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Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by BobbyGator72, Jun 20, 2021.

  1. MatsideObserver

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    1B/DH Kris Armstrong | Cape Cod League | Falmouth Commodores
    Having arrived at the Cape Cod League at the onset of July, Armstrong has not accumulated as many at-bats as some of his Gators teammates. Even so, the Jupiter, Fla. native already popped two home runs in his first 22 at-bats, while also chipping in one double, four runs and four RBI. All told, Armstrong owns a .227/.227/.545 batting line, translating to a .772 on-base plus slugging.

    LHP Hunter Barco | USA Collegiate National Team
    Barco has only appeared in one game for the USA Collegiate National Team thus far, but he took advantage of the opportunity and then some. After striking out the first six batters he faced in a July 6 relief outing, Barco proceeded to cap off his day with eight total strikeouts across three shutout innings. He allowed just one hit and only two of the 10 batters he faced managed to put the ball in play.
     
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    C Wyatt Langford | Valley League | Charlottesville Tom Sox
    Langford is quite possibly enjoying the best summer of any Gators player, as evidenced by his 2021 Valley Baseball League All-Star selection. Through 27 games, Langford is slashing .341/.455/.505 with two home runs, two triples, five doubles, 17 runs, 16 RBI, 16 walks and six stolen bases. Langford is a major reason why Charlottesville currently boasts the best record in the VBL at 24-9.

    LHP Timmy Manning | Cape Cod League | Harwich Mariners
    Across two starts for Harwich, Manning totaled seven innings and allowed four earned runs on four hits. Manning's four strikeouts and zero walks paved the way to a pristine 1.14 WHIP.

    RHP Blake Purnell | Coastal Plains League | Peninsula Pilots
    Purnell has made two appearances this summer including one start for a total of 4.1 innings of work. The right-hander allowed five runs and struck out two batters.

    INF Josh Rivera | Cape Cod League | Chatham Anglers
    From July 4 to July 11, Rivera enjoyed a six-game hitting streak during which he batted .471 (8-for-17) with two doubles, four runs, three walks and one RBI. The Florida shortstop enters Thursday with hits in seven of his last eight games. Through 20 total games with Chatham, Rivera has racked up 59 at bats and is slashing .237/.308/.271.
     
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    RHP Brandon Sproat | USA Collegiate National Team
    In his most-recent start on July 13, Sproat fired three shutout innings to earn the victory. He allowed just three hits and struck out four, effectively lowering his ERA to 3.00 across six frames. Sproat has now struck out four batters apiece in two separate three-inning starts, the first of which preceded Barco's eight-strikeout relief performance on July 6.

    OF Tucker Talbott | Florida Collegiate Summer League | Seminole County Snappers
    Talbott represents another Gator who only got his summer season started at the beginning of July, as he has only registered 21 at-bats with Seminole Country to this point. The Florida outfielder is making good use of his time with the squad, however, bringing in the game-winning run on July 9 and delivering a walk-off fielder's choice on July 12. Through seven games, Talbott has four hits, one double and one walk.

    OF Sterlin Thompson | Florida Collegiate Summer League | Winter Park Diamond Dawgs
    As a 2021 FSCL All-Star, Thompson wields an active five-game hitting streak and has collected hits in seven of his last eight games. Overall, Thompson is batting a robust .394/.412/.576 with two home runs, nine RBI, seven runs, one walk and three stolen bases. Thompson only has three strikeouts to his name in 34 plate appearances, translating to a miniscule 8.8 strikeout percentage.


    SOURCE OF THESE SUMMARIES:
    Thursday, July 15, 2021
    Gators Summer Baseball Update: July 15
    Sullivan Bortner
     
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    Another solid effort by Sproat and he was pitching against the US Olympic team.
    3 innings of no hit baseball with 3 walks, 1 strikeout and no runs allowed.

    Strangely it doesn't appear that Barco has thrown again after his outstanding outing a couple of weeks ago.
     
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    Sproat simply needs to reduce his walks and he could become a dominant pitcher.
     
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    Both Rivera and Sproat have the tools. 2 years (really 1.3) into their Gator careers, the numbers don’t show it but both have significant MLB potential.
     
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    I think Sproat will be a weekend starter next year and has the potential to be a really good one.
     
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    Agreed—IF he can command/control his pitches so that he can attack hitters with his whole repertoire he can be really special.

    Everyone associated with pitching knows that the game is one helluva lot easier in 0-1/0-2/and 1-2 counts rather than 1-0/2-0/2-1/3-0/and 3-1 counts.

    Looking forward to seeing Barco, Sproat, and a few surprises this upcoming season.
     
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    I always liked the 2-2 count. If you had command of at least two pitches it was an out pitch. The batter doesn't know for sure what is coming. You might even throw a third or fourth pitch that you were struggling with to sow doubt in the batter's mind and you just might throw a really good one for a backwards K. Then you gain confidence.

    0-2 counts are almost always a waste pitch and the hitters know it. I think that you sometimes had to go right after the hitter to keep them honest in that count. I like pitchers that nibble at a particular hitter's weakness 0-2 and not just showing off a fastball well out of the zone.
     
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    Learn more about the ‘Dores: First baseman Kris Armstrong
    Kris Armstrong has made an impact on the Commodores’ lineup from the time he arrived on the Cape. The first baseman has been raking through his first 12 games, posting a .268 batting average and going yard four times. He has also driven in nine runs during his time with Falmouth
     
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    His average has improved quite a bit from the post above. T’would be awesome to have a big bopper with a high average in the middle of the Gator lineup. I’m foursquare behind this.
     
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