Baseball Scrimmage Report: 10/13

The sophomore class of pitchers is beginning to emerge this fall. The trio's production this spring isn't do-or-die for the team, but for the future years, Jonathan Crawford, Keenan Kish and Daniel Gibson are important to give the Gators stability on the mound. They have elevated their play so far through fall practice.

Sophomore right-hander Jonathan Crawford pitching:

Brian Johnson doubled off right field wall.

Austin Maddox singled to center field, Johnson scored.

Zack Powers lined out to left. Left fielder Tyler Thompson doubled off Austin Maddox at first base for a double play.

Josh Tobias reached on infield single to third.

Josh Tobias stole second base.

Brandon Sedell doubled to right field, Tobias scored.

Cody Dent struck out looking.

Sophomore left-hander Daniel Gibson pitching:

Nolan Fontana singled to center field.

Nolan Fontana stole second base.

Daniel Pigott singled to center field, Fontana to third.

Preston Tucker grounded out to second base, Fontana scored and Pigott to second.

Daniel Pigott picked off second base.

Mike Zunino popped out to first base.

Crawford pitching:

Brian Johnson doubled to left field.

Sean Trent struck out swinging.

Cory Reid flew out to right field.

Connor Mitchel fouled out to third base.

Gibson pitching:

Vickash Ramjit grounded out to third base.

Justin Shafer fouled out to the catcher.

Jeff Moyer grounded out to the pitcher.

Crawford pitching:

Alex Freedman flew out to left field.

Brian Johnson walked.

Austin Maddox struck out swinging.

Zack Powers grounded out to first base.

Gibson pitching:

Nolan Fontana struck out looking.

Daniel Pigott doubled to right field.

Preston Tucker grounded out to second base.

Mike Zunino struck out swinging.

Freshman right-hander Aaron Rhodes pitching:

Brian Johnson singled to left field; Sean Trent pinch runs for him.

Josh Tobias flew out to right field.

Sean Trent thrown out stealing second by catcher Mike Zunino.

Brandon Sedell struck out swinging.

Sophomore right-hander Keenan Kish pitching:

Vickash Ramjit struck out swinging.

Justin Shafer struck out looking.

Jeff Moyer doubled to right-center field.

Nolan Fontana singled to center field. Center fielder Cory Reid throws out Moyer at the plate.

Rhodes pitching:

Brian Johnson reaches on an error by first baseman Steven Rodriguez.

Cody Dent hit by a pitch.

Sean Trent struck out bunting.

Cory Reid reaches on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dent out at second, Brian Johnson scores on throwing error by second baseman Jeff Moyer.

Connor Mitchell grounds out to first base.

Kish pitching:

Daniel Pigott grounded out to shortstop.

Preston Tucker grounded out to shortstop.

Mike Zunino flew out to right field.

Rhodes pitching:

Alex Freedman struck out swinging.

Brian Johnson flew out to center field.

Zack Powers hit by a pitch.

Josh Tobias flew out to center field.

Kish pitching:

Justin Shafer grounded out to second base.

Jeff Moyer grounded out to first base.

Nolan Fontana grounded out to first base.


Jonathan Crawford wasn't as sharp as previous outings this fall, but the play-by-play on him is deceptive. He gave up plenty of weakly hit balls that fell in the outfield. I still think he will have a big impact out of the bullpen this year. The right-hander's fastball has a lot of movement on right-handed hitters, which can break bats and get plenty of ground balls. His fastball was 90-93 mph, the slider was 83-85 mph and his changeup was 78-81 mph.

This was the best I've ever seen Daniel Gibson throw. He was throwing hard and even gave up some broken bat singles himself. He's making a push to be the second left-hander out of the Florida bullpen, behind only Steven Rodriguez.

This was my first time seeing Aaron Rhodes throw, and I think he can have a solid career. He didn't get much publicity at all in high school. He doesn't overpower hitters, but he has a sharp breaking ball that got plenty of outs. Even when Rhodes left the breaking ball over the heart of the plate, hitters still had trouble hitting it hard.

Keenan Kish has spells where his control leaves him, but those seem to be limited so far this fall. When he is throwing strikes, he doesn't give up a lot of hard contact. I can see him being a reliever that comes in during the middle innings with Florida needs a double play. He also looks to be getting more swings and misses than he did last year.

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