South Carolina scrimmaged for six innings Friday afternoon at Founders Park.
After a pitching dominated scrimmage earlier in the week, the Gamecock bats came alive on a hot October afternoon.
Six different pitchers took the mound for the Gamecocks, with RHP TJ Shook and RHP Brannon Jordan starting the game.
Shook looked solid overall but needs to continue to work on pounding the strike zone more consistently. Similar to last year, Shook goes into spurts where he completely loses control.
His breaking ball is a real strike out pitch when located down in the zone and he’s a guy who should compete for a weekend rotation spot for USC.
Jordan showed me a nice, repeatable delivery while having good downward angle on his pitches. He features a live fastball and good changeup that will keep hitters off balance.
RHP Daniel Lloyd was the star of Friday’s scrimmage in my eyes. Lloyd looked as sharp as I’ve ever seen him, featuring a fastball in the low to mid 90’s with a wicked slider.
He looks to have put on really good weight over the off-season. While he needs to continue to develop the consistency of his off speed stuff, when it’s on, he’s nearly unhittable.
LHP Dylan Harley took the mound on Friday and looks to be overall improved as a complete pitcher. He looked much more comfortable on the mound and was around the zone more consistently than what we saw a year ago.
He still has a tendency to overthrow, as shown by some errant change-ups missing the zone. That’s something I fully expect pitching coach Skylar Meade to be working on all fall.
LHP RJ Dantin has a fastball that gets on you much quicker than you would expect. As a young freshman, his biggest area of focus will be working on being consistent in the zone and picking up his tempo on the mound.
This was something Skylar Meade harped on during the fall scrimmage and should be something he learns with more experience.
RHP Trey Tujetsch looks very polished for a true freshman.
The youngster out of Charlotte, NC had great downward angle on his pitches while featuring a good fastball paired with a nice over the top breaking ball as well.
While he was a little erratic late in his outing, this should be a guy who sees significant innings for the Gamecocks during the mid-week.
Moving to the position players, one thing that really surprised me was seeing Noah Campbell getting significant work at first base.
Coach Kingston was seen on multiple occasions “coaching him up” at first and it appears USC is doing everything it can to truly find out who its best starting nine are.
Speaking of Campbell, I saw encouraging signs from him at the plate. While they were both outs, Campbell showed some impressive power from both the right and left side of the plate.
INF Brennan Milone showed a plus arm from third base, making a really nice throw across the diamond to first base for the out.
C Colin Burgess is a guy who continues to really impress me.
The freshman out of Lexington isn’t a physically imposing guy, but plays the game the right way. He had a nice rip off of Daniel Lloyd, showing his quick hands and solid approach.
He also has a plus arm behind the plate and should battle for a playing time at the catcher spot that will include names such as Bryant Bowen, Wes Clarke and Dallas Beaver.
Speaking of Wes Clarke, the sophomore looks very comfortable at the plate. I’ve been impressed with how relaxed and professional his approach to the game is.
Two guys who have plus speed and should help South Carolina on the base paths this year are infielders Noah Myers and Braylen Wimmer.
Both guys have shown really good instincts on the base paths and could cause real problems for SEC catchers this spring.
Finally, Noah Myers showed off his power, launching a ball over the right field fence for the only homer of the day.
A guy with his mixture of speed and power should find his way into a USC lineup looking for both heading into the 2020 season.