MSU Signee Will Cox Update

Tupelo 49ers right-handed pitcher Will Cox, a Mississippi State signee, led his team to an 6-5 victory over the South Stars team Saturday night, July 2, 2011. He talks about his performance (IP 4.2, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 9 SO) as well as what he is working to improve on this summer.

Will Cox Profile:

What pitches did you throw tonight?
"The fastball, slider, curveball and a changeup. I throw my changeup to lefties a lot."

At times you struggled with your command while other times you looked really, really good. What was going on with you during the game?
"I started off pretty good. I was pumping the zone pretty good. Then I walked a few - I hate walking people. I would rather give up a triple in the gap then strike out the next three than walk someone and get them pushed over.

"What I'm going to have to do is work on settling myself down after walking someone. When that happens I seem to overthrow sometimes and make some bad decisions."

Your velocity for the first few innings was in the 88-90 range. Has that been your normal velocity during the summer?
"Yes, pretty much. I know at Tuscaloosa I was only topping out at about 89. Today, I felt like I got pretty good stretch and my arm felt good."

This South Stars team included three players that were freshmen at Southern Miss this past season and a bunch of talented junior college players. Some of these guys were players you may even face next year and a couple of years down the road when you are at Mississippi State.
"I was excited after hearing about the team I was going to pitch against. I am competitive in anything I do, so anytime I get the chance to pitch against a team that is loaded with talent it makes me throw just a little bit harder. I came out there and had fun tonight."

What are you trying to work on this summer to prepare youself for this coming season at Mississippi State?
"A lot of what I'm doing is just trying to calm myself and prepare myself for when I get to State and start working with (MSU pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson.

"I've also had an issue with my slider just a little bit here and there. I've been trying to locate it a good bit. Tonight, it seemed like I would cock back too much and overthrow. And it would slide away too much."

On this Tupelo 49ers team you have another MSU signee Brandon Woodruff, who was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, and an MSU redshirt freshman Tanner Gaines. What's it like playing with two other guys who could end up being at State with you?
"It is great. I get to talk to Tanner a lot about what we will do. He's teaching me the ropes. I also think I'm rooming with Brandon, so due to that we can have some good chemistry going in."

Do you stay in contact with Butch Thompson?
"Yes, I do. I talked to him last Monday. And we keep in touch a good bit. It's always nice to talk to him. I really feel comfortable with him."


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