The Gamecocks took the field at Founders Park once more on Monday afternoon to wrap up the opening weekend of scrimmages.
RHP Andrew Peters and RHP Trey Tujetsch got the ball to start the game, each getting two innings of work a piece.
This was my first time getting to see Peters in action, as he missed the fall recovering from Tommy John surgery.
You could definitely see why the coaches are so excited about him, as he sate low 90’s with his fastball with a sharp sliders and good changeup as well.
He’s a kid who has a really live arm and will sit mid 90’s once the weather warms up and he gets back into true pitching shape.
Tujestch is a guy who continues to just fill the zone and get the job done.
Coming off of a solid fall, he picked up where he left off, featuring a heavy fastball and really sharp curveball that he’s not afraid to throw in any count.
A pair of lefties toed the rubber next for the Gamecocks in LHP Josiah Sightler and LHP Will McGregor.
Honestly, I was disappointed with both guys performances.
McGregor is a guy who has some potential but needs to be a lot more consistent in his delivery. He has a tendency to drag his arm, which makes it very difficult to throw strikes on a consistent basis.
Sightler is a guy who’s still trying to learn how to pitch. USC hitters weren’t kind to him, as they tagged him for four runs in his first inning of work alone.
He has to learn to not live in the middle of the zone if he’s going to see any action on the mound this season.
What I thought was interesting was who closed out the scrimmage: RHP Cam Tringali and RHP Danny Lloyd.
Both guys worked an inning each after throwing previously on Saturday as well.
It appears both guys will be looking to fill roles in the back of the bullpen, as evidence by Kingston seemingly wanting to get both guys used to throwing multiple times in a weekend.
Tringali was pretty consistent with what we normally see from him: a guy who battles and fills up the zone.
He was put in some pretty tough situations today but faired well and most likely the Gamecocks set up man in my mind.
Lloyd looked like the guy I saw all fall, featuring a lively fastball mixed with a devastating slider.
He worked an easy 1-2-3 inning and is the lead candidate to be South Carolina’s closer in my opinion.
At the plate, Jeff Heinrich really impressed me today. He finished with two hard hit singles and is a guy that will definitely be pushing for a starting role in the infield.
Brennan Milone had a great day at the plate, banging two doubles in today’s scrimmage.
Milone is a kid who looks really comfortable at the plate and someone who I could see being an All-SEC caliber third baseman.
It was great to see Noah Campbell have a good day, as he finished with a pair of RBI, including a really nice situational at bat in which the infield was in and he was able to score the runner from third with less than two outs.
Those productive at bats is what separates the average players from the great player and is something I’m hoping we see a lot more of from him.
Overall, the Gamecocks had a successful opening weekend of scrimmages in my mind and this starting lineup is slowly but surely coming together.