Baseball Scrimmage Report: 10/5

The Florida baseball scrimmage on Wednesday served as a showcase of four arms who could all experience breakout seasons. With the pitch rotation and key bullpen roles seemingly set, the Gators need to develop middle inning relievers, and four potentials to fill that role through well on Wednesday.

Sophomore RHP Jonathan Crawford pitching:

Josh Tobias struck out swinging.

Justin Shafer flew out to center field.

Preston Tucker grounded out to first base.

Freshman RHP Justin Shafer pitching:

Nolan Fontana homered to right field.

Vickash Ramjit reached on throwing error by shortstop Cody Dent.

Mike Zunino doubled to left field; Ramjit to third.

Tyler Thompson three-run homer to right field.

Zack Powers grounded out to first base.

Sean Trent grounded out to first base.

Crawford pitching:

Daniel Pigott lined out to right.

Brian Johnson grounded out to the pitcher.

Austin Maddox grounded out to third base.

Shafer pitching:

Connor Mitchell fouled out to third base.

Alex Freedman struck out swinging.

Nolan Fontana singled to right field.

Vickash Ramjit flew out to right field.

Crawford pitching:

Brandon Sedell grounded out to first base.

Cody Dent fouled out to third base.

Jeff Moyer popped out to second base.

Shafer pitching:

Mike Zunino grounded out to first base.

Tyler Thompson grounded out to the pitcher on a bunt.

Zack Powers singled to right field.

Zack Powers was picked off, but the coaches overruled and wanted the team to finish the inning. Powers then stole second on the next pitch.

Sean Trent struck out looking.

Sophomore RHP Keenan Kish pitching:

Cory Reid struck out swinging.

Josh Tobias flew out to deep left-center field.

Justin Shafer struck out swinging.

Sophomore LHP Daniel Gibson pitching:

Alex Freedman singled to center field.

Nolan Fontana stuck out looking.

Vickash Ramjit fouled out to first base.

Mike Zunino doubled off right field wall; Freedman scores.

Tyler Thompson grounded out to shortstop.

Kish pitching:

Preston Tucker popped out to third base.

Daniel Pigott singled to center field.

Brian Johnson flew out to center field.

Austin Maddox popped out to third base.

Gibson pitching:

Zack Powers struck out swinging.

Sean Trent struck out swinging.

Alex Freedman walked.

Alex Freedman steals second base on a delayed steal.

Nolan Fontana flew out to center field.

Kish pitching:

Brandon Sedell grounded out to third base.

Cody Dent fouled out to third base.

Jeff Moyer doubled to right field.

Cory Reid grounded out to second base.

Gibson pitching:

Vickash Ramjit struck out swinging.

Mike Zunino walks.

Tyler Thompson struck out swinging; Zunino thrown out stealing second on the pitch.


Jonathan Crawford: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 1 K.

Justin Shafer: 3 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 R, 2 K.

Keenan Kish: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.

Daniel Gibson: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 R, 5 K.

ANALYSIS: Jonathan Crawford was the biggest winner from today's scrimmage. There has been a lot of optimism around the team this fall about emergence of Crawford. The bullpen returns Greg Larson, Austin Maddox and Steven Rodriguez, and that trio should see plenty of action at the end of games, but if Crawford can give them another arm to that group, it would make life for the Florida coaching staff a lot easier.

Crawford sat in the low 90s with his fastball on Wednesday and even touched 94 mph. He threw a curveball last year, but this season, he is featuring a tight slider that people who have seen a lot of it are calling it a "plus" pitch. The slider is at 84 mph consistently. Crawford is also throwing a changeup when he needs it. He had some good run on his fastball in to right-handed hitters and away from left-handers.

Justin Shafer obviously had a rough start. After he settled in, he threw well. He gets a lot of sink on the ball and creates plenty of ground balls. His biggest impact this fall has come at the plate, where he has swung the bat very well. They'll give him a shot at being a two-way player. Shafer is a great athlete who had some Division One football offers to play quarterback.

Keenan Kish looked great on Wednesday. He got both strikeouts as hitters swung over sliders in the dirt. He's another one that will throw plenty of ground balls, and could serve that role when the Gators need a double play ball late in games this spring. The only ball hit hard off him was Moyer's double.

Daniel Gibson had a lot of movement to his pitches on Wednesday. Like most lefties, his fastball moves inside quick on left-handed hitters. He struck out Powers and Thompson, both left-handed hitters, with fastballs inside that they were late on. He's going to need to keep the walks down to be a trusted arm this spring. With Steven Rodriguez the only proven returning left-hander out of the bullpen, Gibson emerging would make the Florida coaches feel a lot better.

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