Fayetteville, Ark. – True freshman John Clay Reeves has notified Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn that he intends to transfer to another school before the beginning of the fall 2012 semester.
Reeves, a true freshman, was considered the “offensive” catcher for the Hogs during the 2012 college baseball season giving way to true sophomore Jake Wise as a defensive catcher (.244 batting average).
Reeves, 6’0”, 200 pounds, from Neville High School in Monroe, Louisiana, played in 28 games for the Hogs, appearing in 19 as a starter. He hit .281 with 4 RBI in 57 at bats while committing three errors.
The arrival of Arkansas recruit catcher Blake Baxendale, younger brother of D.J. Baxendale, meant three catchers would vie for playing time behind the plate in 2013.
Former Arkansas outfield Derrick Bleeker left the Razorbacks after limited playing time in 2010 only to return for the 2012 season.
Bleeker transferred to Howard Junior College (Texas) for the 2011 season where he hit .318 and threw 12 2/3 innings before transferring back to Arkansas. The Razorbacks almost lost Bleeker to North Carolina but he did not have enough hours to transfer to the Tar Heels.