ALLEGANY – Orchard Park graduate David “Bubba” Hollins, the son of ex-major leaguer Dave Hollins, has signed a letter of intent to join St. Bonaventure effective the fall of 2016.
The star shortstop for the Quakers was drafted following his senior season in 2014 by the Detroit Tigers in the 35th round, but opted to attend a junior college in Florida, St. Petersburg, where he is currently hitting .345 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs. He hit four home runs earlier this season in a win over South Florida State College.
Last season, he hit .262 with 24 RBIs for his junior college team but picked up some momentum for the current season during a season a summer ball in the wooden-bat New York Collegiate Baseball League with the Olean Oilers. He hit .340 with two homers and 32 RBIs in helping Olean win the league title.
“We are excited to have a guy of his skill set and work ethic coming to our program,” St. Bonaventure head coach Larry Sudbrook said. “We return a lot of key players next year and he’s a guy who can bat in the middle of the lineup and apply some offensive punch.”
Hollins’ elder namesake played 12 seasons in the majors with seven teams. He spent 1990-1995 with the Philadelphia Phillies as was the starting third baseman on the Phillies’ National League pennant-winning team in 1993.
In another signing, Albion graduate Connor Barleben, who currently plays at Genesee Community College as a pitcher and outfielder, has signed with Division II Ashland University in Ohio. Barleben has batted .354 with 73 hits, 10 home runs and 43 RBIs in 66 games with GCC.