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Question Fall Ball 2021
Time to start a thread on all things Fall Ball, with Rice Baseball updates....

Full team practices and intrasquads kick off next Wednesday (before the UT volleyball game) and continue through Homecoming weeekend. We play exhibition matches against Sam Houston State at The Reck on Friday, October 8th, and at UH on October 15th.

Here's the latest tweet (with video) from Bostick...

https://twitter.com/colter_bostick/statu...6510369792

Quote:Colter Bostick
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The pitchers at @RiceBaseball are getting after it this fall and just doing some awesome stuff on the mound. These dudes are making massive developmental strides and the energy is electric! Also, our managers/analytics/video guys are rockstars. More on them shortly!
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RE: Fall Ball 2021
At the Cardinals-Padres game and they honored the 2011 WS team pregame.

The Puma was in attendance. Not looking to stir the pot-was just cool to see him!
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Cheito inviting everyone to come out to Reckling tomorrow to witness the start of Fall Ball and the new era in Rice baseball. Intrasquads scheduled for the next three days with start times of 2:45p tomorrow (Wednesday), 4:15pm Thursday and 6:30pm Friday for night baseball!

https://twitter.com/cruz22/status/1440446323270959105

Quote:Jose Cruz, Jr.
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Fall Ball begins tomorrow. First scrimmage starts at 2:45pm. Hope to see you there. ⁦@RiceAthletics @RiceBaseball @RiceUniversity
09-21-2021 07:24 PM
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RE: Fall Ball 2021
(09-18-2021 06:58 PM)ExcitedOwl18 Wrote:  At the Cardinals-Padres game and they honored the 2011 WS team pregame.

The Puma was in attendance. Not looking to stir the pot-was just cool to see him!

He’s landed some big time recruits at HBU in the last couple days. Good for him!

https://twitter.com/dustinlmccomas/statu...22089?s=21
https://twitter.com/dustinlmccomas/statu...55172?s=21
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Can we PLEASE use this thread for Rice Fall Ball. Thanks.
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Some interesting tweets by Bostick showing some of the arm conditioning drills/tools he's introducing to our pitchers...

https://twitter.com/colter_bostick/statu...4786516996

https://twitter.com/colter_bostick/statu...7972024329[/quote]
09-21-2021 08:17 PM
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(09-21-2021 07:24 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  Cheito inviting everyone to come out to Reckling tomorrow to witness the start of Fall Ball and the new era in Rice baseball. Intrasquads scheduled for the next three days with start times of 2:45p tomorrow (Wednesday), 4:15pm Thursday and 6:30pm Friday for night baseball!

https://twitter.com/cruz22/status/1440446323270959105

Quote:Jose Cruz, Jr.
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Fall Ball begins tomorrow. First scrimmage starts at 2:45pm. Hope to see you there. ⁦@RiceAthletics @RiceBaseball @RiceUniversity

Here's the pitching lineup.........

Wed 9/22 2:45 pm Deskins, Perkins, Burbank, DeLeon, Garcia, Wood
Thu 9/23 4:15 pm Smith, Greenwood, Cienfuegos, Clucas, Burgess, Fox, Shaw
Fri 9/24 6:30 pm Chandler, Vincent, Matthews, Gallant, Linksey, Zaskoda, Davis

Burbank is the former San Jac LHP JUCO Pitcher of the Year
Chandler is the Pepperdine transfer who has been a weekend starter for 3 yrs
Vincent is the Aggie transfer who never got the opportunity to pitch as Freshman
Matthews is the most highly regarded Freshman pitching recruit
Perkins, Smith, Clucas, Fox and Shaw are all true Freshmen

Brogdon still not scheduled to pitch. Hopefully, it's nothing serious.
09-21-2021 08:27 PM
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And speaking of analytics, Rice Baseball making use of Rice computer science and statistics departments...

https://twitter.com/cruz22/status/1440485382273986561

Quote:Jose Cruz, Jr.
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Our first Rice Baseball analytics meeting. This is just the beginning. ⁦@RiceBaseball
⁩@RiceCompSci @RiceStatisticsn

...the the partnership with Sports Management is still in development.
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(09-21-2021 07:24 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  Cheito inviting everyone to come out to Reckling tomorrow to witness the start of Fall Ball and the new era in Rice baseball. Intrasquads scheduled for the next three days with start times of 2:45p tomorrow (Wednesday), 4:15pm Thursday and 6:30pm Friday for night baseball!

https://twitter.com/cruz22/status/1440446323270959105

Quote:Jose Cruz, Jr.
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Fall Ball begins tomorrow. First scrimmage starts at 2:45pm. Hope to see you there. ⁦@RiceAthletics @RiceBaseball @RiceUniversity

Friday Night LIGHTS!!! The best "nights" at least for baseball fans.
09-22-2021 09:09 AM
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Waiting for Roger Tower's update, but here's my brief recap...

They only played four innings before turning to situational batting practice with full fielders and running out hits.

Pitchers were LHP Deskins, RHP Perkins, LHP Burbank and RHP DeLeon

Deskins had a dominant first inning-- throwing strikes and getting a couple Ks on breaking balls, but struggled with his control in the second inning.

Perkins was surprisingly impressive. His curveball his clearly his best pitch and he threw it 60% of the time. In the first inning he couldn't get his fastball over the plate (high most of the time), but got a couple Ks on his breaking stuff. In the second inning, he kept bouncing his breaking ball, but was getting his FB over.

Burbank (last year's JUCO POY at San Jac) is going to be a good one. He isn't a power pitcher. Rather, very Glavine-esque in his stuff. Fastball sits between 87-89, topping out at 90 on a couple pitches, but he has two breaking balls-- one a slow curve which he uses as a changeup pitch to right-handed batters, and the other is a tighter breaking pitch which he throws down in the zone.

Hoping to see Gracia today, but I suppose we'll see him tomorrow afternoon (4:15pm start) instead.

Really impressed with Bostick, who pulled the pitcher and catcher aside after each half inning to discuss what to work on.
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Mark Berman was at today's scrimmage and interviewed Cheito and Bostick on the pitching lab and analytics...

https://twitter.com/MarkBermanFox26/stat...0934979584
09-22-2021 10:41 PM
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"The boys are back" video from yesterday's scrimmage...

https://twitter.com/RiceBaseball/status/...1829506058
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Smaller crowd for this afternoon's 2nd intrasquad. Three inning affair with the pitchers being Smith (2 innings), Greenwood (2 innings), Burgess (2 innings), LHP Clukas (2 innings), LHP Shaw (2 innings), Fox (1 inning), Zaskoda (1 inning).

IMO, the only two that impressed were two of the three true Freshmen: RHP Smith and LHP Shaw. Smith had a dominant 1-2-3 first inning, with two Ks, but struggled with his control in the second inning. Terrific breaking ball. Shaw closed out the scrimmage and got 5 strikeouts in his two innings of action. Nothing topped 87 MPH, but location was excellent, good breaking ball, and pounded the strike zone.

HRs were hit by Becker and Woodcox-- both no doubters.

One other standout the past couple days-- true Freshman catcher, Manny Garza, who has a bazooka for an arm behind the plate. He has thrown out 5 basestealers so far with strong and accurate throws. He's also pretty good at blocking balls in the dirt. He could be our best defensive catcher since Lehmann and Zornes. The question is going to be whether he can hit enough to stay in the lineup. He did hit the ball sharply a couple times today.

Tomorrow's scrimmage starts at 6:30pm for Friday night lights!
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(09-23-2021 02:34 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  "The boys are back" video from yesterday's scrimmage...

https://twitter.com/RiceBaseball/status/...1829506058

If you're gonna title the video "the boys are back", failing to have the eponymous Thin Lizzy song be the soundtrack for said video is a faux pas!
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It was a picture perfect night for baseball at The Reck, and the crowd of about 100 (including a sizable group tailgating in The Roost) were greeted with the sound system operational-- including music and player announcements.

They played a 6 1/2 inning scrimmage, with the pitchers on both sides dominating. Blue beat Grey 2-1, outing hitting Gray 5-3 (with one of those 3 hits coming in the extra half inning), but Grey pitchers racked up one more strikeout than those in Blue (11 Ks vs. 10 Ks).

Blue pitchers in order were Chandler, Matthews, Linskey and Davis; Grey pitchers were Vincent, Gallant and Zaskoda. Each pitched 2 inning stints, save for Davis who pitched just one inning.

Cooper Chandler (Sr RHP, Pepperdine transfer) pitched a very quick 1-2-3 inning, with two strikeouts, but in the second inning, after getting the leadoff hitter on a pop out, he walked a batter, followed by a passed ball and then an RBI double by Justin Dunlap. 2.0 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 BB, WP, 2 Ks. Chandler pitched like the experienced pitcher he is. His fastball was sitting in the 90-92 MPH range, with a solid curve (82 MPH) and changeup.

Tom Vincent (Redshirt Fr LHP, A&M transfer) struggled with his control. After getting a leadoff strikeout, there was a walk, stolen base, wild pitch, followed by a Guy Garibay RBI single. He walked a second batter and the first inning ended with just two outs and a runner on 1B. In the second, Antonio Cruz led off with an RBI double, but after a strikeout, Cruz was caught in no man's land on a grounder to SS and was tagged out. Connor Walsh followed with a single, then another walks, and the inning ended with a opposite field line out by Woodcox. 2.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 3 BBs, WP, 2 Ks. Fast ball sat in the 87 - 89 range.

Caleb Matthews (Fr, RHP) was the third true Freshman pitcher to impress this week (along with Perkins and Shaw). In his first inning, he gave up an infield single and walk, but struck out one and another was caught stealing (Garza again!). He has a 1-2-3 second inning, with an infield pop and two ground outs. 2.0 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 BB, 1 K. Fast ball sat in the 90 - 92 range, with a "plus" curveball that sat between 76-79. Throws hard for a small guy at 5'10", 169 lbs.

Reed Gallant (Fr, RHP) also struggled with his control. In his first inning he gave up a lead off walk, followed by a sharply hit single by Austin Bulman. He was on the verge of escaping the inning on back-to-back strikeouts, but then slipped trying to field a swinging bunt by Garza which turned into an RBI single. He then walked another batter before getting his third strikeout of the inning. Gallant's second inning was much stronger. After a leadoff walk, he got a ground out, followed by back-to-back strikeouts. 2.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 3 BBs, 5 Ks. Fastball sitting in the 89-90 range.

Matthew Linskey (Fr, RHP) looked like a different pitcher than the one who couldn't find the strikezone last year. After giving up a leadoff walk and a stolen base, he had back-to-back strikeouts, before a second walk and a fly out. In this second inning, he gave up another walk and strikeout, but struck out two more and got an infield pop. 2.0 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. His fastball sat in the 89 - 93 range (losing velocity in his second inning of work), and his curve was very effective in the 78 - 80 range. He has the physique of Neimann and Kravetz (6'7", 245 lbs). If Bostick an get him to throw strikes he can be a very, very effective set-up guy or even closer.

Garrett Zaskoda (Fr, RHP) stuggled a bit with his control, but showed a "plus" curveball. In this first inning he walked one, but got two strikeouts and fly out. In the second he got a leadoff strikeout, but then lost his mechanics-- walk, walk, HBP, before leaving the bases loaded with an infield pop and strikeout. 2.0 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 3 BBs, 1 HBP, 4 Ks

Micah Davis (Fr, RHP) is another guy who couldn't throw strikes last year, but looked really good in his one inning of work. Leadoff walk, followed by a catcher to 1B pickoff (by Hannigan), strikeout, opposite field double by Justin Long who was thrown out by Garibay trying to stretch it into a triple. Davis stayed in to record a fourth out of the inning via strikeout. 1.0 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 BB, 2 Ks. He has the liveliest arm I saw tonight-- popping his fastball in at 94 - 95, with a really nice 83 MPH curveball.

And that's a wrap.
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Another Bostick tweet on development (and I believe that's Micah Davis in the video throwing that nasty change up)...

https://twitter.com/colter_bostick/statu...8234945539

BTW, Roel Garcia made his intrasquad debut yesterday and pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning. Most encouraging (to me anyway) is that he was touching 94-95 on his fastball, which is what he was throwing before his TJS. Last year, he was topping out at 91, and pitching mostly in the 88 - 90 range. Is it simply because he is now fully healthy, or have the development tools already had a positive impact on his velocity?
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Here's Bostick's development-related post of the day (can't get enough of this stuff!)...

https://twitter.com/colter_bostick/statu...5239589894
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(09-29-2021 11:22 AM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  Here's Bostick's development-related post of the day (can't get enough of this stuff!)...

https://twitter.com/colter_bostick/statu...5239589894

MarcPro yet another great tool. It's like he can read my mind!!!!
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Quote:Rice Baseball is hosting their fall ball exhibition game at Reckling Park on Friday, October 8th, 6pm when they take on Sam Houston State! The Jose Cruz Jr. era is finally here and we're excited to welcome fans - free of charge - to this game. Please RSVP at the link below, and you'll have an opportunity to win a special prize!

Please note, no concessions will be provided, however, fans will be able to bring in their own food and (non-alcoholic) beverages. Parking will be free in West Lot 4 and opens at 5pm.

Rice Baseball vs. Sam Houston State
Fri. Oct 8, 6:00PM
Reckling Park

Note also that the following Friday, October 15th, we'll be playing an exhibition scrimmage against Houston at UH.
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Deskins is featured in Bostick's development tweet of the day...

https://twitter.com/colter_bostick/statu...4895755264
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