The Gamecocks scrimmaged for five innings Monday afternoon. Pitchers faced five hitters each half inning.
RHP Carmen Mlodzinski and RHP Cam Tringali got the start for each respective team.
The scouts were out at Founders Park Monday afternoon to watch Mlodzinski take the bump and he did not disappoint.
Carmen looked as good as I’ve seen him, sitting mid 90’s with the fastball while featuring a disgusting change-up in the low 80’s and a devastating breaking ball.
His arm action was phenomenal on the change-up especially, fooling USC hitters time and time again.
Pretty easy to see why RHP Carmen Mlodzinski is considered the #Gamecocks ace heading into the 2020 season.— The Spurs Up Show (@TheSpursUpShow) October 7, 2019
Fastball sitting mid 90s, changeup around 81-82 MPH and a nasty breaking ball to go with it.
Nobody on this staff has the kind of stuff he does. pic.twitter.com/aJxMvJ9d4I
Simply put, there’s nobody else on USC’s staff who has the type of stuff he does and he will be slotted as the Gamecocks ace come Opening Day this spring.
Cam Tringali held his own as well, mixing speeds well and keeping USC hitters off balance.
He had a clean first inning before running into a bit of trouble in the second. His biggest priority is filling the zone and staying down.
The biggest thing that continues to stand out to me when speaking of Tringali is his mound presence. He looks to have a ton of confidence coming off a solid 2019 season.
RHP Parker Coyne toed the rubber for the Gamecocks as well.
Like many of South Carolina’s pitchers, the change-up is the great equalizer for him.
He needs to continue to work on staying down in the zone, as he’s not good enough to miss up.
LHP Will McGregor looked solid on Monday afternoon. If he can throw strikes consistently, the stuff is there to be a very nice addition to this USC staff.
The last of the pitchers to take the mound was LHP Josiah Sightler.
Sightler continues to develop on the mound, as he tries to find a role on this Gamecocks team.
His biggest issue is his lack of a breaking ball. His change-up does have potential, as he was able to keep a few hitters off balance.
Still, Sightler is extremely raw on the mound and needs to continue to learn how to “pitch” if he wants to see any action there this spring.
One guy that has really impressed me thus far is Noah Myers.
He continues to put together great at bats and always seems to hit the baseball hard.
I feel like both pitchers and hitters are starting to get more comfortable as we make our way through the fall.
I like what I saw in regards to the approaches from both pitchers and hitter and there is a lot of good competition happening right now.
Bryant Bowen hit the sole homer of the day, a blast over the left field fence off of RHP Parker Coyne.
I fully expect Bowen and Dallas Beaver to be right in the middle of the Gamecocks lineup and provide the power surge we’re accustomed to seeing.
One guy who has seemed to improve vastly over the last few weeks is INF Jonah Beamon.
Beamon had some really good at bats and made some nice plays in the field as well. Expect to see him used often this season as a utility man and/or late inning replacement.