Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by Gatorgal04, Jun 29, 2018.
You say that like I know what it means.
Hey @gatorjjh so how weird does it feel knowing the only infielder coming back with much experience is Reese? I know how much we have discussed Bell but do you think Reese is ready to step up and be the leader for our infield? I know, I know ..... Trust in Sully, Trust in Sully and don't forget the Kool-Aid. LOL
You guys have seen far more games than I but it sure seems weird how much new growth needs to happen for this team next year. Happy 4th my friend!
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still no word from either guy in the know, Reese and the whole infield will be a question mark until we get to the SEC schedule but while he had a number of hiccups when Sully sat him down he came back in the field and also hit better, got to wonder what the come to Jesus meeting with Sully sounded like I have much lower expectations at this pint than i did a year ago but as always I am optimistic given the skill of our coaches both in recruiting talent and getting the most out of the kids.
Happy 4th to you and yours
To me the infield is primarily based on McConnell playing to expectations. His lack of experience this year really hurts. From a hitting standpoint, he really hasn't faced college pitching at all. In that regard, he is still sort of a freshman.
If McConnell doesn't play to his scouting report, UF is going to need someone else to step up and I don't have a good idea who that might be.
Bell had a bad SR year in HS and then played little as a FR. He got plenty of chances this season but only managed to hit .224. I wish he would have come back but he does have some serious holes in his bat and I think Sully will find someone to give us better production at 1B next year.
I agree with u but I hate losing experienced players. U can’t deny the def skills
Great to bring up the 3 TJ guys plus one other thought along those lines. Ruth was projected to be a first rounder (along with McConnell) before injury, sitting mid 90s with + slider, at 17. Nick Blasucci reportedly also throws mid 90s and should be back around January (one year from having surgery). "IF" they both get back 100%, they will push Mace and Leftwich for the weekend spots that are assumed to be theirs. Milchin reportedly having tough time throwing like he did pre-surgery, but is mashing at the plate. Maldonado struggling with throws after rotator cuff surgery last fall with that (and Wil Dalton) being the two-part reason we didn't see him in the OF. That will create a hole next year, if he has to stay at DH.
Given the thread title here are two updates:
(FR) RHP Connor Churchill (8.3 ERA in 4.1 IP) reportedly headed to Santa Fe College. Just never got it going at UF. In high school he was a remarkable 8-0 with a 0.39 ERA and 82Ks in 53 innings as a senior.
(Soph) RHP Nick Long (4.50 ERA in 6 IP) also seeking greener pastures.
Brings the roster from 37 down to the max 35.
Is Milchin looking more and more like a 1st baseman? I know its too early to tell but...off season is the time for speculation.
Sad to see K Bell hanging them up. He was very good defensively at 1B and while he didn't hit for a high average he did show some "pop" in his bat. He was far from an empty place in the batting order.
Milchin might be a candidate for 1b?
It would be very interesting to know how McConnel is coming along defensively.
He could swing the bat well..
No doubt. And like I said, I wish he was returning but we need more production offensively at 1B than Bell has shown he can provide. It will be interesting to see what happens.
has there been any statement regarding Bell's status? if so I missed it
Seems to me we go into fall with only Langworthy, Dalton and Reese solid starters in the field. Should make for some good competition.
Nick Blasucci reportedly also throws mid 90s and should be back around January (one year from having surgery). [/QUOTE]
What happened to Blasucci?
How do the new players work into 2019?
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3:58 PM - 6 Jul 2018
Strange baseball rules question for the panel. So new freshman Kris Armstrong who can pitch with either arm, if he were to change pitching arms between each batter is he allowed someone to bring him a different glove with every batter change? In other words does a trainer or equipment person some how constitute a mound visit to change gloves whenever needed?
I get it that a pitcher has to ward up his arm and changing back and forth is unlikely.
There is a pitcher in the MLB that throws with both arms--he started his career with NNY and was traded to Oakland--the video I've seen of him he has a glove made to use with either hand--
Good job 74. I recall a little bit about that guy now that you mention it. Its a very unique glove to say the least. Looks like something a first baseman would dream about.