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Denver McQuary Adjusting To College Ball

Mississippi State true freshman pitcher Denver McQuary talks about his adjustment to college ball.

"When you were in high school you could just throw your fastball and get hitters out," said McQuary, who can throw his fastball in the high 80s to low 90s. "But at this level, where you are facing the best competition in college baseball, you have to throw more than just a 92, 93, 94 miles per hour fastball. You have to command all three of your pitches. You have to throw a changeup for strikes. It is a big step."

He feels like he is adjusting well.

"I feel like I know what I can do now," said McQuary. "I have better quality pitches now. I feel like I have improved a good bit."

During his high school career, McQuary played infield and pitched. He expects to do just one of those roles his freshman season at MSU.

"For this year's team I feel like the best role for me is out of the bullpen," he said. "I am excited about my role on this team. Whatever I can do to help this team win a national championship for the first time I will be more than happy to do."

He's not sure what role he will play coming out of the bullpen.

"I'm not sure what I will do on the staff," said McQuary. "It will be when the season comes you earn your innings then."

McQuary, like so many of the young pitchers on the staff, has had Tommy John surgery. He had his while a 10th grader. He has some advice for the Bulldog pitchers going through rehab now.

"It is a journey for sure, but you just have to do your rehab 120%, as hard as you think you possibly can and even harder if you can," said McQuary. "Eventually, it will all work out."

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