Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by BobbyGator72, May 8, 2020.
Anyone on staff that we could “drop down” - become another Connor Falkenberg or O’Day?
That’s not something that traditionally you set out to do as a coach. Normally when this move is made is after it has become apparent that the pitcher’s current or normal arm slot has proved itself as ineffective.
In DOD’s for instance he came to UF throwing out of the more traditional low 3/4’s arm slot. After some time and struggle Coach Mac talked with Darren about the change and then it was implemented.
Saw Aleman on the Cape last year. He has a chance to be really special.
I saw him pitch once this year at St Johns River State College, he looked really good.
Does Tommy Boss still help with the pitchers for Ross Jones @ St. John’s or has he moved on?
Tommy Boss is the pitching coach at UNF. Looks like 2018 was his first year there
Brady Smith is gone so dont have to try and find a spot for him now
Yep, he has signed a free agent contract with the Texas Rangers apparently.
Good for Brady.
I always liked Brady and while he would have helped next years team, I think we have infield depth coming in with the new freshman. As they say only so many AB's to go around
UF had too many bodies for the available ABs this year. Next year looks to be every bit as log jammed. Then look at the mound! Everyone gets a batter!!
Kinda reminds me of HS football—we had 22 guys on our team—so we could practice during the week. Y’all do remember “iron man football,” right?
We’d line up against Valdosta HS (They would dress out 65 for a home game). They didn’t send in a receiver with a play—they just changed out offensive units.....Ch!t, we played against clean uniforms ALL NIGHT!
Darrens story is actually cooler than that. He tried to walk on as a freshman, pitching with a normal arm slot. Pitched upper 80’s touching 90. Many of us felt he pitched well enough to make the squad, but nonetheless was cut very late in the process.
He’s very smart and was pre med if I remember correctly. His bother was an assistant trainer with the UAA, so he still had connections with the team. He played “beer league” baseball sometime between freshman and sophomore tryouts and decided to drop down his arm slot on his own. Showed up to tryouts, mid 80’s + with all sorts of movement, and made the squad immediately. Within a month or two, he was our closer.
Thanks for the clarification, I knew it was a pretty neat story and the change occurred after he was on campus.
I think it worked out for him!!! He has been one of the better Gator MLB players we have ever had. At least one All-Star game that I recall.
Arm side motion on the two seamer (and with a tweak of the finger motion some sink as well) versus a yellow hammer curve ball. Pick one.
With Langworthy signing it should be quite a battle for the LF position. I think we could legitimately have five or six players that might get a look. Would we look at putting Kirby in the outfield to open up an infield spot for one of the freshman, do we try one of the freshman infielders in that spot, maybe Calilao to open up first for Butler or Armstrong. Does Brock Edge get his chance. i hope we have fall baseball this year because I can imagine the battles will be intense. I hope we can carry over the fire from this years team.
Coby Halter, incoming frosh, is like an outfielder. He has the speed.
We are looking to have a DEEP pitching staff. Both starters and relievers
Something which bodes well when you get to Omaha.