1-on-1 With Freshman RHP Jesse McCord

Mississippi State true freshman righthanded pitcher Jesse McCord talks one-on-one with Gene's Page.

  • Name: Jesse McCord
  • Position: RHP
  • Class: Freshman
  • HT: WT: 6-foot-0, 198
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • High School: Spanish Fort (AL) High School

  • You were enrolled during the second summer session. Why did you decide to enroll early?
    "I wanted to come here and get adjusted to the college lifestyle. I wanted to take some classes and work out, get adjusted, get my body adjusted to what we were going to do in the fall."

    Speaking of workouts, how do they compare to what you were used to doing in high school?
    "The workouts were a lot different. We got up at 5:30 (am), then worked out at 6. Squat days, those were the worst. But they were good for me. We definitely got a lot of work done in there. I feel stronger and ready to go."

    Since you are a pitcher, how strong does your arm feel?
    "I tossed a little bit this summer. I long tossed a little bit. And my arm feels great. Doing 4 on 1s (with the MSU coaches) and throwing bullpens, it feels great."

    What kind of velo did you have during the spring of your senior season in high school? Also, what pitches do you throw?
    "My velocity (at the end of the spring) was 88 to 91, top 92, 93 maybe. I throw a two-seam fastball, a changeup and a breaking ball. We are sticking with those three pitches, trying to perfect them."

    Another thing I'm sure Mississippi State pitching Coach Butch Thompson is wanting you to perfect is keeping the ball down in the zone. He uses a string to get pitchers to do that. It is located at about the bottom of where the strikezone is. How have you adjusted to that? Also, what are some other things that you had to get used to doing?
    "I had to make a big adjustment to get down under the string. You have to stay focused on hitting the mitt. I'm getting better at staying down there. I'm hoping to see some great things out of throwing down in the zone.

    "I also had to get used to going from working out or doing conditioning every day to throwing every other day. Your muscles have to get used to that."

    How did you prepare for what the coaches expect from you during the fall?
    "We talk to the older guys about the fall, trying to get their perspective of it. We want to prepare ourselves for it."

    Has Coach Thompson talked about what role he expects you to play on the pitching staff as a true freshman?
    "We haven't talked about (my role on the staff) much. I'm just trying to do whatever they want me to do and help the team any way that I can."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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