The Tom Sox welcome back Davidson junior utility player Max Bazin. The 6’0, 175 pounder is from Charlotte, NC and attended South Mecklenberg HS where he was a high school teammate of Davidson and Tom Sox player Eric Jones.
In 2017, he started 58 games at shortstop for the Wildcats, who advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals where they were ultimately knocked out by Texas A&M. In their June 9th 15-inning loss the the Aggies, Bazin had 4 hits in 5 ABs. During his freshman season of 2016, while recovering from an arm injury, Bazin started the second half of the year in centerfield and batted .343 …the top average on the team. By the time he gets to Charlottesville in June 2018, he will have had over 750 college at-bats. It’s rare to get someone so experienced.
Bazin came to the Tom Sox a couple of weeks late in the summer 2017 Tom Sox season because Davidson played into mid-June in the NCAA Tournament. He was a huge addition to our club but was only with the team for about 2 weeks before he was injured; had to have surgery; and went home to recover. Even though he wasn’t here long, he made a big impression on his summer coach, Corey Hunt, and his teammates. “Max is an unbelievable competitor” Coach Hunt said. “It’s not everyday you see a middle infielder get hurt diving after a ball, in a game that may not be the biggest of his life. That is just a glimpse of what he is all about though. He goes hard all the time and gives everything he has. Successful summer ball teams need guys who approach the game like that. I am looking forward to seeing Max back on our field, wearing Tom Sox colors again.”
From GM Jeff Burton “Tom Sox fans have not see everything Max can do yet, but they did get a glimpse into his competitiveness when he dove for that ball on July 4th and collided with Michael Wielansky. Our fans will be interested to know that after multiple surgeries, he’s doing well; has had a great Fall; and is back playing the game the only way he knows to play it…hard. He is a top of the lineup top at-bat. He’s a versatile defender. He is a great friend, teammate and leader, and we are lucky that he wanted to come back to Charlottesville for a 2nd summer.”
Bazin is an economics major and will do an internship in finance while here in Charlottesville. Welcome back to the Tom Sox, Max Baxin!