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Is it to early to talk about next season?

Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by dadx4, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. dadx4

    dadx4 GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    Gainesville, Fl
    Sorry but for me I was frustrated with the pitching. I get it, we are super young. I knew we would struggle this year but not like this. Any who what are you guys thinking about how we look for next season? I am hoping for improvement on the mound and hopefully host a regional. I will tip my hat for the hitters bringing in 28 runs this weekend.
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  2. cecil

    cecil Premium Member

    May 31, 2007
    me, thinking about next year too.
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  3. number1

    number1 GC Hall of Fame

    Oct 9, 2011
    Would be great if we could bottle up the offensive performance and save it for next year to go along with improved pitching. Lol
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  4. gtj31

    gtj31 GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    London, United Kingdom
    Need to wait for the draft imo.

    - Nelly, Reese gone

    - Dyson, McConnell are gone

    - Dalton gone unless he just loves school. Might be able to make a bit coming back but all-in-all, he probably should start his pro career.

    - Langworthy

    Then add the incoming freshmen. Plus who transfers out.
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    WESGATORS Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Southwest flights can open up as early as late November to early December for June 2020.

    Go GATORS!
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  6. gtr2x

    gtr2x GC Hall of Fame

    Aug 21, 2007
    I would expect to see several new faces in key positions.
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  7. gatorbogey

    gatorbogey Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    s. e. florida
    Need better catching.
    Better fielding at SS ( gonna miss his bat).
    CF is set, just need Jud to get better at the plate - for the whole season. (Some injuries may have dogged him) .
    Pitching development is going to be critical.
    Need some variety, IMO....maybe get one or 2 to drop down.
    Need more lefties, too, on staff.

    What were our final #’s. (Batting, fielding, pitching)
    How did conference play differ from early season?

    These numbers can be used as the measuring stick to gauge improvement over next season.
  8. tegator80

    tegator80 GC Hall of Fame

    May 29, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    Yes, it is too early. I think we should spend the remaining month of June with the taste of dog poo in our mouths. That way we will be ecstatic when it gets filled with filet mignon in the next year or two.

    Or we could try to feel good about our program.
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  9. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl


    As has been mentioned by a few well known posters here, I think the exit interviews that are imminent will be quite telling for next year’s Gator baseball team—
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  10. DoubleDown11

    DoubleDown11 GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 12, 2007
    Calilao, Young, Fabian, and Acton are all going to be players.

    If your big problem is that the pitching needs to be sorted out and you have Kevin O'Sullivan responsible for that, you're going to be fine.
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  11. apkgator

    apkgator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    I actually hope Sully can temper things a little.....there just feel like so much potential I hope we don't chase too may guys and start over. Heck, wouldn't have minded keeping a guy like Hines who we saw yesterday, lefty throwing a ton of junk but ate some crucial innings and changed things up. A kid like Andrew Baker could have helped this year..
    I look at position players too...hope a kid like Pena hangs around.

    Lot of questions. Ruth, Hunter Mc, Milchin. How does Armstrong fit moving forward. Do the backup catchers have a future?
    Will be very interesting....starting with draft slots tonight
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  12. missourigator

    missourigator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 13, 2007
    Texas Teach held DBU to 2 runs in two games. We held DBU to 20 runs in two games. Enough said. But a lot of SEC teams had freshman starters. So there is hope!
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  13. mkmoney

    mkmoney Freshman

    Jan 18, 2019
    Sully's usual pitching formula is to have 4-5 experienced arms eat up all the crucial innings and bring the freshman along slowly and put them in spots to succeed to build confidence so by the end of the season they are ready to be the next big thing.

    This plan got blown up because Dyson, Mace, Leftwich, and Butler all regressed. Instead many of the freshman were thrown to the wolves and behaved exactly how freshman behave under pressure.

    You saw it yesterday vs DBU. Pogue is cruising and he makes an 0-2 mistake pitch which leaves the yard. Next thing, he can't get anyone out. Crisp comes in and gets squeezed by the ump on two nice pitches right on the knees. Last year Singer gets those calls and it's a punch out. Instead the ump doesn't give them to the freshman and he walks the batter. Now Crisp's confidence is shot and he can't pitch strikes.

    The talent is there, I just hope Sully can rebuild the confidence and reshape the young arms. If Sully can't do it, no one can.
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  14. shane4three

    shane4three GC Hall of Fame

    Dec 24, 2014
    Baker and Hines completely change this team. I’m with you on hoping not a lot of kids transfer. I think we lose good kids that way sometimes.
  15. apkgator

    apkgator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    Agree. It's a tough dynamic. Kids want to play, and coach needs to make room for new roster guys....but too much turnover can really bite you. Plenty of times where guys like a Jeremy Vasquez, John Sternagel, Logan Browning could have been a productive upperclassman had they stayed.
    But who do we not get if those kids stay. That's the wild card
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  16. stingbb

    stingbb Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    I agree with APK and would be very surprised to see a lot more kids leave than normal. But for some kids, it may be better off for them to transfer. I believe in Logan Browning’s case, for example, he wanted to both pitch and hit at UF. We could have used his LH arm but not sure he was good enough to be an everyday player at UF. He went to Florida Southern where he could do both and had a nice career. Another example is Keenan Bell who when he transferred to Tampa upset a lot of posters. But Bell fizzled out at Tampa and I believe has quit baseball.

    Every situation is different but by and large, transfers tend to work out for both the player and the school he is leaving.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2019
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  17. apkgator

    apkgator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    Yep...Sternagel wanted to be a SS, wasn't happening at UF. Has a super career at Fl Tech. Browning was great as a pitcher and RF/DH at Southern, never would have happened at UF. Coaches have a lot of challenges when assembling a roster, and that's not even factoring in the draft equation.
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  18. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker VIP Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Young played out of position this year. I expect he will be in the outfield next year.
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  19. apkgator

    apkgator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    Two thoughts.....he could take a zillion ground balls and become a 2b, or he moves back to OF. But what if Lang and Dalton return?
  20. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl

    I understand the zillion ground balls but that throwing motion is just not gonna change—not very conducive for DP’s IMHO—
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