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Question Offseason baseball thread
Too soon?

Will try to keep this updated with draft news, coaching moves, transfers, summer ball stats, scheduling, etc.
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06-06-2017 11:02 AM
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RE: Offseason baseball thread
The draft starts Monday. We we wont have to wait long to see if we lose anyone
06-06-2017 11:15 AM
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RE: Offseason baseball thread
Recruiting wise, we signed a small class. Only losing 3 seniors plus whatever we lose to the draft. In my opinion the headliner is Eric Hoard from Jones. Big first baseman, may have to DH on our level. Intimidating presence at the plate. Hit over 20 bombs last year and around 15 this year. Has some feel for hitting too. Hit around .400 this year. He'll fill a hole in our lineup nicely.

Also signed Fred Franklin, the center fielder from Jones. Can really run. If he doesn't go pro I would think he'll play center field. Hits pretty well and has some power. Probably a .280 with 5 home runs and 15-20 steal type player. Good Center Field defender. Chance to be a better biter than that but I'm just guessing based on the looks I've had at him.

We've signed 3 LH pitchers which is a big need. Don't really know much about any of them though.

Luke Reynolds, a transfer from State that sat out this year, will make a big impact next year. People around the team say he might be the best pure hitter on the team and has power also.

Our lineup will be lethal again. The question will be pitching depth. State had like 8 pitchers out for the year with injuries and everybody said their staff was razor thin. They still had about 8 90+ MPH guys to throw out there. We have maybe 7 total at full strength. They had about 15 before all their injuries. Velocity isn't everything. But if I have a choice between a staff with 15 90 MPH guys or one with 7, I'm taking the one with 15 every single time.
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RE: Offseason baseball thread
LB's kid will find his way to the field by his 2nd year
06-06-2017 11:59 AM
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RE: Offseason baseball thread
(06-06-2017 11:57 AM)Eagle9 Wrote:  Recruiting wise, we signed a small class. Only losing 3 seniors plus whatever we lose to the draft. In my opinion the headliner is Eric Hoard from Jones. Big first baseman, may have to DH on our level. Intimidating presence at the plate. Hit over 20 bombs last year and around 15 this year. Has some feel for hitting too. Hit around .400 this year. He'll fill a hole in our lineup nicely.

Also signed Fred Franklin, the center fielder from Jones. Can really run. If he doesn't go pro I would think he'll play center field. Hits pretty well and has some power. Probably a .280 with 5 home runs and 15-20 steal type player. Good Center Field defender. Chance to be a better biter than that but I'm just guessing based on the looks I've had at him.

We've signed 3 LH pitchers which is a big need. Don't really know much about any of them though.

Luke Reynolds, a transfer from State that sat out this year, will make a big impact next year. People around the team say he might be the best pure hitter on the team and has power also.

Our lineup will be lethal again. The question will be pitching depth. State had like 8 pitchers out for the year with injuries and everybody said their staff was razor thin. They still had about 8 90+ MPH guys to throw out there. We have maybe 7 total at full strength. They had about 15 before all their injuries. Velocity isn't everything. But if I have a choice between a staff with 15 90 MPH guys or one with 7, I'm taking the one with 15 every single time.

There are several ways to look at it. But if I'm a player on this team and all a record 50 wins gets me is sent home at my hometown regional, I'm getting the F*CK out of here at the first sign of a solid draft pic and signing bonus.
06-06-2017 04:01 PM
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RE: Offseason baseball thread
(06-06-2017 11:57 AM)Eagle9 Wrote:  But if I have a choice between a staff with 15 90 MPH guys or one with 7, I'm taking the one with 15 every single time.

Players wash out because they can't hit a breaking ball, not because they can't catch-up to a fast ball. I'd take 7 strong arms and 7 who can make a ball circle the plate every time.
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RE: Offseason baseball thread
What does anyone know about Montenegro, who sat out this year?

Some good bats are going to have to transfer out. I don't even see any way we have the roster spots for all of these guys.

The lineup depth is impressive but how much of that do we actually need? I would have traded out two or three guys from our 13-man rotating lineup for a good pitcher in a heartbeat.

Eagle9 or others, thoughts on some of our non-seniors' draft stock. Know you weren't buying McCarty going very high. Braley seems like a question mark--no idea where MLB teams would see him fitting in the field. Or is he a better prospect as a pitcher?
06-06-2017 06:33 PM
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RE: Offseason baseball thread
(06-06-2017 06:33 PM)eaglenjxn Wrote:  Braley seems like a question mark--no idea where MLB teams would see him fitting in the field. Or is he a better prospect as a pitcher?

i dont see braley getting drafted early at all. def not as a pitcher. hes a good college pitcher and great college hitter. i could see him staying another year. i think he should.

mccarty will get drafted, certainly much earlier than braley would. prob early enough to make him have to leave is what im thinking. not a top 5 rounder or anything, but enough to take a big league contract. hope im wrong and he sticks around.
06-06-2017 07:13 PM
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RE: Offseason baseball thread
Guy I talked to today seems to think that last night was a "gamechanger" for Braley and McCarty. Both could come back to complete some unfinished business.

Munz has said a couple times on the HA live chats that Montenegro is Mason Irby 2.0. He's already started his summer season and is hitting .280 with the Acadiana Cane Cutters.
06-06-2017 07:29 PM
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RE: Offseason baseball thread
(06-06-2017 07:29 PM)BeagleUSM Wrote:  Guy I talked to today seems to think that last night was a "gamechanger" for Braley and McCarty. Both could come back to complete some unfinished business.

hope so!
06-06-2017 07:37 PM
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