NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt’s Jeremy Sowers is among four former conference standout student-athletes named to the 2019 SEC Baseball Legends Presented by AT&T, the league office announced Thursday. Sowers is joined by Alabama’s Doug Duke, Arkansas’ Johnny Ray and Florida’s Josh Fogg.
The legends class will be recognized at the SEC Baseball Tournament, which takes place May 21-26 at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Alabama. Each legend will be recognized individually throughout the two quarterfinal matchups Friday and will have on-field recognition and an awards presentation by commissioner Greg Sankey on Saturday, May 25 during the semifinals of the tournament.
Fans will have an opportunity for autographs and photos with the honorees at the AT&T Legends Pavilion immediately following. Several legends will also participate in the annual SEC Youth Clinic on Friday morning.
Sowers was a first-team freshman All-American in 2002 and third-team All-America by Baseball America in 2004. He was twice named second-team All-SEC (2003, 2004) and four times earned SEC Pitcher of the Week recognition.
He ranks second in Vanderbilt history for career innings pitched (338.2) and is third in career strikeouts (327). His 123 strikeouts in 2003 rank sixth in team history. Sowers led the Commodores three consecutive seasons (2002-04) in victories, strikeouts and innings pitched.
Sowers was selected sixth overall by the Cleveland Indians in the 2004 MLB Draft, pitched four seasons (2006-09) for the Indians and currently works within the Tampa Bay Rays organization. This marks the eighth consecutive year that the SEC has recognized a class of baseball legends.