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  D1Baseball’s Weekly Chat: March 20 (03/20/2017) 
12:09
Kendall Rogers: 

We will start answering your questions at 2 p.m., Eastern. Go ahead and get yours in, now, however!

Monday March 20, 2017 12:09 Kendall Rogers
2:01
[Comment From sanctiisanctii: ] 

Texas Tech seems to be a well rounded team with a good mix of experience and young guys. Do they have enough bats to make some noise in the post season against elite pitching?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:01 sanctii
 
Kendall Rogers: 

SANC — They sure do. I thought the Red Raiders were very opportunistic offensively this past weekend. That entire lineup knows its role — and the Red Raiders, for instance, were able to win with four-hole hitter Hunter Hargrove going 0-for in the series opener. Then, he got going as the season progressed. I think Tech is the most balanced team I’ve seen this season thus far, and the bullpen continues to take shape, too.

  Kendall Rogers
2:01
Aaron Fitt: 

Hi everybody! Look at that, Kendall Rogers in the house at 2 ET on the dot! We are in for a special chat today.

Monday March 20, 2017 2:01 Aaron Fitt
2:01
Kendall Rogers: 

I’m such an overachiever!

Monday March 20, 2017 2:01 Kendall Rogers
2:04
[Comment From AndrewAndrew: ] 

From what you see so far, do you think Fullerton could end up with a national seed?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:04 Andrew
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Yeah I do. Very strong nonconference strength of schedule, and they handled themselves quite well against that schedule. They’re No. 7 in the RPI right now, which is really where they needed to start heading into conference play to have a shot at being a national seed. Now they just need to dominate the Big West — and I think they can do it. They are clearly the class of that conference.

  Aaron Fitt
2:05
[Comment From TimmyTimmy: ] 

Is Creighton a dark horse to run through the conference or is the team stats accurate to what to expect going forward?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:05 Timmy
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I would say Creighton is something of a dark horse. I thought they’d be at or near the top of the Big East this year, and I was really surprised how much they struggled out of the gate — but maybe it’ll be like Utah last year, where they just put that awful first month behind them and find their identity in conference play. I still like the experience and depth on the mound, and I think they’re going to be a factor in that league.

  Aaron Fitt
2:06
[Comment From TVTV: ] 

Who had the more impressive weekend Tech or West Virginia? Personally I go with Tech due to the sweep but WV taking 2 of 3 from Baylor is pretty dang impressive.

Monday March 20, 2017 2:06 TV
 
Kendall Rogers: 

TV — I would go with Texas Tech since this was a series Texas had pretty clearly circled — and the Red Raiders went on the road and swept it. No doubt, though that Cole Austin and the Mountaineers going on the road and cooling off Baylor is very, very loud. WVU continues to be a team that I have my eye on (it got some nice preseason love from several coaches).

  Kendall Rogers
2:10
[Comment From JDJD: ] 

The Pac 12 seems to be pretty top heavy this year. I am a Die hard Oregon State fan and I know going to Tempe and sweeping was an amazing feat but do you feel we will really find out how good they are with Arizona coming to Goss this weekend?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:10 JD
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I think it’s top-heavy insofar as there are heavyweight teams at the top — but I actually don’t think it’s soft at the bottom. Really, I think it’s a very solid league top to bottom, and I am positive it will get more regional bids than it did last year — wouldn’t surprise me if it winds up with 7, and maybe even 8 is attainable. But yes, that Arizona-Oregon State series is a marquee showdown. Frankie Piliere will get to go to that, and everybody is jealous.

  Aaron Fitt
2:12
[Comment From JordanJordan: ] 

Where is Southern Miss sitting in your books? What kept them out this week. I’m sure it was tough this week. Also what is your thought on Southern Miss as a whole?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:12 Jordan
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Jordan — Southern Miss was the next team on our list to be put in the Top 25 this week, along with Wake Forest. That is an incredibly loud weekend going on the road and doing that against a very solid Louisiana Tech club. I think the most noticeable thing for me is that Southern Miss’s pitching continues to improve — they were able to tame a very good La Tech lineup for much of the weekend. USM is absolutely trending in the right direction.

  Kendall Rogers
2:14
[Comment From JoJo: ] 

What’s going on with cofc and what do you expect of the cougars?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:14 Jo
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I really wasn’t sold on Charleston’s pitching heading into the spring, and when you take Bailey Ober out of that mix, it really hurts. I just think they’re light on the mound. I do think they’ll play better than they have over the last couple of weeks and make a run in conference play, but CofC does not strike me as an at-large-caliber team at this point.

  Aaron Fitt
2:14
[Comment From DanDan: ] 

Your thoughts on Vanderbilt and Florida at this point of the season?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:14 Dan
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Dan — I feel like there’s just something missing with both teams. It seems like when Vanderbilt pitches well, the offense is non-existent and vice-versa. For Florida, I think it simply boils down to the offensive lineup. UF has to hit better, and it starts with JJ Schwarz, Deacon Liput and Mike Rivera, among others — Those three in particular are hitting around .200. They need to be much better this weekend against LSU or UF is going to start league play in a big hole.

  Kendall Rogers
2:16
[Comment From DrewDrew: ] 

What does Texas A&M need to do to turn around its recent misfortune?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:16 Drew
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Drew — I think it boils down to two things: A) The offense has to give Braden Shewmake and Logan Foster (more so Shewmake) some help and the bullpen needs to wake up. A&M has been atrocious on the back-end of games so far this year, and that’s not exactly a recipe for success in the SEC. Those two things must change entering this weekend’s series against a Vandy team with its back against the wall.

  Kendall Rogers
2:17
[Comment From accacc: ] 

who’s been the biggest let down in the acc so far

Monday March 20, 2017 2:17 acc
 
Aaron Fitt: 

You’ve got several candidates to choose from, but I think you have to go with Miami, a preseason Top 25 team that is 9-11 overall. I wasn’t crazy about Miami’s offensive personnel to begin with — they just lost so many key guys from last year. But obviously we all thought they’d hit better than they have so far. And the fact is, they’re The U. They don’t have prolonged struggles like this. That said, I continue to believe they will find their way into a regional to keep The Streak alive. Sunday’s win at NC State was huge — getting swept there would have been bad for the psyche.

  Aaron Fitt
2:20
[Comment From Redraider972Redraider972: ] 

Clearly I am very proud of Texas tech but at this point what do you guys think of the big 12 as a whole and how many teams do yall see possibly extending their season?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:20 Redraider972
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Red Raider,
The league is looking pretty good right now. TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State would be postseason teams if the season ended today. I do feel like Texas needs to get on the horse a little bit — the Horns are just 12-9 and they and K-State are starting things with RPIs in the 80s/90s. That’s a big series in Austin this weekend.

  Kendall Rogers
2:22
[Comment From TT: ] 

Is there a better 1-2 punch in the big 12 than Martin and Gingry? Throw in Shetter and i don’t know if there is a better weekend rotation in the Big 12.

Monday March 20, 2017 2:22 T
 
Kendall Rogers: 

From — That might be the top one-two punch in the country outside of Faedo and Singer. I like Lange and Poche, but I think I’m more comfortable with the Martin-Gingery combo for now. Shetter kind of settled in a bit after a rough start yesterday. There’s not much I don’t like about this Tech team — if anything at all.

  Kendall Rogers
2:22
[Comment From JoeCoolJoeCool: ] 

Aaron, Big Beaver fan here, happy to see them at #1. Will be in your old stomping grounds of Laguna Beach this weekend and have time for games on Friday and Sunday. Planning on heading to LBSU on Fri and Irvine on Sun. Solid plan for best matchups?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:22 JoeCool
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Good plan! McCaughan vs. Seabold will be a pitchability clinic on Friday. (Although seeing Seth Romero at Irvine on Friday would also be fun). Two great series out there, hope you enjoy. And if you’re in the mood for an incredible burger while you’re in Laguna, go to Maro Wood Grille and tell them I sent you!

  Aaron Fitt
2:27
[Comment From LouisLouis: ] 

Other then Kentucky, Ole Miss, LSU, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt which other SEC team really tested themselves going out and playing a decent opponent in a series on the road?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:27 Louis
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Tennessee started the year with a 7-game road swing that included four games against quality programs in SoCal. South Carolina plays that series against Clemson every year, with two of the games coming away from home. Arkansas went to the Frisco tournament and played three good teams, after playing two midweeks at La Tech. Mississippi State played a series at Oregon. So there are lots of examples of SEC teams getting out there and challenging themselves nonconference. I don’t blame SEC teams for playing a lot of home games — they have invested in their facilities, and fans actually go to their games, so they can make money on home dates. But I do think the criticisms of SEC nonconference schedules can often be overblown.

  Aaron Fitt
2:28
[Comment From BillWBillW: ] 

I was actually encouraged to see the starting pitching for TCU this weekend. It looks to me if that is solidified then the Frogs can stay on target to reach their lofty goals for the season. Thoughts?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:28 BillW
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Bill,
I talked to a couple of people who saw the series and the general feeling was that the Horned Frogs looked much better than they did out on the West Coast. Jared Janczak continues to be outstanding, while the pitching staff as a whole was solid against the Jayhawks. Now, the only caveat here is that Kansas isn’t exactly a great team, but it was a step forward. Interested to see if the Frogs can back to business moving forward.

  Kendall Rogers
2:29
[Comment From MattMatt: ] 

Any early predictions for this weekend’s big series in Corvallis? Should be a lot of fun with arguably the best pitching staff in the nation going against the best offensive lineup in the nation.

Monday March 20, 2017 2:29 Matt
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Matt,
I think I like Oregon State’s pitching as the differentiator here. I feel much more confident about that unit — both in starting pitching and depth, but zero doubt Jay Johnson will have his Wildcats ready. Frankie will be in the house for that series.

  Kendall Rogers
2:29
[Comment From DanielDaniel: ] 

When will you guys release a new projected 64?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:29 Daniel
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Daniel — I would look for a first Field of 64 probably the first week of April. We’ve still got a couple of more weeks before we get to that business.

  Kendall Rogers
2:32
[Comment From JustinJustin: ] 

With Arkansas getting three great performances from its starters this weekend it seems they are getting things on track in that dept. With Arkansas having its best lineup since 2010 if they can get this pitching regularly I can see them as an Omaha threat. What are your semi early thoughts on the Hogs?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:32 Justin
 
Aaron Fitt: 

You’re right, that was a very encouraging weekend on the mound for the Hogs. I do really like the upside of that Knight-Stephan duo atop the rotation, and I’ve been really impressed with the way Knight has pounded the strike zone (how could you not be? 34-1 K-BB is… pretty good). Really, that whole staff has done a great job throwing strikes, which is so encouraging. And I agree that the offense is very dangerous. We had the Hogs right on the verge of getting back into the Top 25 this week, just had so many teams we wanted to rank, not enough room for them all. But I do think the Hogs have a chance to make some real noise, and whenever they’re in the postseason, they’re always a threat to make a run — Dave Van Horn has a way of getting his teams to peak at the right time.

  Aaron Fitt
2:34
[Comment From eight26eight26: ] 

Fullerton has missed Eastman from the Saturday slot, but has done well without him. Should they hold him out indefinitely and err on the side of caution or do the ease him back in soon?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:34 eight26
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Eight — It doesn’t sound like he’s going to be out for much longer — it was originally just tendinitis. I’m sure Vanderhook and Co. will just ease him back. On a side note, how about lefty John Gavin over the weekend? Very loud performance against a solid-hitting New Mexico club.

  Kendall Rogers
2:37
[Comment From Diamond DawgDiamond Dawg: ] 

Winning on the road in the SEC is a tall task but my Bullies got swept at Arkansas. Hopefully we won’t see another series with so little offensive production, but it wasn’t the bullpen that let us down this weekend. Is it time to get nervous about State making the field of 64?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:37 Diamond Dawg
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Diamond – With the amount of injuries and such State is dealing with right now, finding a way to reach the postseason would honestly be an accomplishment for Cannizaro and that staff. Those guys are pretty depleted and the schedule isn’t going to get any easier.

  Kendall Rogers
2:37
[Comment From MarcoMarco: ] 

Obviously ECU did not do what it needed to do to win this weekend. There are some key injuries but the freshman are playing well right now. Can you elaborate on what the Pirates are currently missing? Moving forward will they be able to upset UNC this week on Wednesday? What did you like out of the Freshman you were able to see perform on Sunday?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:37 Marco
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Clearly they miss Kruczynski, who sets the tone for the whole weekend when he’s going on Friday nights. Now you’re leaning on two freshmen in those first two spots — and while Agnos and Benton are very talented freshmen and have held their own, it’s not quite the same as having a shutdown senior at the top, which takes a lot of the load off everybody else. The bullpen was not good this weekend — they’re counting on Bridges and Lanier and Ingle, and all three of those guys struggled in those first two games. And Sunday it seemed like they just got shellshocked by giving up a 5-spot in the first and then never recovered. I am a big fan of Packard and Brickhouse though — two polished lefthanded hitters with big power. Still believe in the Pirates, and think Cliff Godwin will right the ship. But this was a big hiccup.

  Aaron Fitt
2:39
[Comment From ZachZach: ] 

Thoughts on UNC getting a big road series win over a team they traditionally struggle with?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:39 Zach
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Tar Heels showed some real heart coming from behind to win that Sunday game. I just think their offense is good enough to strike at any point in the game, as long as they stay even-keeled. That’s the kind of series they would have lost over the last two years; the fact that they pulled it out showed a lot about this team.

  Aaron Fitt
2:40
[Comment From JasonJason: ] 

Obviously an incredible start to the year for O State Ballaz staff…what do they do when Drew Rasmussen gets back?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:40 Jason
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Jason — I am hearing that Drew Rasmussen is making very very strong strides and is already throwing a little. He should be back in the middle of April, I believe, or maybe a little later. I don’t think the Beavers want to mess up their weekend rotation right now, so I would look for him to likely close/be in a strong back-end role.

  Kendall Rogers
2:41
[Comment From OliverOliver: ] 

Who has a greater chance at hosting a regional this year…. Michigan or St.Johns or possibly both? Can either one get into the top 8 to potentially host a super if they were to go that far?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:41 Oliver
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Probably Michigan — better conference, so better chance to post a solid RPI. And much better facilities. I don’t see either being a top-8 kind of team though.

  Aaron Fitt
2:42
[Comment From LeftyLefty: ] 

USM the team to beat in CUSA after a sweep of LaTech and with Rice down? USM gets other CUSA contenders (FAU, FIU, ODU) in Hattiesburg and doesn’t draw Charlotte.

Monday March 20, 2017 2:42 Lefty
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Yes indeed. Really like Southern Miss, wanted to rank them this week, just ran out of room. That was a loud statement sweeping a pretty good La Tech team on the road. And as you point out, the schedule is favorable. C-USA should be a real battle royale this year, lots of contenders, but I’d put USM at the head of the list.

  Aaron Fitt
2:43
[Comment From CarlCarl: ] 

Michigan playing a 4 game set at home against Northern Illinois who came into the series with an RPI in the 250s, Michigan takes the series but drops 1 game. They move up three spots in the rankings, is that more to do with the poor week of other top 25s or have to do with the team winning?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:43 Carl
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Yeah, call it “poll dynamics” — four teams dropped out, so there was room for other teams to move up. Winning 3 out of 4 against a lesser opponent is fine.

  Aaron Fitt
2:45
[Comment From TresTres: ] 

What to make of the LSU/UF series this weekend?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:45 Tres
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Tres — I will be in the house for that series. Basically, it boils down to what Florida’s offense can do. I think LSU is a bad matchup right now because the Tigers will find a way to score some runs, IMO.

  Kendall Rogers
2:48
[Comment From jeffjeff: ] 

do you think the big east or a10 is a better league as a whole

Monday March 20, 2017 2:48 jeff
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Jeff — The Big Ten, without a doubt. Basically, the Big East is St. John’s and everyone else, where as the Big Ten has some depth with Michigan and Maryland, along with Michigan State, look like postseason clubs at this point.

  Kendall Rogers
2:50
[Comment From BenBen: ] 

Another 1-2 weekend brings up the same questions for UVA. While the bats have disappeared, i’m more concerned about lacking an ace in the rotation, particularly moving forward. What are your thoughts on the Hoos’ staff and depth? And do you think recruiting that front-line guy is becoming an issue (coming on the heels of having one stud on the roster for the past 6 or 7 years)? Thanks

Monday March 20, 2017 2:50 Ben
 
Aaron Fitt: 

You’re right, they don’t have a bona fide ace — that’s a key difference from last year, when Connor Jones was an automatic strong start on Fridays, which saved the bullpen and gave the Cavs a real shot to get off to a good start every weekend. I agree that the bats aren’t a concern — that offense will bounce back, and it will do it fast. There’s just too much talent there. I just don’t know enough about future UVa recruiting classes to comment on whether or not recruiting a front-line stud pitcher is becoming an issue, but the fact that they’ve had one just about every year forever probably earns them the benefit of the doubt. And somebody like Murdock (in particular) or Nicholson could grow into a front-line guy over the next year or two — those were both very good pitching recruits with upside.

  Aaron Fitt
2:54
[Comment From canesFANcanesFAN: ] 

Canes pitching have held their own and hitting is picking up the pace, I think. Any changes you think they need to to start a big win streak? Key players?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:54 canesFAN
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Really liked what I saw from Brandon Gali on Saturday — hit a couple of balls really hard for extra-base hits, and looked great at shortstop. I’d like to see them stick with him at short for a while and see if that continues to provide a spark. They need Barr and Ruiz to continue to get healthier, that would also make a difference. And they need Michelangeli and Batista to find their strides, simple as that. Edgar looked lost at the plate to me.

  Aaron Fitt
2:57
[Comment From Khalil GreeneKhalil Greene: ] 

Bigger surprise so far: Beer’s struggles or success of Clemson’s pitching staff?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:57 Khalil Greene
 
Kendall Rogers: 

K — I would say Beer’s struggle. He’s such a pure hitter, and to hit be hitting .250 is very much of a surprise. With that said, as we talked about during the podcast earlier today, Andrew See is doing another great job with that pitching staff. He’s a stud.

  Kendall Rogers
2:58
[Comment From JamesJames: ] 

I was able to watch quite a bit of baseball again this weekend, and I continue to be concerned about the quality of umpiring I see. In particular the strike zone is so ridiculously different from ump to ump, I really have no idea what a strike is anymore.

Monday March 20, 2017 2:58 James
 
Kendall Rogers: 

James — Yep — I’ve seen some poor umpiring yet again this season. Here’s my thing: I don’t have an issue with you having A) a tight zone or B) a loose zone — but C) be consistent with it. That’s all I ask for.

  Kendall Rogers
2:58
[Comment From TerpTeacherTerpTeacher: ] 

Maryland’s been looking much better the past few weeks, winning 11 of their last 12. Their bullpen in particular have taken great steps forward. Are the Terps for real? What do you think of their chances for competing for a conference title and making another splash in the postseason?

Monday March 20, 2017 2:58 TerpTeacher
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I think they are for real, as I have written repeatedly since the fall. And you’re right about their bullpen coming around. I saw the Terps last week in Chapel Hill when they got blown out, but I did get to see them run some of their quality bullpen arms out there, and they looked very good (Rescigno and Price, in particular — both up to 93-91 with good breaking balls). I continue to believe Maryland is a leading contender for the Big Ten title and a team capable of making a run in June.

  Aaron Fitt
3:01
[Comment From ErikErik: ] 

Can a case be made for Arizona as the best team in the country?

Monday March 20, 2017 3:01 Erik
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I wouldn’t make that case, but the Wildcats are clearly a very good, balanced, confident club with a lot of offensive firepower. Just don’t think they’ve got the starting pitching to be regarded as the best team in the country.

  Aaron Fitt
3:01
[Comment From SmittySmitty: ] 

OSU is deservedly getting all of the love in the Pacific NW. How about their rivals in Eugene? What do you make of their somewhat quiet yet solid start to the season? Are they a sleeper in the Pac-12?

Monday March 20, 2017 3:01 Smitty
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Smitty — I’ve had my eye on the Ducks the past couple of weeks. It certainly helps to have a guy like David Peterson doing what he’s doing on Fridays, but the Ducks have some solid arms, and they’ve got some bona-fide dudes coming out of the pen. UO hit the ball well over the weekend against Cal, too. I’m really intrigued to see how the Ducks do moving forward.

  Kendall Rogers
3:04
[Comment From PatrickPatrick: ] 

Couple of UCI Questions: 1. What’s going on with OF/P Cameron Bishop, he hasn’t played at all this year? 2. Any doubt that Keston Hiura is the best pure hitter in the 2017 draft class?

Monday March 20, 2017 3:04 Patrick
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Bishop has been out with an oblique issue. In San Diego a couple weeks ago, Mike Gillespie told me it might be another month before he could return, so I’d have to think he’s getting close by now — something we need to check on. And Hiura gets my vote for best pure hitter in this class, beating out Pavin Smith of Virginia.

  Aaron Fitt
3:05
[Comment From Greg D.Greg D.: ] 

How worrisome has UCLA’s performance to date been? Other than Bouchard and Canning, it seems safe to say that the team has failed to meet expectations

Monday March 20, 2017 3:05 Greg D.
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Greg — The problem for UCLA has been a combination of not enough offense and some iffy pitching at times. UCLA can’t have Canning do everything, and with Jake Bird out, that leaves quite a void. UCLA desperately needs Brian Gadsby to step up. He’s been pretty blah so far this season. Things don’t look too hot for the Bruins right now, and I’m not so sure I see the changing this season.

  Kendall Rogers
3:06
[Comment From Kim GregoryKim Gregory: ] 

Aaron, nice meeting you in Durham on Saturday. Hope to see you in Winston-Salem soon. WF knocking on the door of that Top 25 list! #GoDeacs

Monday March 20, 2017 3:06 Kim Gregory
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Good to meet you too — and yes, the Deacs are right there on the cusp of our rankings, along with Southern Miss, Arkansas, Oregon and Mercer, I’d say. Lots of worthy teams right now, just not enough spots. But I really do like Wake Forest — that’s a no-doubt regional team for me, and I think they’re good enough to make some real noise in the postseason.

  Aaron Fitt
3:07
[Comment From BradBrad: ] 

Greg Deichmann has shown nice improvement over his time at LSU, where do you project him to go in the draft?

Monday March 20, 2017 3:07 Brad
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Brad – I think he’s a definite top four rounder at this point with potential to climb. Greg is athletic enough and he has some of the best raw power in college baseball. He’s also improved his pitch selection and overall offensive approach. I’m intrigued to see get a nice pulse for his stock this weekend in Gainesville.

  Kendall Rogers
3:09
[Comment From Troubled Wise BirdTroubled Wise Bird: ] 

I know Wayne Graham has another year on his contract, but if Rice doesn’t make the CUSA tourney, will he still keep his job?

Monday March 20, 2017 3:09 Troubled Wise Bird
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Troubled — No matter what happens this year, Wayne will be back next year IMO. Now, will he get the Marquee treatment, i.e. “You need to wink win retire”? That’s another question. Let’s see how the season unfolds first.

  Kendall Rogers
3:09
[Comment From Joe joeJoe joe: ] 

What do you think about UCF how will they do in their division

Monday March 20, 2017 3:09 Joe joe
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Very intrigued by the Knights. Robby Howell is a legit stud Friday ace, a senior who competes hard and really knows how to pitch with quality stuff, and Pimentel has been really good on Saturdays — that’s a nice 1-2 punch. Between Hamblin, Putnam, Marsh, Crile, Gellinger and Thomas, you’ve got the core of a very nice lineup too. I think the Knights will hold their own in conference play; feels like a solid regional contender.

  Aaron Fitt
3:11
Kendall Rogers: 

All right guys — I need to get back to writing …. we will see you next week and feel free to hit us up on Twitter for more questions.

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Monday March 20, 2017 3:11 Kendall Rogers
3:11
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 

How early is too early to give Brendan McKay the Golden Spikes Award?

Monday March 20, 2017 3:11 John
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Really does feel like a done deal, doesn’t it? I mean, I could say, “Let’s see how he fares against the better teams in the conference,” but he’s got two previous seasons of strong track record against very good competition. It’s not like he’s gonna go in the tank when he starts facing great teams. He’s awesome.

  Aaron Fitt
3:11
Aaron Fitt: 

Thanks everybody! See you next week.

Monday March 20, 2017 3:11 Aaron Fitt
 
 

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