Fall Report: Arizona StateFall Report
Perennial power Arizona State would love nothing more than to restore order in 2018.
The Sun Devils have had some mixed results since coach Tracy Smith took over three years ago. His first two years in charge saw some success, as the Devils finished those campaigns with 35 and 36 wins, respectively. Most importantly, those campaigns ended with NCAA tournament appearances.
Contrast those campaigns with last season, where the Devils finished with an overall record of 23-32, along with a Pac-12 mark of 8-22. The season was a disappointment for Smith and his coaching staff, and a shock to many in the college baseball community.
In addition to the losses on the field, the losses mounted in the clubhouse, too, as the Devils dealt with some suspensions and more throughout the season. The best news following fall workouts? All appears to be very well in the clubhouse this go-round.
“I really liked the clubhouse vibe this fall. You’ve got a bunch of guys who totally understand the mission at Arizona State, they get along, and they have a common goal. It’s a lot of fun to be in the locker room right now,” Smith said. “I love the work ethic piece that these guys are about right now. They want to be better and they want to be around each other. Again, it’s a lot of fun.”
While the Sun Devils, as with everyone else this time of year, have some holes as the spring nears, there’s some definite potential with this group.
The Devils have some key pieces in different areas. For instance, Gage Canning and Hunter Bishop are back in the outfield and both are capable of putting together monster campaigns. There’s also Carter Aldrete, who has improved since last season, and Jeremy McCuinn, who is ASU’s do-it-all in the field.
On the mound, Spencer Van Scoyoc and Eli Lingos give the Devils a couple of potentially terrific options in the weekend rotation, while the third starting job is up in the air with Jake Godfrey, a hard-throwing veteran, and a newcomer in the mix.
What’s in store for Arizona State following fall workouts? Find out …
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