West Notes: SDSU’s Heart/Hotness OFAnalysis
San Diego State’s outfield is one of the deepest position groups on the West Coast. The Aztecs began the fall with eight players fighting for the three starting spots. Head coach Mark Martinez let the group know from their very first position meeting there was going to be an open competition with the hot hand playing.
That’s why a guy like Tyler Adkison, a junior who hit .302-6-40 while starting 56 games last year, has gone from being an odd man out, not starting the first two games of this season to being a fixture in the Aztecs’ lineup recently.
“He kind of didn’t start a whole lot in the beginning of the season,” Martinez said. “It was more based on him not being where he needed to be offensively. He got his opportunity and I think he’s done pretty good with it.”
Martinez chuckled after the last statement.
That’s because Adkison has been one of the hottest hitters in the country. He was named Mountain West Player of the Week earlier this week. Since going 0-for-1 with three walks in a midweek contest against USC two weeks ago, Adkison has been walking napalm.
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