Stanley Brooks, Correspondent ( @StanleyBrooksFS on Twitter)
Junior catcher Jacky Miles Jr. has officially been ruled out for the 2017 season. Miles Jr., who is a captain of Florida A&M’s baseball team, found out that the tear of his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee will keep him out for the season.
“He had some back issues too so hopefully he’ll get healthy and be back with us next year, but it’s quite a blow to our pitching staff having our starting catcher out,” head coach Jamey Shouppe said.
Miles Jr. was on the All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Third Team in 2016. He finished top-five in 10 out of 14 hitting categories with one of them being for his batting average of .328. Against teams in the MEAC, Miles Jr. finished the 2016 season with a batting average of .411 with only 73 at-bats.
“Brian Davis, who was our backup catcher, caught the second game of doubleheaders last year will go to our starting catcher position,” Shouppe said. “That will open up some opportunities at first base where Brian was scheduled to start and then also open up an opportunity for either Javon Byrd or Russell Rauh to win that backup catching job.”
Davis was an All-MEAC first-team first baseman in 2016 and finished the season third in batting with an average of .370. Davis also finished second on the team in hits with 70 and tied for seventh in the MEAC in home runs with 7.
The Rattlers will open up their season against Wofford at home on Friday at 4 p.m.