MSU 2015 Commit Hunter Stovall Update

Mississippi State 2015 C/MIF/OF commitment Hunter Stovall, who recently played in a Dulins Dodgers travel team tournament at Dudy Noble Field, talked one-on-one with Gene's Page.

  • Name: Hunter Stovall
  • Classification: 2015
  • Position: Catcher/Infielder/Outfielder
  • Ht, Wt: 5-foot-9, 170
  • Bats-Throws: R/R
  • High School: Pelham (AL) High School
  • Travel Team: Dulins Dodgers
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    I know you are known more as a catcher but you also play the infield. In fact, the last two times that I have seen you play, once in the summer and today, you played both catcher and second base. You really appear to be comfortable playing second base.
    "I grew up playing shortstop. I didn't start catching until about 5 years ago when I was in middle school. I'm comfortable (in the infield). It's natural for me. I still have some learning to do at second base, turning doubles plays, things like that."

    Like I just said, I saw you play baseball this summer and today. You appear to play baseball year-round. I would think that it would wear your legs down if you played catcher all the time. Does it help your legs by playing infield compared to catching?
    "I don't really tire easily in games but (playing) second base is more laid back for me because when you are catching you are involved in every play. When you play second you get a ball here and there. So, I guess it is a little less pressure on the legs"

    I saw you bunt today and it was a great bunt. Do you bunt that often?
    "I don't really bunt that much but I hit a ball deep foul and I saw the third baseman back up so I decided to give it a shot because nobody was really expecting it."

    Going back to an earlier question about you playing baseball so much. Why do you play in the fall after playing throughout the spring and summer?
    "I love playing the game. There is nothing that I would rather be doing than to come out and play baseball. It is comfortable doing it and I have fun."

    In this tournament, one of your Dulins Dodgers teammates was lefty Trysten Barlow. Trysten is also a 2015 Mississippi State commitment. You caught him this past summer. What are your thoughts about him as a pitcher?
    "He is dirty. He is a lefthander who can (top out at) 90 (miles per hour) and he has unbelievable movement on his fastball. His curveball is good and he also throws a slider that is good. He also has a sort of jerky windup which throws hitters off. We played together all summer and we are buddies now. I'm excited to know that he will be here, too."

    Although he didn't play in this tournament, another future teammate of yours is right-handed pitcher Gray Fenter. You also caught him this summer for Dulins Dodgers. What are your thoughts about him?
    "Gray is a dominant pitcher. He controls the strikezone really well. He has a mentality that most guys don't have. He is going to fight through everything and work his butt off to be the best."

    Check out video of Hunter both on offense and defense (as a catcher) in the video below.

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