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Mississippi State senior baseball player Cody Brown is moving to the infield

Mississippi State senior Cody Brown has become Mr. Versatile on this year's baseball team. After playing the outfield his entire college career, he is now playing multiple infield positions with first base being the one that he has played the most.


According to Brown, it hasn't been much of an adjustment playing in the infield during the fall and pre-season scrimmages.

"I have a background of playing infield in high school, not at first base, though," said Brown. "I have worked at it every day. I take ground balls and we set up the pick machine and I use it every single day. It's all about how much work you put into it and what you get out of it."

Picking balls in the dirt has been his toughest adjustment.

"The toughest thing has been the pick," said Brown. "Everybody enjoys seeing it but there really is a lot of work that goes into it. I have been trying to work as hard as a I can at it."

Brown doesn't feel that his offensive game has suffered while learning a new defensive position.

"Defense has never been an issue with my game," said Brown. "And it hasn't ever affected me at the plate. I have now been playing first enough to feel comfortable there."

Overall, Brown feels his game has steadily progressed since he first got to Mississippi State.

"My game is much better now, obviously, than it was when I was a freshman," said Brown. "I feel like I understand the game at a higher level now. The coaches and some of the former players have helped me along the way to get me to where I am now."

Mississippi State lost a lot of talented players from last year's team either through the Major League Baseball draft or graduation. And as you would expect, there is some skepticism about this year's team. Brown feels very positive about what he has seen during the course of the fall and preseason.

"Being around a long time I have had an opportunity to see some good teams and be a part of some great teams and looking at what we have this year I think we have a really great team," said Brown. "We have a lot of young guys who are ready to step up. We are going to be really great defensively. We can really swing the bat. Coach Cannizaro talks to us every day about being aggressive at the plate. And I think our pitching will be fine. I think we will surprise a lot of people."


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