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JMU Baseball - JMU83 - 01-16-2017 03:15 PM

We had an awesome year in football and some of the other threads related to football are rehashing some old stuff.
Time to turn my attention to baseball/softball. I already know a bit about our softball team but haven't followed baseball in several years.
1-Do we have any players who might get drafted in a high round?
2-Do we have any batters who just need a little more time but have a sweet swing? Any that can go yard consistently?
3-Any pitchers bringing the heat? If so, are starting pitchers named prior to a weekend series?
4-Any freshman who will be impact players?


RE: JMU Baseball - jmutoml757 - 01-17-2017 02:09 PM

I would think that having 14 or so true freshman would make us an "inexperienced" or young team. But I also think that the freshmen coming in under Ikenberry will be solid and even an upgrade from previous recruiting classes (not meaning to disparage our other players). I enjoy watching McPherson play; I don't know what kind of pro prospect he is though. Also, there are several CC players on this year's roster that I have never seen play


RE: JMU Baseball - AssyrianDuke - 01-17-2017 02:29 PM

I feel like there is a different type of excitement (for me at least) going into the baseball season. It's a chance to see some of the Dukes that will hopefully star for us for the next 4 years. This group of freshmen are going to be the ones that help turn this program around. I'm less concerned with wins and losses this year than I am watching the team come together and grow over the season. Something along the lines of what the men's soccer team did (a lot of close calls, before a solid ending to the season) would be great. Hopefully, the baseball team can get into the CAA tournament and make a little run like last year.


RE: JMU Baseball - olddawg - 01-17-2017 10:10 PM

I'm trying to be optimistic about JMU baseball. We have slipped so far down the ladder of Virginia baseball schools that it will take some time to crawl back. I feel among DI squads, we'd be 3rd tier ( and not even top of that tier). Really going to have to change the identity of the program. As previously said, looking for some promising youngsters to get playing time. I can live with the growing pains.


RE: JMU Baseball - JMUNation - 01-17-2017 10:51 PM

I feel like Ikenberry will build a solid program at JMU. I was impressed with what he did last year with marginal talent. I think each season will be better than the last.


RE: JMU Baseball - Wear Purple - 01-18-2017 09:13 AM

(01-17-2017 10:51 PM)JMUNation Wrote:  I feel like Ikenberry will build a solid program at JMU. I was impressed with what he did last year with marginal talent. I think each season will be better than the last.

+1

Going 13-11 in the CAA in Year 1 overachieved (IMO) and I'm optimistic - even with reliance on a bunch of young'uns - that we will see continued improvement in Year 2. Just changing the mentality takes a lot of time and effort to get guys believing they can win and doing the things necessary in the offseason to prepare to win. This isn't a 1 or 2 year turnaround project. Likely will take at least 3 years and some solid recruiting to get out of the grave that was dug from no winning overall nor CAA seasons from '12 thru '15.

Losing Hoover, last year's ace, doesn't help, but getting our next 3 starters (2 weekend and 1 weekday) back should set a solid foundation potentially for the weekend rotation. Of course, I hope some other pitchers are stepping up and competing for those roles.

Good luck to Coach Ike this spring. The rest of the athletic program at JMU have their standards set pretty high. Year 2 hopefully sees the Diamond Dukes making significant progress towards returning to postseason by Year 3 (if not this spring).


RE: JMU Baseball - JMaddy - 01-18-2017 10:23 AM

(01-18-2017 09:13 AM)Wear Purple Wrote:  
(01-17-2017 10:51 PM)JMUNation Wrote:  I feel like Ikenberry will build a solid program at JMU. I was impressed with what he did last year with marginal talent. I think each season will be better than the last.

+1

Going 13-11 in the CAA in Year 1 overachieved (IMO) and I'm optimistic - even with reliance on a bunch of young'uns - that we will see continued improvement in Year 2. Just changing the mentality takes a lot of time and effort to get guys believing they can win and doing the things necessary in the offseason to prepare to win. This isn't a 1 or 2 year turnaround project. Likely will take at least 3 years and some solid recruiting to get out of the grave that was dug from no winning overall nor CAA seasons from '12 thru '15.

Losing Hoover, last year's ace, doesn't help, but getting our next 3 starters (2 weekend and 1 weekday) back should set a solid foundation potentially for the weekend rotation. Of course, I hope some other pitchers are stepping up and competing for those roles.

Good luck to Coach Ike this spring. The rest of the athletic program at JMU have their standards set pretty high. Year 2 hopefully sees the Diamond Dukes making significant progress towards returning to postseason by Year 3 (if not this spring).

We have a really young staff (aside from Withers and Evans none are seniors). This could either be a long learning year or a year for some breakout performances as the So. and Jr. pitchers step up, or hopefully a Fr. has future ace potential.

Either way I'd say next year is the year we should be gunning for to be contenders. Though I wouldn't be surprised if we have strong year in 2017.


RE: JMU Baseball - watchngars - 01-18-2017 11:12 PM

Agree about Hoover. He was a great leader and ate up a lot of innings. Fun team to watch last spring; lots of fun late inning heroics.

(01-18-2017 09:13 AM)Wear Purple Wrote:  
(01-17-2017 10:51 PM)JMUNation Wrote:  I feel like Ikenberry will build a solid program at JMU. I was impressed with what he did last year with marginal talent. I think each season will be better than the last.

+1

Going 13-11 in the CAA in Year 1 overachieved (IMO) and I'm optimistic - even with reliance on a bunch of young'uns - that we will see continued improvement in Year 2. Just changing the mentality takes a lot of time and effort to get guys believing they can win and doing the things necessary in the offseason to prepare to win. This isn't a 1 or 2 year turnaround project. Likely will take at least 3 years and some solid recruiting to get out of the grave that was dug from no winning overall nor CAA seasons from '12 thru '15.

Losing Hoover, last year's ace, doesn't help, but getting our next 3 starters (2 weekend and 1 weekday) back should set a solid foundation potentially for the weekend rotation. Of course, I hope some other pitchers are stepping up and competing for those roles.

Good luck to Coach Ike this spring. The rest of the athletic program at JMU have their standards set pretty high. Year 2 hopefully sees the Diamond Dukes making significant progress towards returning to postseason by Year 3 (if not this spring).



RE: JMU Baseball - JMU83 - 01-26-2017 08:23 AM

http://www.jmusports.com/news/2017/1/25/baseball-parrott-and-johnson-earn-preseason-all-caa-honors.aspx


RE: JMU Baseball - Wear Purple - 01-26-2017 08:25 AM

(01-26-2017 08:23 AM)JMU83 Wrote:  http://www.jmusports.com/news/2017/1/25/baseball-parrott-and-johnson-earn-preseason-all-caa-honors.aspx

Very proud of Brett Johnson. Not bad for a walk-on who sat most of his first 2 years in the program, but who now is a big bat in the middle of the lineup. Good luck to him and the Diamond Dukes this spring.