Beautiful weather set the stage for Monday’s scrimmage as the Gamecocks continue to work leading up to Opening Day.
Offense once again dominated today’s scrimmage, with 17 runs and 14 hits total between the two squads.
The long ball was alive and well once again Monday as Brady Allen, Wes Clarke and Andrew Eyster all went deep.
Wes Clarke sends a ball DEEP to right field for a solo shot.— The Spurs Up Show (@TheSpursUpShow) February 3, 2020
Check out the numbers on this baby: pic.twitter.com/KTYJUcJBxq
Ester’s and Allen’s were especially impressive, both of which went off the batters eye in dead center field.
Not to be outdone, Andrew Eyster hits a LASER off the batters eye for another solo homer.— The Spurs Up Show (@TheSpursUpShow) February 3, 2020
That thing got out in a hurry. pic.twitter.com/lrHswgrfFJ
It’s a power display at Founders Park.— The Spurs Up Show (@TheSpursUpShow) February 3, 2020
Brady Allen tattoos a ball off the batters eye as well for a three-run homer. pic.twitter.com/XynArsDIO2
Brennan Milone continues to have an impressive spring, as he had a triple in the game that brought in two Carolina runners.
He truly has the look of a guy that’s going to be a big time SEC ballplayer.
Collin Burgess had a really nice day at the plate, with a RBI single and RBI double to his credit.
While I think the starting catcher spot has been all but locked up by Dallas Beaver, Burgess is a nice young player who could be a bright spot for USC down the road.
Jeff Heinrich continues to put together great at bats, recording a double in Monday’s scrimmage.
Braylen Wimmer is someone I expect to get a lot of shots at playing time early this season especially.
Wimmer has seemed to improve each day out and swings the bat nicely for a middle infielder.
Defensively, it was a less than stellar scrimmage and left a lot to be desired from Mark Kingston and staff.
There was a lot of sloppiness in a few different situations Monday afternoon that I know will get addressed ASAP.
While it was a bit of a rough day for USC pitchers, there were some positive signs from a few of the guys that threw.
RHP Andrew Peters is a guy who has a lot of potential to be a big time arm for South Carolina.
The stuff is there and he comes off as a true “athlete” on the mound. His biggest issue, however, is his mound presence and emotions.
I heard Skylar Meede on more than one occasion Monday yell to Peters about his body language. If he can control that, he can be a big arm for this team.
RHP Trey Tujetsch started opposite of Peters and showed some positive signs.
His biggest focus needs to be throwing strikes and working down in the zone. He was hurt most when he left his pitches up.
He features a live fastball in the low 90s and a nice breaking ball that is extremely effected when located down.
Two lefties threw as well in LHP Julian Bosnic and LHP Will McGregor.
Both guys are very similar in the fact that, while they don’t throw hard enough to blow it by anyone, there is a lot of pitchability there.
RHP Graham Lawson continues to impress me and is making the decision on where to place him very tough on this coaching staff.
Lawson was back up to 95 MPH on the radar gun with a devastating slider clocking in at 82 MPH.
I definitely think Lawson makes a return to the back end of the bullpen and could serve as a really nice set up guy for this team.
RHP Parker Coyne closed out the scrimmage and was very consistent with what we’ve seen from him this spring.
Coyne’s stuff looks even better than it did a year ago. He’s a guy who fills the zone and commands his pitches very well.
One last weekend of scrimmages before it’s finally game week.