horn had already shifted his focus to next season.

The Razorbacks have been eliminated in the regionals in back-to-back seasons despite earning top-5 national seeds each year, but are just two years removed from being within a game of playing in the College World Series finals.

Next year’s squad will look much different than the one that just won the final SEC West title of the division era, though. Arkansas is expected to lose at least 70.2% of its at bats and 49.5% of its innings pitched from this past season.

“We’re going to lose almost all our players again for the third year in a row,” Van Horn said. “Really, since 2021, we’ve had to almost start over. … I think about it every day. It’s just the way it is. It’s the way it is these days.”

The NCAA will once again allow college baseball teams to carry a 40-man roster in 2025, continuing a waiver that increased the limit from 35 in response to the pandemic and all of the roster complications that came with it — eligibility relief and the shortened MLB Draft, chief among them.

As things stand on the day after the season, Best of Arkansas Sports’ projected Arkansas baseball roster for next year is at 44 players. That includes every player on the 2023 roster who isn’t draft eligible, a few who have a decision to make and the 2024 signing class.

That number will change drastically over the next couple of months. The transfer portal officially opened to all players Monday, so the Razorbacks could see players leave while also recruiting transfers of their own. The MLB Draft is July 14-16 with the signing deadline set for July 30 and, as always, Arkansas could see some of its incoming freshmen picked off before ever stepping foot on campus.

Roster movement will continue even after the 2024-25 school year begins, too, as some players may choose — or be asked — to transfer out, usually to the JUCO level, following fall ball.

It’s a complex process and one that Van Horn has been thinking about long before the Razorbacks were eliminated by SEMO.

“I could go on and on about personnel and what we’ve got to do for the future because my mind is already hitting there and it really never leaves there,” Van Horn said on Sunday. “It leaves every time you practice (and) play a game, but you got to look down the road a year or two.”

Keeping track of it all can be quite difficult, even for those who do it for a living, so Best of Arkansas Sports will keep you updated with all the news here…

Projected 2025 Arkansas Baseball Roster: 46 players

Not Draft Eligible/Announced Return (22)

  • RHP Dylan Carter — sixth-year super senior
  • SS Wehiwa Aloy — junior
  • RHP Ben Bybee — junior
  • LHP Parker Coil — junior
  • RHP Cooper Dossett — junior
  • RHP Christian Foutch — junior
  • LF Jayson Jones — junior
  • RHP Gage Wood — junior
  • RHP Josh Hyneman — redshirt sophomore*
  • LHP Hunter Dietz — sophomore*
  • LHP Colin Fisher — sophomore
  • RHP Gabe Gaeckle — sophomore
  • C Ryder Helfrick — sophomore
  • RHP Tate McGuire — sophomore
  • INF Nolan Souza — sophomore
  • RHP Jaewoo Cho — redshirt freshman
  • LHP Adam Hachman — redshirt freshman
  • LHP Tucker Holland — redshirt freshman
  • RHP Diego Ramos — redshirt freshman
  • LHP Jack Smith — redshirt freshman
  • OF Kade Smith — redshirt freshman
  • INF/OF Ty Waid — redshirt freshman

It is highly improbable that all 22 of these Razorbacks are on the roster next season. Every year, a handful of players choose to hit the transfer portal. The younger players on this list could also head to JUCO, where they’d get more playing time. Anticipating exactly who will do that, though, is difficult.

*Josh Hyneman is listed as a redshirt sophomore, but he could probably get a year of eligibility back with a medical redshirt because he missed this season — his redshirt freshman year — because of Tommy John surgery. It’s unclear if Hunter Dietz would be able to receive a medical redshirt. He appeared in just two games, but they were in the middle of the season.

Draft Eligible, Decision to Make (3)

  • OF Will Edmunson — senior
  • RHP Will McEntire — sixth-year super senior
  • INF Reese Robinett — redshirt sophomore

Each of these players have remaining eligibility, but could also technically be drafted. However, there isn’t as much buzz about them at the professional level as those listed below.

Something to consider with both Dylan Carter and Will McEntire is the fact that they’ve been in college for five years already. Do they want to come back for a sixth year? 

Sure, it helps that both of them are in-state kids who dreamed of playing for the Razorbacks, but six years is also a long time. They may want to give the pros a shot — McEntire did look great in the first half of the season and Carter touched 95 mph after a quick return from Tommy John — or they could come back for one last ride.

If they move on, the percentage of pitched innings lost from this year’s team jumps up from 49.5% to 61.9%.

The fourth name in this section may be a bit of a surprise. We originally included Reese Robinett in the “not draft eligible” section because he’ll be a third-year player in 2025, but we’ve since learned that he’s actually a draft eligible sophomore. Considering he redshirted this past season, though, it’s highly unlikely he’ll get drafted.

UPDATE (June 7): RHP Dylan Carter has announced he’ll return to Arkansas as a sixth-year super senior in 2025.

Transfer Portal Additions (1)

UPDATE (June 7): The first Arkansas baseball commitment out of the transfer portal is Kuhio Aloy, the younger brother of shortstop Wehiwa Aloy. Click here for our analysis of the commitment.

Class of 2024 Signees (20)

  • RHP Tag Andrews — Maumelle, Ark. (Maumelle HS)
  • C Zane Becker — Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS)
  • RHP Kel Busby — Little Rock, Ark. (Pulaski Academy)
  • OF Brenton Clark — Texarkana, Texas (Pleasant Grove HS)
  • RHP Eli Crecelius — Jonesboro, Ark. (Valley View HS)
  • RHP Lance Davis — Jonesboro, Ark. (Valley View HS)
  • RHP Steele Eaves — Lonoke, Ark. (Lonoke HS)
  • LHP Jackson Farrell — Jenks, Okla. (Owasso HS)
  • RHP Ross Felder — Springdale, Ark. (Springdale Har-Ber HS)
  • INF Gabe Fraser — Westminster, Calif. (Orange Lutheran HS)
  • LHP Cole Gibler — Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs HS)
  • INF Brent Iredale — Sydney, Australia (New Mexico J.C.)
  • OF Sam Lee — Montgomery, Texas (Lake Creek HS)
  • INF Tyson Lewis — Yutan, Neb. (Millard West HS)
  • OF Eli Lovich — Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley West HS)
  • RHP Wade Mountz — Morgan Hill, Calif. (Bellarmine College Prep)
  • INF Carson Schrack — Edgerton, Kan. (Coffeyville C.C.)
  • OF Justin Thomas — Glennville, Ga. (Georgia / Florida SouthWestern State C.C.)
  • RHP Carson Wiggins — Roland, Okla. (Roland HS)
  • C Carson Willis — Rogers, Ark. (P27 Academy)

This year’s signing class isn’t quite as heralded as some of the more recent ones, checking in at No. 17 on Perfect Game, but there are still a few draft risks included in the group.

Most notably, right-hander Carson Wiggins — the younger brother of former pitcher Jaxon Wiggins — is regarded as one of the top prep arms in the class. He is the Razorbacks’ highest-ranked signee on Perfect Game at No. 54 and he checks in at No. 77 on MLB Pipeline’s list of the top 200 draft prospects.

He’s not the highest-ranked Arkansas signee on that list, though. That honor belongs to Tyson Lewis, an athletic shortstop from Nebraska who has seen his stock rise this season and sits at No. 46 on MLB Pipeline.

The only other player among that outlet’s top-200 draft prospects is left-hander Cole Gibler at No. 130.

Not Expected to Return (18)

Out of Eligibility (11)

  • RHP Koty Frank
  • OF Hunter Grimes
  • LHP Stone Hewlett
  • UT Peyton Holt
  • LF Ross Lovich
  • 1B Ben McLaughlin
  • C Hudson Polk
  • C Parker Rowland
  • 3B Jared Sprague-Lott
  • 1B Jack Wagner
  • CF Ty Wilmsmeyer

Likely Gone to MLB Draft (7)

  • RF Kendall Diggs
  • RHP Jake Faherty
  • LHP Mason Molina
  • LHP Hagen Smith
  • 2B Peyton Stovall
  • RHP Brady Tygart
  • C Hudson White

Yes, even though he struggled mightily this season, Kendall Diggs will almost certainly still get drafted and sign professionally.

His draft stock probably suffered this season, as he dealt with a nagging shoulder injury and hovered around the Mendoza Line for much of the year. Still, he will get a larger signing bonus as a junior than he would as a senior, even if he came back to school and tore it up at the plate.

That’s because seniors have no leverage when it comes to negotiating. They can’t threaten to return to school, so teams can sign them for well under slot value.

The same logic applies to guys like Mason Molina and Brady Tygart, who struggled down the stretch.

Perhaps the most surprising name on this list is Jake Faherty. He threw only 14 2/3 innings this season, but he had a 1.84 ERA with 26 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .151 batting average. Throw in his elite velocity and it’s highly likely that a team will take a chance on him because that’s the kind of stuff you can’t teach.

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