Carolina baseball scrimmaged Saturday on a cold and foggy day at Founders Park.
It was a day dominated by pitching, as USC hitters only forced three runs across on the day.
Similar to last weekend, RHP Carmen Mlodzinski and RHP Brett Kerry were the first two arms who took the bump for the Gamecocks.
Carmen looked as good as always, featuring his low to mid 90s fastball, nasty breaker, devastating change-up and improving cutter.
The cutter and changeup were the pitches that really stood out to me for Carmen.
The addition of the cutter has added a whole dynamic to his arsenal that I think can really make him into an elite SEC starter and first round MLB Draft pick.
Kerry continues to throw the ball well. After running into some trouble in the first, he settled down and finished with back to back scoreless innings.
Brett may be the most consistent pitcher I’ve seen. Outing after outing he fills the zone and attacks hitters.
For both guys, I would simply say pounding the strike zone should be their number one focus. Their stuff is good enough to beat any given day.
RHP Danny Lloyd, LHP RJ Dantin, RHP Graham Lawson and RHP Parker Coyne all rounded out the scrimmage on the mound.
Lloyd looks to be close to solidyfing the closer role, as he continues to make hitters look foolish with his mid 90s fastball and wipeout slider.
Graham Lawson is arguably the most intriguing guy on this Gamecocks pitching staff.
He has looked brilliant in two appearances in the spring, featuring a lively fastball in the mid 90s and good breaking pitches.
I’ll be very curious to see how the staff uses him, as I think he could be a major asset in the back end of the bullpen.
RJ Dantin looked like a guy who could challenge for the Sunday rotation spot.
At 88-89 MPH, he’s not a guy who will overpower you. However, he knows how to pitch and commands the zone well.
Parker Coyne continues to impress and is a guy who should battle for a lot of innings this spring. He’s another guy I would label as really consistent and always filling the zone.
INF Braylen Wimmer is going to be a guy who’s hard to keep off the field this season. Wimmer showed off the glove, making a phenomenal diving play in the first inning.
He’ll make freshman mistakes surely, but is someone who should be productive for USC off the bench.
George Callil came through in the first with a really nice at bat against Brett Kerry, fisting a ball into center field for a two RBI single.
Callil is a guy who needs to step up and be a leader for this team now with a year already under his belt.
Brennan Milone and Brady Allen both had impressive home-runs on Saturday afternoon, Milone’s going into the visiting bullpen while Allen’s found the Carolina bullpen.
I still expect power to be a big part of this team’s DNA and those two guys to be a leading force in it.
Two guys who continue to put together really good at bats are Jeff Heinrich and Bryant Bowen.
Heinrich seems to scorch the ball every time he’s at the plate. Meanwhile, Bowen has that intimidation factor and is always a tough out.
The Gamecocks will scrimmage again tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 PM at Founders Park.