MSU Wednesday Baseball Scrimmage Stats/Info

Mississippi State baseball played their 18th scrimmage of the fall Wednesday. Included are complete stats, notes and a couple of interviews. The next scrimmage is Friday at 3:00 pm.

Highlights from the scrimmage:

  • Hitting highlights:

  • Nick Ray was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
    Dallas Hannah was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
    Nick Vickerson was 2-for-3 with a triple.
    Kolby Byrd was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
    Carlos Leal was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
    Jaron Shepherd was 1-for-2 with a double.
    Ryan Collins was 1-for-2.
    Jonathan Ogden was 1-for-2.

  • Pitching highlights:

  • Chris Stratton threw 4 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4.

  • Top Velocity:

  • Chris Stratton - 91 miles per hour
    C.C. Watson - 91 miles per hour
    Trey Johnson - 85 miles per hour

  • Consistent Velocity By Inning (Has to throw the velocity at least twice in each inning):

  • C.C. Watson - 87-89, 85-87, 85-90, 86-87.
    Chris Stratton - 85-91, 85-87, 85-91, 85-91.
    Trey Johnson - 81-82, 82-82, 81-82, 80-82.

  • Players by Positions:

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

    Notes from the park:

  • There were between 20 and 25 people watching the scrimmage.
  • Pitcher Paxton Pace, who was taken out of Tuesday's scrimmage, is going to have an MRI to find out if anything is wrong with his shoulder.
  • Just to show you the potential of freshman LHP C.C. Watson, during one span he faced 8 batters, throwing 17 pitches, 15 of which were strikes. Seven of the pitches were curves. And he threw 6 of the 7 for strikes. Seven of the eight hitters made outs (1 K, 5 GO, 1 FO) while one had a base hit.
  • Freshman RHP Chris Stratton hit 90 or 91 sixteen times with his four-seam fastball during his outing, including seven times in his last inning of work. Connor Powers, who grounded out to the second baseman to end the inning, saw 5 of those pitches.
  • Once again, the Maroon-White World Series, a 3 out of 5 series, starts next Wednesday (November 11th) and goes through the 17th.

    John Cohen Interview

    What were some positive things you saw today?
    "I think all of our pitchers had some positives today. They ran into some rough patches but they came back strong. I thought that (Chris) Stratton was very, very good even though he struggled at the the beginning. I thought that C.C. (Watson) really shows glimpses of greatness. I think they are really skilled kids. And as they gain confidence and figure what college baseball is all about, I think they are going to be really good."

    Hitting-wise, what did you like?
    "We are hitting the ball in the middle of the field. And I think that is where we are going to be successful. I think a lot of our guys put together some pretty good at-bats. And I'm really pleased with where Russ (Sneed) is. I'm kind of shocked with that (since he's coming back from an injury and surgery). Really, a lot of guys are swinging it well.

    "Really, during our intrasquad games, I'm much more focused in on our pitching and our defense than I am on our hitting."

    There were a few infield errors during today's scrimmage.
    "I think the infield is still playing really jagged. So, we are getting some really bad hops. But it will be find before our season opener."

    Do you have a feel about who will play what position in the outfield? I noticed a lot of guys are playing two different positions in the outfield.
    "We are just trying to figure out who is comfortable where. And we are big believers in moving people all around the outfield. We'll do that to see where they are most comfortable. And we'll ask them where they feel most comfortable."

    I've been out here a lot, so I'm going to give you my SEC starting rotation - Devin Jones, Nick Routt and Chris Stratton. What do you think about that pitching rotation for Friday, Saturday and Sunday?
    "That's possible. But the other thing you have to ask yourself is who we are playing, how many righthanded or lefthanded bats they have. All that will be a factor. But I think there are a lot of guys. I think Kendall Graveman has a chance to be a starter. I think that Corey Collins, with as much sink that he gets and as many swings as he gets early in the count, has a chance to be a starter. I also think that Luke Bole has a chance to be a starter. It really depends on whether we want to go left or right. But I think clearly you are right - Nick and Devin have really separated themselves from the rest of the staff. Their maturity, their moxie, the way they are pitching, the way they can get through some tough situations. I think you are right. At this point in time, seems to be the guys who would be weekend guys."

    Pitching Coach Butch Thompson Interview

    Chris Stratton really had a good day today.
    "Chris can be whatever he wants to be. We think he has a chance to be a great starter for us.

    "We are stretching our pitchers a little bit, especially our young guys. We've introduced a two-seam, a changeup and a concept of fastball on both sides of the plate. That's really stretching these guys. They've had so much success in the past without having to really think other than just throw the ball. We are making them throw the fastball inside and outside.

    "So, Chris' whole life, he's just been throwing a fastball. But we have really stretched Chris in the last 10 days. We've been talking about it for awhile. Now, I'm forcing him to do it to hitters by going in and going out. He's hit a couple of batters,

    "He's got all that going on and I thought it crept into his delivery a little bit early in the first inning. I had that talk with him where I told him to just throw the ball and get back to being aggressive. And through the 2nd, 3rd and 4th inning, I saw him throw the fastball to both sides of the place, which is going to take him to another level. We already know what his curveball can do. And it played really well again today. And he threw five or six changeups today, which is a pitch he hasn't been throwing a lot."

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

    Pitchers Stats
    C.C. Watson 4 6 3 3 6 6
    Trey Johnson 4 5 2 0 2 3
    Chris Stratton 4 2 4 1 1 1

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