1-on-1 With Freshman INF Ryan Gridley

Mississippi State freshman infielder Ryan Gridley talks one-on-one with Gene's Page.

  • Name: Ryan Gridley
  • Position: Middle Infield
  • Class: Freshman
  • HT: WT: 5-foot-8, 175
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • High School: MIlton (GA) High School

  • What has Mississippi State been like since you have gotten here?
    "I think the favorite thing has been my teammates and how close we have already gotten. It has been four weeks and I think I already have best friends on the team. It's pretty cool being a freshman and not have to worry about anything because everybody kind of took me in."

    The coaches and players are able to do 4 (players) on 1s (coach) right now. What have you learned as a freshman in those drills?
    "Basically, they are showing the ways of the school, how they conduct themselves on the field, what kind of swing path they want you to take, how they want you to bunt. Right now, we are all trying to get on the same path. It's all about timing right now."

    Have the workouts that Mississippi State does, weight lifting-wise and conditioning-wise, been a major adjustment for you since you are a true freshman?
    "Not really because I came in during the summer. I think that got me adjusted to the workouts. I really like (strength) Coach (Brian) Neal because he pushes us hard. It has been good for me because I have actually gained a little weight with the workouts."

    Were you workouts in high school similar to what they are here?
    "We didn't do workouts in high school like we do here but I made sure that I kept up with my body during high school. So, it wasn't really that big of an adjustment for me. I just had to maintain my work ethic here, and I have been able to do that."

    What position do the coaches expect you to play here at Mississippi State?
    "They didn't say that I am a shortstop or a second baseman. It's more like wherever they need to put me in. They said to get used to every single position because you never know when you will need to be put into the game. You never know when you will be put in at left field, third base, shortstop, or second base."

    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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