I think this is the most talented team John Cohen will have have in his tenure. I am talking about 1-42, not the guys starting but as a whole, this is his most talented team. We still have lots of question marks but I think this team has great potential. Like, going to Omaha potential. The outfield is very talented and deep. The infield seems very solid with the addition of JC players. The catching position is solid. What the team needs that it had last year is "swing and miss" pitching guys. Jacob Lindgren is gone and so is Jonathan Holder. If you can find pitchers that can strike someone out in critical situations, then we are in business.
I think the combo of the new lower seam baseball and the addition and maturation of hitters will mean we will score more runs in 2015. Young hitters like Gavin Collins, Reid Humphreys, Brent Rooker, Joey Swinarski need to have a good year. I think they will.
The starting pitching will be the deepest in the John Cohen era. We have 7 potential starters right now for the 3 weekend spots. And this is my opinion before fall ball starts. Usually someone will step up during fall, so there may be more!
And judging by the national writers, they don't expect MsState to go to Omaha in 2015. That is a mistake but its good in the fact that we will be underdogs. We excel at being an underdog.
Cohen and staff keep stockpiling this talent and it will take us where we want to go. SEC and NCAA championships.
Fall ball is obviously very important. It shows the coaches what the young players can do. They need to see John Holland in action. Where does he play? They need to see the 6 OF's play and figure out what rotation they have. They need to see who will step up in the pitching staff, primarily in the bullpen. We need to find a closer.