The Gamecocks wrapped up pre-season practice on a beautiful day at Founders Park.
Last scrimmage of the spring. Five days until Opening Day.— The Spurs Up Show (@TheSpursUpShow) February 9, 2020
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Pitchers dominated the day, as USC hitters pushed across two runs across Sunday afternoon.
LHP Josiah Sightler and RHP Andrew Peters got the starts for their respective squads, both showing signs of promise.
Sightler had one of his better outings of the spring. HIs change-up is a plus pitch when it’s located.
His biggest issue continues to be throwing strikes consistently. At this point, I see him being a one or two hitter lefty specialist.
Peters is a guy who I really expect to be a big piece for this USC rotation at some point.
His breaking ball is very sharp and he has a lot of natural cut on his fastball, which makes it very difficult for hitters to make solid contact.
RHP Trey Tujetsch looked good Sunday, filling the zone and mixing speeds effectively.
He should be a really nice bullpen option for the Gamecocks in the midweek.
LHP Julian Bosnic and RHP Graham Lawson closed out the scrimmage.
Bosnic has a big looping breaking ball and throws a ton of strikes. I expect him to be another solid bullpen specialist for this team.
Lawson has solidified a role at the back of the bullpen in my mind. His fastball was up at 95 MPH and his breaking stuff is as good as anyone’s on this staff.
His biggest focus will be throwing strikes and locating the offspeed stuff consistently.
At the plate, Noah Campbell had three hits on the day and arguably his best day of the spring.
Campbell is a guy who I’ve stressed needs to get off to a quick start in 2020. It was great to see him close up scrimmages with a big day and hopefully it’s something that will carry over into opening weekend.
Braylen Wimmer had a solid day overall and continues to get better each time out.
Wimmer is a guy who I think could definitely help this team in some capacity. In the field, he’s gotta be more consistent making the routine play.
However, he’s a guy who is solid at the plate and has flashed the leather on more than one occasion this fall and spring.
For whatever reason, we didn’t see George Callil at all today. We’ll have to see what Mark Kingston says about his status.
It was a such a great sight to see the Gamecocks execute on the hit and run Sunday.
South Carolina put it in play more than once, executing beautifully each time.
The overall approaches of our hitters look much better going into this season versus last year, where I think we lived and died by the homer way too much.
Noah Myers, Brennan Milone and Wes Clarke were a few other guys who had solid days and should find themselves in the starting lineup on Friday.
Overall, a great day at the park and we can finally say…IT’S GAME WEEK!
P.S. In the fan promotion held at Founders Park…nobody hit a home run. Shocker, I know.