Mississippi State baseball played a six-inning scrimmage Friday afternoon, their first practice of the spring. Included are partial stats and a few notes. The next scrimmage is Saturday beginning at 1 pm.
Highlights from the scrimmage:
Hitting highlights (I only kept up with who had hits):
Jonathan Ogden had a single and a double.
Brett Bozeman, who played catcher, had two base hits.
C.T. Bradford had two singles.
Jarrod Parks had a single and a triple.
Sam Frost had two singles.
Brent Brownlee had a single.
Nick Vickerson had a double.
Cody Freeman had a single.
Brayden Jones had a single.
Pitching highlights (I didn't keep up with strikeouts):
Chris Stratton allowed three hits and a walk in his three innings of work.
Devin Jones gave up 4 hits while walking no one in three innings.
Luis Pollorena threw 1 innings, giving up 2 hits and no walks.
Victor Diaz threw 2 innings, giving up 2 hits and a walk.
Andrew Busby threw 1+ innings, allowing 2 hits, 3 walks and 2 hit batsmen.
Caleb Reed threw 2 innings, allowing 1 hit.
Top Velocity (Consistent and Top for 1st Inning):
Chris Stratton - 87-90, 92 miles per hour
Devin Jones - 90-91, 92 miles per hour
Luis Pollorena - 85-88, 88 miles per hour
Victor Diaz - 87-88, 89 miles per hour
Andrew Busby - 89-91, 93 miles per hour
Caleb Reed - 84-87, 89 miles per hour
Notes From The Park:
Ryan Collins, who normally plays outfield, played first base during the scrimmage. He handled the position very well.
Brett Bozeman played catcher during the scrimmage after not playing the position during the fall.
If you haven't had the chance, try to get back the park and look at the newly painted grandstand section as well as the new seats. All the seats are expected to be installed a week prior to the season starting.
Taylor Stark, who was injured most of the fall, was back at full speed. Wes Rea, who was hurt off and on during the fall, played the entire scrimmage. Defensively, he played first base.
For the most part, the first-year pitchers seemed to have jumped a couple of miles per hour in velocity from their fall velocities. Chris Stratton and Devin Jones had about the same velo as they did in the fall.
The pitchers only walked five batters during the 12 innings that they pitched.
Caleb Reed continues to show great movement on his fastball. He was impressive in the first inning of his outing, giving up just one run on a base loaded, no-out situation. He struck out two of MSU's better hitters, Brent Brownlee and C.T. Bradford, to end the inning.
Victor Diaz, in his first inning, recorded two strikeouts. He set the hitters up with his fastball, then struck both out with a 75-77 mph curveball. He showed good control of his off-speed pitches in the first inning, throwing all five off-speed pitches for a strike.
C.T Bradford's two hits came off of Chris Stratton and Devin Jones.
Jarrod Parks triple came off of Devin Jones and his single was off of Caleb Reed.