Mississippi State baseball played a seven-inning scrimmage Sunday afternoon, the longest scrimmage of the pre-season scrimmages so far. Included are partial stats and notes. The next scrimmage is Tuesday afternoon, time to be announced.
Highlights from the scrimmage:
Junior Brent Brownlee had a single.
Senior Jarrod Parks had a single, was hit by a pitch and knocked in one run.
Freshman C.T. Bradford had a single.
Sophomore Sam Frost had a double.
Freshman Hunter Renfroe had a single and a triple.
Junior Brett Bozeman had a single and two RBI.
Senior Jaron Shepherd had a single and was hit by a pitch.
Senior Trey Johnson had a single.
Freshman Demarcus Henderson had a double and walked once.
Freshman Daryl Norris walked once.
Senior Ryan Collins walked twice.
Freshman Wes Rea had a sacrifice bunt.
Freshman Cody Abraham walked twice.
Freshman Brayden Jones walked once.
Freshman Taylor Stark had a sacrifice bunt.
Senior Nick Vickerson had a sacrifice bunt.
Sophomore LHP C.C. Watson threw 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (2 earned) on 2 hits and 3 walks. He struck out none.
Freshman RHP Evan Mitchell threw 3 1/3 innings, allowing 1 run (earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2.
Junior RHP Caleb Reed threw 2 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on no hits, no walks and 1 hit batsman. He struck out two.
Freshman RHP Victor Diaz three parts of two innings for a total of 1 1/3 innings, giving up no runs on no hits or walks while striking out 2.
Sophomore RHP Andrew Busby threw to two batters, walking one and giving up one hit. A baserunner was thrown out at second base to end his inning.
Freshman LHP Ross Mitchell threw 1 inning, allowing no runs on no hits and 1 walk while striking out 1. He picked off one baserunner.
Freshman RHP Tanner Gaines threw 1 inning, allowing no runs on 0 hits and 0 walks. He struck out 1.
Junior RHP Jordan Faulkner threw 2 innings, allowing 1 (earned) run on 2 hits and a hit batsman. He struck out 2.
Top Velocity (Consistent and Top velo for 1st Inning):
C.C. Watson - 82-86, 87 miles per hour.
Evan Mitchell - 87-92, 93 miles per hour.
Caleb Reed - 86-87, 88 miles per hour.
Victor Diaz - 87-88, 88 miles per hour.
Andrew Busby - 87-91, 91 miles per hour.
Ross Mitchell - 83-84, 84 miles per hour.
Tanner Gaines - 87-88, 91 miles per hour.
Jordan Faulkner - 85-88, 88 miles per hour.
1B - Ryan Collins, Daryl Norris
2B - Sam Frost, Adam Frazier
SS - Jonathan Ogden, Demarcus Henderson
3B - Nick Vickerson, Jarrod Parks
C - Cody Freeman, Wes Thigpen
LF - Trey Johnson, Cody Abraham
CF - C.T. Bradford, Brent Brownlee
RF - Jaron Shepherd, Taylor Stark
Notes From The Park:
The temperature during the scrimmage was in the high 50s.
MSU pitchers picked off three runners, two by Evan Mitchell and one by Ross Mitchell.
Speaking of Evan Mitchell, he is a very impressive freshman pitcher. Not only did he show an exceptional pickoff move, but he did a good job of being in the correct position when a ball was overthrown to third base after a base hit. He also fielded his position well on a couple of plays that he was involved in.
Although Caleb Reed's numbers show that he had a good outing, what they don't show is of the 10 batters he faced only one hit the ball to the outfield. All of his other outs were either by strikeouts, groundball outs or infield popups.
Give Victor Diaz props for an outstanding outing. He came in in place of Evan Mitchell with men on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out and struck out Ryan Collins and Nick Vickerson to end the inning without giving up a run. He got both on an outstanding changeup, one looking and one swinging.
Tanner Gaines had an outstanding one inning of work, getting a strikeout and two groundball outs. He threw 9 pitches, 7 for strikes.
An amazing pitching stat from Sunday's game was the fact that there were 18 groundball outs to 7 flyball outs during the game. (I excluded infield popups, strikeouts, pickoffs or caught stealing outs and am just comparing groundouts to flyouts.) And this stat wasn't a one-game type stat either. During Saturday's game there were 14 groundball outs to 6 flyball outs, and during Friday's game there were 11 groundball outs to 5 flyball outs. That's a total of 43 groundball outs to 18 flyball outs, almost a 2.5 to 1 ratio. MSU pitching coach Butch Thompson advocates keeping the ball down in the zone, and it appears his pitchers are doing just that.
Before you think it's been all pitching during the seven scrimmages the hitters have had good days as well. Jarrod Parks has been outstanding, recording 10 hits, including 3 doubles and 1 triple. A couple of newcomers have also swung the bat well, recording 6 hits each. C.T. Bradford has six singles while Brett Bozeman has 5 singles and a double. Four hitters have recorded 5 hits apiece - Jonathan Ogden (3 singles, 2 doubles), Sam Frost (4 singles, 1 double), Nick Vickerson (2 singles, 2 doubles, 1 triple) and Ryan Collins (5 singles). A couple of others have come on of late - Taylor Stark (2 singles, 2 triples) and Hunter Renfroe (2 singles and 1 triple).