Post-Scrimmage Q&W With John Cohen

Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen talked about some positive things that he saw from Saturday's baseball scrimmage.

True freshman Nolan Thomas had a couple of hits today. What are your thoughts about him?
"I think he's going to be able to hit. I also think he's going to be able to pitch a little bit for us as well. Nolan is a typical freshman, he's trying to do a little bit too much right now. But I think, at some point in time, he's going to be able to do some things to help us."

What are some of your other observations from today's scrimmage?
"I think (Devin) Jones is about as sharp as we have seen from him. He's supposed to be throwing at 80% and he throws a 94 (mph fastball today). For us to really make some huge strides in this baseball program we have to have some older pitchers who have been through the wars to step forward and pitch well for us. And he's one of those candidates."

Do you think he will be a starter or reliever for the team this spring?
"If he can do the things that we think he can do the more innings he can pitch. That usually means a starting type role. But it depends on a lot of different factors. Nick Routt's health will also help determine whether he starts for us. We'll just have to see where (Devin) is in February."

True freshman Daryl Norris also pitched well today?
"He's got a very good breaking ball. If he can create some movement with his fastball he has a chance to be special. The neat thing about him is his ability to help us on the mound and help us offensively, too. And he's got so much poise for a freshman."

Junior college transfer Luis Pollorena also pitched today.
"I think Luis is definitely going to have a role for us quickly because he's a strike-thrower, he's a three-pitch guy who has the changeup, fastball and a good breaking ball, and he's so athletic. He can control the running game. He's special. Of course, your first time out it's hard to get true observation of them. Plus, they are trying to pitch at 80% (the first outing or two), which is difficult for someone making their first outing."

True freshman Victor Diaz also pitched today.
"I think Victor was very, very good. I think he is going to be special. He has the ability to sink (his pitches). He's going to have some velocity. He looked like he had been out there a hundred times before. We are excited about him, too."

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