MSU RS Freshman Tanner Gaines Scouting Report

Tupelo 49ers right-handed pitcher Tanner Gaines, a Mississippi State redshirt freshman, led his team to an 9-1 five-inning victory over the Itawamba Cardinals Sunday afternoon, July 3, 2011.

Below is an inning by inning account of how Tanner Gaines performed:

1st Inning:

Tanner struggled with his control in the first inning, throwing 27 pitches, 16 for strikes. His fastball velo was 87-89. During the inning, he allowed two hits and 1 walk while striking out 1. He allowed no runs.

2nd Inning:

During the second, he switched to his two-seam fastball. The velo of it was in the 87-88 range. He threw 15 pitches, 9 for strikes. He had two strikeouts in the inning to go along with a line drive out to third base. Both strikeouts were on his curveball.

3rd Inning:

He was his most effective in the third inning, throwing just 9 pitches, 8 for strikes. Of his 9 pitches, 4 were off-speed pitches, all of which were thrown for strikes. He gave up 1 hit in the inning.

4th Inning:

During the 4th, Tanner threw 17 pitches, just 7 for strikes. Of his 17 pitches, 13 were fastballs. He only threw 4 for strikes. But once again he showed excellent command of his off-speed pitches, throwing 3 of the 4 for strikes. In the 4th he walked 2 and gave up 1 hit.

5th Inning:

Tanner threw 21 pitches in the 5th, 11 for strikes. His fastball velo was in the 84-87 mph range. He walked one and struck out one.

Game Recap:

Tanner threw a total of 89 pitches, 51 strikes (57%) and 38 balls (43%). Of the 89 pitches, he threw 33 off-speed pitches, 22 for strikes.

His fastball velocity was consistently 87-89 mph during the first few innings.

Of his 15 outs, 4 were strikeouts, 8 were groundouts and 3 were flyouts. Of his four strikeouts, 2 were with his fastball and 2 with his curveball. Of his 8 groundouts, 6 were with his curveball.

He allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4 in 5 innings of work.

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