MSU Friday Baseball Scrimmage Stats and Info

Mississippi State baseball played their first scrimmage of the fall late Friday afternoon. Included are complete stats, notes from the park and player and coach interviews.

Highlights from the scrimmage:
  • Hitting highlights: Luke Adkins was 2-for-2; Frankie Rawdow was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI; Jet Butler was 1-for-3 with a home run and 2 RBI; Carlos Leal was 1-for-2 with a triple; Wes Thigpen was 1-for-2 with a double; Trey Johnson was 1-for-2; Jaron Shepherd was 1-for-2.
  • Pitching highlights: Devin Jones threw 3 innings, allowing 0 runs on 1 hit, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts; Brandon Briggs threw 2 innings, allowing 0 runs on 1 hit and 2 walks.
  • Top Velocity (applies to 1st inning pitched by each pitcher): Devin Jones 93 mph; Michael Dixon 91 mph: Nick Routt 86 mph; Tyler Whitney 85 mph; Brandon Briggs 83 mph.
  • Players by Positions: 1B - Connor Powers, Nick Ray; 2B - Sam Frost, Frank Rawdow; SS - Jonathan Ogden, Nick Vickerson, Jet Butler; 3B - Jarrod Parks, Jet Butler, Nick Vickerson; C - Cody Freeman, Carlos Leal, Wes Thigpen, Dallas Hannah, Kolby Byrd; LF - Luke Adkins, Trey Johnson; CF - Brent Brownlee, Jaron Shepherd; RF - Ryan Collins, Ryan Duffy.

    Notes from the park:

  • There were about 50 to 75 people in attendance at the ballpark for the six-inning scrimmage despite a 2.5 hour delay in starting the scrimmage.
  • This was the first game played on the new grass field, which was finished just the day before.
  • Despite a small shower prior to the game, the field was very dry, as was expected due to the new drainage system that was installed the past couple of months.
  • Due to the left field bullpen still being worked on, the right field bullpen was used by the pitchers to warm up for the scrimmage.
  • Of the 24 players who participated in the scrimmage, 10 were playing their first game as a Mississippi State Bulldog.
  • While Devin Jones' fastball topped out at 93, it was consistently in the 90 to 92 miles per hour range during his three innings of work. Of the 23 fastballs he threw, only three were below 90 and they were in the 88 and 89 mph range.
  • The pitchers expected to throw in Sunday's game are true freshman RHP Kendall Graveman, true freshman LHP Chad Girodo, sophomore RHP Caleb Reed and juco transfer RHP Corey Collins.

    Post-scrimmage interview with pitching coach Butch Thompson:

    What were some highlights from the scrimmage?
    "I think the biggest thing that stood out to me was (juco transfer catcher) Wes Thigpen throwing the ball to second base and how exciting that was. I could tell that was the buzz in the air. You have to love the way he can take over a game from that standpoint.

    "I also thought the middle infielders, (juco transfer Jonathan) Ogden and (juco transfer Nick) Vickerson, looked like they handled themselves very solid with the speed of the game and their range, things like that. I had been working with the pitchers and hadn't seen them..

    "(Sophomore outfielder) Brent Brownlee looked great and very comfortable. (Juco outfielder) Jaron Shepherd moved well in the outfield even though we had a rain shower earlier. I liked how those two guys moved around in the outfield.

    "(Sophomore right-handed pitcher) Devin Jones is considerably better from last year. His arm is quicker. But even last year, when you were looking at him as a freshman, you were looking at him as to what he was going to be, not what he was. You project guys because they go from being seniors in high school to freshmen in college and start that process all over. And I see a great jump in him from four and five months ago. And that is exciting.

    "(Sophomore left-handed pitcher) Nick Routt hadn't thrown a pitch (in a live game) since last season. And to have not thrown a pitch, I think we got exactly what we wanted out of him."

    Post-scrimmage interview with sophomore right-handed pitcher Devin Jones:

    What did you think about your outing?
    "I feel like I did pretty good. I had good arm-speed on all of my pitches. I was pleased with how my arm came out and fired out because of this new program that we are doing. I am very comfortable with the program. There were a few first game things (that I need to get better at) such as getting the ball down a little more. I was about knee high the past couple of bullpens, and I elevated it a little bit which allowed people to make some contact. But overall I felt pretty good with my command and my arm speed."

    You had another pitch other than your fastball that was impressive. The hitters were really having trouble hitting it.
    "That was my sinker. I actually developed that two weeks ago. Last year I was struggling with the changeup. So, we started working with the sinker. It's harder than a changeup and it has a little sink to it toward the end."

    How much do you weigh now and how much did you weigh when you first got to State last year?
    "I weigh 180 now. I weighed 155 when I got here last season. And I still have a lot more to go, though."

    Your velocity was consistently 90 to 93 in today's game. What was your velocity at this time last?
    "I would probably say I was 87 to 88 last year. But I was scared to let it go last year. This summer really gave me a lot of confidence coming into the fall."

    Hitters Stats
    Jonathan Ogden 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Adkins 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jaron Shepherd 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Connor Powers 2 0 0 4 1 0 0 0
    Ryan Collins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jarrod Parks 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Cody Freeman 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Frost 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Carlos Leal 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 0
    Brent Brownlee 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jet Butler 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 1
    Ryan Duffy 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Trey Johnson 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Wes Thigpen 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0
    Nick Vickerson 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Frank Rawdow 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Nick Ray 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
    Dallas Hannah 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Kolby Byrd 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0

    Pitchers Stats
    Devin Jones 3 1 2 1 0 0
    Michael Dixon 3 3 4 3 2 2
    Tyler Whitney 3 3 3 1 2 2
    Nick Routt 1 2 2 2 2 3
    Walk-on Brandon Briggs 2 1 0 2 0 0

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