WVU Baseball Assistants Detail Development

West Virginia's baseball team would seem to have tempered expectations - to everyone but themselves. Here, assistants Steven Trout and Derek Matlock discuss developments in the field, behind the plate and on the mound and what they hope to achieve in the final week before the opener as well as through the first few nonconference series.

Trout, whose infield returns mostly intact, is still trying to find a surefire designated hitter, along with a right fielder who could well be a freshman. Trout speaks to the inability to judge hitting while practicing indoors, his expectations of development over the first 15-20 games, the team's progression through fall camp and the offseason and what he'd like to see out of multiple individual players.

Matlock, facing what he agrees is the most monumental rebuilding effort of his collegiate career, details some of the young right-handers who could immediately help, his plans for Ross Vance as a Saturday starter, the skills and understanding of catcher Cam O'Brien to manage the staff and bring the players along at the correct pacing and more in this insightful interview.


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