Baseball Scrimmage Report: 10/26

As the Gators begin to close down fall practice, young players continue to fight for their roles. At Wednesday's scrimmage, key veteran relievers like Austin Maddox and Greg Larson threw while freshmen John Magliozzi and Aaron Rhodes tried to boost their stock for the spring.

Junior right-hander Austin Maddox pitching:

Justin Shafer doubled to left field.

Vickash Ramjit popped out to second base.

Mike Zunino reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop; Shafer thrown out at third base.

Mike Zunino steals second on a delayed steal.

Preston Tucker fouled out to the catcher.

Freshman right-hander John Magliozzi pitching:

Josh Tobias struck out looking.

Brian Johnson grounded out to first base.

Austin Maddox grounded out to second base.

Maddox pitching:

Vickash Ramjit singled to right field.

Vickash Ramjit stole second base.

Mike Zunino grounded out to shortstop; Ramjit to third.

Justin Shafer struck out swinging.

Jeff Moyer grounded out to the pitcher.

Magliozzi pitching:

Brian Johnson grounded out to second base.

Austin Maddox doubled to left field.

Josh Tobias singled to left field; Maddox to third.

Josh Tobias stole second base.

Brandon Sedell grounded out to shortstop; Maddox scored.

Cory Reid struck out swinging.

Freshman right-hander Aaron Rhodes pitching:

Mike Zunino homered to left field.

Justin Shafer grounded out to third base.

Vickash Ramjit singled to center field.

Vickash Ramjit stole second base.

Daniel Pigott grounded out to third base.

Preston Tucker grounded out to first base.

Magliozzi pitching:

Austin Maddox grounded out to shortstop.

Brian Johnson fouled out to third base.

Josh Tobias walked.

Josh Tobias stole second.

Sean Trent reaches on infield single to third base.

Zack Powers grounded out to second base.

Rhodes pitching:

Justin Shafer grounded out to shortstop.

Nolan Fontana struck out swinging.

Daniel Pigott struck out looking.

Senior right-hander Greg Larson pitching:

Josh Tobias grounded out to first base.

Austin Maddox grounded out to shortstop.

Brian Johnson reaches on bunt single to catcher.

Alex Freedman struck out swinging.

Rhodes pitching:

Justin Shafer grounded out to shortstop.

Nolan Fontana tripled to right field.

Tyler Thompson reached on infield single.

Preston Tucker out on sacrifice fly to right field; Fontana scored.

Jeff Moyer singled to right field; Thompson to third.

Justin Shafer tripled to right field; Thompson and Moyer scored.

Nolan Fontana reached on infield single; Shafer scored.

Tyler Thompson hit by a pitch.

Larson pitching:

Austin Maddox flew out to right field.

Brian Johnson grounded out to shortstop.

Josh Tobias grounded out to first base.

Pitching Lines:

Austin Maddox: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.

John Magliozzi: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K.

Aaron Rhodes: 3 IP, 7 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 5 R, 2 K.

Greg Larson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 1 K.

OBSERVATIONS:

Maddox looked good, but anything other than that is a rarity this fall. He has changed his grip on his slider this fall, and the pitch has become easier for him to control. He was already throwing a fastball, slider and changeup for strikes last year, and the slider should be more consistent this year.

This was the best I've seen Magliozzi throw this fall. When he has struggled, it has been with control. Walks have hurt him a lot this fall, but even in his bad starts, he will show flashes of dominance. When he can command his fastball, he's tough to hit. His changeup command was deadly on Wednesday. He has a really advanced feel for the pitch, especially since he's only a freshman.

When Rhodes can command his slider, he can be an effective reliever for Florida this spring. He didn't have command of it on Wednesday, and that's why he struggled. The home run by Zunino was on a hanging slider, and he struggled to locate it for strikes after that. Hitters keyed in on his fastball and hit it hard. He was consistent from the outings I saw early in the fall, so I would still expect him to play a big role on the team this spring. He may not have had the hype of other players out of high school, but he will have a productive career for the Gators.

It's almost boring to watch Larson pitch when he is on, and Wednesday was one of those times. His fastball is almost impossible for batters to hit anywhere but on the ground when he keeps it low in the zone. Wednesday was a methodical but typical outing for Larson.


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