MSU Saturday Baseball Scrimmage Information

Mississippi State baseball played their 6th scrimmage of the fall Saturday morning. Included are complete stats, notes and an interview with a coach. The next scrimmage is Sunday at 2:30 pm.

Highlights from the scrimmage:

  • Hitting highlights:

  • Ben Bracewell was 3-for-3 with 2 doubles
    Brent Brownlee was 2-for-2
    Kolby Byrd was 1-for-2 with a double and 2 RBI
    Jet Butler was 1-for-2 with a double and 2 RBI
    Jarrod Parks was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI
    Wes Thigpen was 1-for-2
    Ryan Collins was 1-for-2
    Jonathan Ogden was 1-for-2
    Luke Adkins was 1-for-2
    Nick Vickerson was 1-for-2

  • Pitching highlights:
  • Kendall Graveman threw 3 innings, allowing no runs on 3 hits and 1 walk to go along with his 4 strikeouts.
  • Chad Girodo also threw 3 innings, allowing 0 runs on 3 hits with no walks and 3 strikeouts.

  • Top Velocity:

  • Kendall Graveman - 91 miles per hour
    Caleb Reed - 84 miles per hour
    Corey Collins - 84 miles per hour
    Chad Girodo - 83 miles per hour

  • Players by Positions:

  • 1B - Connor Powers, Nick Ray
    2B - Dallas Hannah, Sam Frost, Frank Rawdow, Nick Vickerson, Jonathan Ogden
    SS - Frank Rawdow, Sam Frost, Jonathan Ogden, Nick Vickerson
    3B - Jet Butler, Dallas Hannah, Jarrod Parks
    C - Cody Freeman, Dallas Hannah, Jet Butler, Wes Thigpen, Kolby Byrd, Carlos Leal
    LF - Ryan Collins, Trey Johnson, Ryan Duffy, Luke Adkins
    CF - Brent Brownlee, Jaron Shepherd
    RF - Trey Johnson, Ryan Collins, Luke Adkins, Ryan Duffy

    Notes from the park:

  • There were between 35 and 40 people watching the scrimmage under a partly cloudy, windy, low-50s temperature day.
  • Three Major League Baseball scouts were in attendance.

    Assistant coach Lane Burroughs interview

    What impressed you about today's scrimmage?
    "The story of the day was Kendall Graveman. Coach Cohen and I were just talking about him. He was phenomenal. What he did was what we expected him to do. If he can give us that, that will be a great shot in the arm for our pitching staff."

    What did you like about his performance?
    "I thought that he had tremendous sink and was getting beneath batters barrels. I thought his secondary pitches were phenomenal. He was in the zone with all of his pitches. His arm is just like a whip. He is a competitor. And he goes about his business in a professional manner. I think he and Corey Collins were the stories of the day. Corey pitched great, too."

    What did you like about Corey?
    "Corey is a sinker/slider guy. That is his bread and butter. His slider was outstanding, especially that last inning. I thought he was good his last two innings.

    "Chad Girodo was a lot better than he was his first time out. This was the second go around for all the guys, and I thought they were all improved."

    What were some other things you liked?
    "The main thing with our team is the more these guys play together, the more they are trusting each other and communicating with each other. We brought in 20 new players and they have never played with each other, other than the guys from Blinn (Community College). I think everyday you have seen them progressively get better with their communication and the trust."

    The catchers seem to be doing good.
    "I think the catchers are doing good. I think that Wes Thigpen and Cody Freeman have separated themselves from the rest. Freeman is a lot better and I think Thigpen has a lot to do with that. (Freeman) has a guy in here who is pretty good."

    How is Freeman better from last year?
    "I think he is a lot better receiving the ball, a lot better blocking the ball. His communication and his ability to talk to the pitchers and run the show is a lot better. I think he feels a little more healthy. I didn't think he was healthy at all last year even though he would tell us he was. He just didn't look like it.

    "Coach Cohen is very involved with the catchers. I told them that's no different than a head football coach being involved with the quarterbacks. The catchers are the quarterbacks of the team. They run the show. They are the guys everybody is looking at and they are looking at everybody."

    Hitting-wise, who impressed you today?
    "I thought that Brent Brownlee had a great day. I think that Brownlee and Trey Johnson continue to stack up the quality at-bats. We keep a quality at-bat chart in the fall. We don't even care what their batting average is. We just want great at-bats. I think that Brent Brownlee, Connor Powers and Trey Johnson keep piling them up. They just have great at-bats. They grind out at-bats. Even when the count is 0-2, 1-2, you always see those guys work themselves back into the at-bat. They know the strikezone and have great strikezone discipline. They foul off pitches, take borderline pitches. That kills a pitcher's pitch count. And that's what we have to have.

    "Bracewell also had a good day. He was 3-for-3. It was his first day out there as a hitter. Only time will tell if he can hit at this level, but we know he can pitch. It's tough to do both. You have to be a special athlete to hit and pitch at this level."

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

    Pitchers Stats
    Kendall Graveman 3 3 4 1 0 0
    Caleb Reed 3 4 1 2 3 3
    Chad Girodo 3 3 3 0 0 0
    Corey Collins 3 5 3 0 3 3

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