After walking 10 batters in 7 innings of work during last fall's baseball scrimmages, Mintz, who redshirted last spring, knew what he needed to work on during his summer league play ... throwing strikes.
"I focused on throwing more strikes, staying in the strikezone," said Mintz. "I felt like that was something that I really struggled with last fall."
He feels like he took a big step in accomplishing that goal, especially during the second half of the summer. After walking 9 in 6.2 innings early on, he only walked 1 in 7.1 innings of work during the second half of his summer.
"I think I did pretty good," said Mintz. "I think I got a lot better at locating, got a lot better control over my stuff. It got a little rough but I figured it out, turned it around and got really good at the end."
Considering that he was a true freshman, this past summer was his first experience playing collegiate summer ball. And it was a very unique experience.
"It was an experience to say the least, the long bus rides, getting back late after games," said Mintz.
With a fall, spring and summer now under his belt he's ready to do what his MSU pitching coach Butch Thompson expects of him. And if he can accomplish that, then he should find a role on the Bulldog pitching staff.
"He just wants to see improvement in me throwing more in the strikezone," said Mintz. "We'll figure out the whole role thing this fall when he sees the improvement that he wants to see."
One thing that should help him during fall ball is knowing what to expect after having already gone through one fall.
"I think I am lot less jittery, a lot less anxious because it is something that I have been through before," said Mintz. "There is not as much pressure. It is a much easier to focus on competing and earning a job."