Similar to Saturday, Gamecocks baseball took the field Sunday afternoon for a six inning scrimmage at Founders Park.
Overall, the team looked a little sloppy today and there are definitely some things Kingston and staff will continue to clean up before first pitch in 19 days.
RHP Thomas Farr and RHP Brannon Jordan got the start for each of their respective squads.
It was the first time I’ve seen Farr throw and I left impressed. His stuff is good, sitting 93-94 MPH with the fastball with really sharp curveball and good changeup.
He has really good downward angle and has a very simple delivery, which makes him consistent.
Brannon Jordan had an okay day on the mound and continues to look like a guy who will battle for time as a starter.
RHP Parker Coyne had a lot of life on his pitches today and did a very nice job getting ahead in the count and attacking hitters.
Coyne is a guy who should be able to use last year’s experience to his advantage and give USC some quality innings this season.
RHP TJ Shook looked solid Sunday afternoon. His biggest problem was his breaking ball, which was very hit or miss in regards to location.
I fully expect him to get a better feel for the off-speed stuff as we go throughout spring scrimmages and get closer to Opening Day.
LHP Julian Bosnic closed out the scrimmage and it was the first time I’ve got to watch him throw in garnet and black.
Bosnic is your typical crafty lefty and could be a guy South Carolina uses in situational scenarios this season.
At the plate, there was a lot to be encouraged about.
Jeff Heinrich and George Callil both had multiple hits on the day. I was really impressed with both guys in regards to their approach and willingness to jump on mistakes early in the count.
Wes Clarke continues to impress me. His approach at the plate is so much better than a year ago and he always seems to hit the baseball hard.
Bryant Bowen had another solid day at the plate and is a guy I fully expect to be a big bat in the middle of this year’s lineup.
I can’t stress how excited I am to watch Noah Myers this year. He’s like that gnat in your face that just won’t go away, being a nightmare for opponents.
He makes every at bat tough and is an absolute speed demon on the base paths. He also plays a really nice defensive center field, showing off the glove more than once Sunday afternoon.
As a team, I thought the Gamecocks did a beautiful job running the bases, always staying aware and taking the extra base in a few key situations.
Overall, another solid day at the park that will give Mark Kingston and his staff plenty to teach on as we move forward.