Rutgers baseball added some good talent via the transfer portal this week, with the program adding some much-needed help for the bullpen as well as a first baseman who brings some more pop to the line-up.
Last season, Rutgers went 44-15 (17-7 in the Big Ten). They finished second in the Big Ten’s regular season and then were runner-ups in the conference tournament. They were a surprising omission from the NCAA Tournament.
The three additions add to a roster that is deep and experienced but has some solid young pieces.
A look at what Rutgers baseball has added in the transfer portal this week:
Joe Conover: As a reliever last year, pitched 28.2 innings and allowed a batting of .250. The 6-foot-5 standout from New Jersey was an All-State selection at Vorhees in 2020.
John Biagio-Modugno: As a right-hander at Indiana last year, was a Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Didn’t allow a run in 10 of his 16 appearances. Was solid coming out of the bullpen for the Hoosiers. Went to Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) in high school.
Xavier Vargas: A super senior, the first baseman adds another bat to the lineup. At Rhode Island last year, led the program with 11 home runs and 58 RBIs.