Riley, who committed to Mississippi State as a catcher, showed last Tuesday night that he has the potential for a big future as a pitcher on the next level. In 7 innings, he didn't allow a run while giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks to go along with his 4 strikeouts.
After throwing his fastball in the 85-86 range during the first inning, he steadily increased the velocity and stayed in the 87-88 range for the rest of the game, touching 89 in the 6th inning.
He talked about the performance.
"I don't want to get tired so I try to pace myself," said Riley, a dual-position player who has a 5-0 won-loss record and a 0.17 ERA as a pitcher in addition to batting .429 with 3 home runs and 29 RBI as a catcher. "The first round of pitching I threw my fastball and changeup and didn't show them my breaking pitch. Then, in the second round, I looked to see who was coming up to bat."
What is really impressive about his pitching is how well he sequences his pitches. He's picked up a few pointers on how to do that from the Mississippi State coaches.
"I stay in touch with the Mississippi State coaches. They talk to me about pitching sequences and how to call a game, things like that," said Riley.
In addition to talking to MSU pitching coach Butch Thompson, he also keeps in close contact with the MSU coach who is his primary recruiter.
"I stay in touch with coach Nick Mingione," said Riley. "He'll ask me how I'm doing in baseball, how my parents are doing and how my grades are."
He also follows how the MSU baseball team is doing by keeping up with them on twitter.
"They have a twitter page and I follow that game by game," said Riley.
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