Friday, July 3, 2015

2017 commits (updated rankings per PG)

College baseball is an ongoing recruiting process. Coaches see a HS or tournament team and they have 3 grades playing with each other. A sophomore could be better than a senior. So, guess what? Offer him a scholarship. Happens all the time. It happens to 8th and 9th graders too. You can tell when a player that young will be better than everyone else he is playing with.

With that in mind, let's look at the current 2017 commits. All 5 are from out of state.

22 -  LHP Hunter Milligan 6-4 200

This will be the 3rd year in a row we get a stud LHP that is 6-4 200 or better. It's what championship teams need. He is the 1# player in Arkansas in this class.

24 - OF Jacob Pearson 6-0 185 L/R

What we need every year! Pearson has climbed 200 spots because of his play lately. He hits well, steals bases, bats left throws right. And he is a big Ms State fan. From West Monroe, La.

96 - C Tyler Lasch 5-10 180 L/R

Another bat left throw right. His travel team played at Dudy during the summer and we jumped on him. He is from California.

108 - LHP Jack Owen  6-1 180

On the same team as Lasch from California. He really keeps hitters off stride. Of course, he is a lefty.

290 - RHP Chad Bryant 6-1 180

Hails from Alabama. He can already touch mid-90's with his fastball. Has played at Dudy before on travel team East Coast Baseball.

This class are the upcoming juniors in HS, so I expect a few more commits before Christmas. Remember, these rankings will fluctuate over the next 2 years.

Again, I expect to sign 15-20 and lose a couple to draft. Nature of the beast now.

Two newcomers with summer stats

RHP Ryan Rigby and OF Tanner Poole are playing with the Piedmont (SC) Pride of the Southern Collegiate League. Team is coached by Joe Hudak. Rigby is untouchable while Poole has nice stats.

2-0 0.54 ERA
11 G 8 Saves
16.2 IP 16 K 9 W
3 hits given up, wow!

.333 Avg in 78 ABs
26 H 1 HR
His best stat..17 stolen bases!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

2016 lineup/pitching rotation---(updated) summer edition

Just because. Based on summer ball.

1 - Jacob Robson         CF   L   Jr.R
2 - Luke Reynolds       3B    L   Jr.
3 - Gavin Collins          C     R   Jr.
4 - Reid Humphreys    1B    R   Jr.
5 - Brent Rooker         DH    R  So.R
6 - John Holland          2B    L   Sr.
7 - Michael Smith        RF   R   Sr.
8 - Ryan Gridley          SS    R   So.
9 - Cody Brown           LF    L   Jr.R

Friday - Dakota Hudson  RHP   Jr.
Saturday - Austin Sexton  RHP   Jr.
Sunday - Moonlight Tatum  LHP   Jr.

Long or 7th/8th inning - Daniel Brown  LHP   Jr.
Long or 7th/8th inning - Zac Houston  RHP   Jr.
Closer - Ryan Rigby  RHP   So.

I posted this and someone said but it's the same players as last year and we had a bad year. Yes, that is true. Remember this, most of these guys saw their first significant playing time in 2015. Reynolds, Holland, Smith and Gridley were brand new to the program. Gavin Collins and Cody Brown were really the only ones that had played a lot the year before.

All these players have immense talent. They lived and learned last year. I do know after all my years of being a fan of college baseball is players get better, they adjust.

ALL these guys are playing summer ball and doing pretty good. They are working on their game. They will come back in August and get after it in the weight room.

I like to be positive not negative. I believe these players will turn it around and we will get back to our winning ways in 2016.

I have listed above ONLY 15 of the 35 man roster. The other players will contribute and push for playing time too.

2016 commits (updated rankings by Perfect Game)

Right now we have 9 commits for the 2016 school year. We have 3 ranked in the top 100. PG will re-rank players in each class several more times up until MLB Draft of that year. For example, the 2015 class was ranked for the last time a couple of days prior to the draft this past June.

These individual rankings will fluctuate depending on how many events a player goes to and of course, how well they did at the event. Usually by late spring the Top 300 won't move that much. Austin Riley was last ranked at 61 and he was taken as the 41st pick of the draft.

Here are the rankings as of 6/30.

13 - RHP Alex Speas
50 - LHP/1B Walker Robbins
70 - LHP Mitchell Miller
222 - C Dustin Skelton
238 - RHP Riley Self
288 - LHP Elliot Anderson
388 - OF Hagan Severance
429 - LHP Cole Whitman
477 - MIF/OF Will Brooks

I really think we will sign at least 8 more players. I would like to see 2 more RHP's and 6 position players. I also think we have to over sign each year because we will take a hit on the draft every year. This is bad for our team but good too, it means we are signing elite talent.

This year we kept 1 of our Top 100 players in RHP Parker Ford. Two others, LHP Ethan Small and C Elih Marrero were ranked in the Top 100 for a few months but were dropped into the low 100's prior to the draft. We had 6 but ended up with 4 by draft day.  Riley, Fenter and Pickett were Top 100 but they signed professional contracts.

As for the 2016 class, it looks like Alex Speas will be a high draft pick. He is a tall RHP that throws mid to upper 90's fastball. No one knows what will happen next June, so we will have to wait and see. The high riser is Mississippian Walker Robbins. He is an excellent defender at 1B and swings a mean bat. He is also a good pitcher. He is Mitch Moreland esque. Georgian Mitchell Miller also made a jump in the rankings. He is 6-5 LHP and did well at the PG National event.

Over the last few years, we have been bitten by the draft much more so on position players than pitchers. So we need to keep position players. These guys are the very good hitters and we need those at this point.

Keep it here on my blog for more recruiting info. Players will be committing over the next few months leading up to the November signing day.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thoughts on the 2016 SEC schedule

Only 1 word describes it: toughest.

It has to be the toughest in the SEC.  We play the usually tough West opponents plus the top 2 in the East. And by the way, those 2 were very close from playing for the National Championship against each other.

And we play both of them at their place, at Vanderbilt and at Florida.

LSU, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Florida made the Omaha field in 2015 and Texas A & M was very, very close to going to Omaha.

In 2016, I expect LSU, Vanderbilt, Florida and TAMU to be highly ranked by the time we play them. Missouri and Georgia have been struggling lately. OM, Alabama and Auburn are usually competitive with us.

I can't wait to see the other West teams schedule but I dare say no one will be playing the top 2 teams from the East away.

I can't wait to see how the non-conference schedule shapes up. I still hope we play Oregon at home and go to Los Angeles to play in the Dodgertown Classic against UCLA and USC both teams expected to be ranked in the top 15 in 2016.

2016 SEC Schedule full release (Update)

As noted from twitter, Bob Carskadon tweeted out the home SEC schedule.

We play at home: Georgia, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas A & M and Missouri. LSU has already released their entire 2016 schedule and we play them at Baton Rouge in late April. This puts us going to Auburn and Alabama next year also. So that makes 8 of 10 series known.

Since it is very doubtful we play the same team away in back to back years, this will eliminate Kentucky and Tennessee.

So my best guess is the final two AWAY series is either to the following 3 teams: Florida, South Carolina or Vanderbilt. We played Florida and South Carolina at home in 2015.

I would also bet this years Super Bulldog Weekend opponent will be Texas A & M. Just a guess.

UPDATE: The rest of the schedule was released and we do play Florida and Vanderbilt. This schedule date wise anyway is tentative.



March 25-27:   Georgia
April 1-3:   Ole Miss
April 15-17:   Texas A & M
May 6-8:   Missouri
May 19-21:   Arkansas


March 18-20:   Vanderbilt
April 8-10:   Florida
April 22-24:   LSU
April 29-M1:   Alabama
May 12-14:   Auburn

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2017 commit updates at PG National

Tyler Lasch - C - 2017 - Lake Forest, CA
Lasch showed solid defensive tools behind the plate throughout the weekend popping a 1.95 with a top throw of 75 mph down to second showing nice carry with projectable actions. A left-handed hitter, the Mississippi State commit showed nice strength and lift to his pull side with consistent feel for the barrel. 

Jack Owen - LHP - 2017 - Coto De Caza, CA
Jack Owen impressed during his time on the mound, pounding the strike zone with solid extension out front. Topping out at 85 mph, Owen showed a fast left arm while spotting his late fading changeup and solid 1-7 curveball with big depth throughout the zone. He showed solid actions in the outfield topping out at 91 mph with repeatable actions. 

Jacob Pearson - OF - 2017 - West Monroe, LA
Pearson is a strong and physically built outfielder who showed off high level athleticism. Running an impressive 6.58 60-yard dash, the Mississippi State commit is able to generate loud and hard line drive contact to all fields both during batting practice and while facing live pitching.