visualmagic wrote: ↑Wed Jun 15, 2022 7:00 pm
FW wrote: ↑Wed Jun 15, 2022 6:57 pm
You can’t see an improvement in the recruiting since Uhlman got here? Seriously?
Not enough. Look at our pitching staff
If you’re buying in on Uhlman, so be it. You’re the one getting duped. Not me.
I think the idea that Uhlman has brought the talent to a different level is overstated. Linn and Banks are awesome but you can’t win with 2 guys
Let’s put to bed the notion that CJU only recruited two D1 baseball players. Here is what the facts say -
FR Jackson Linn - .353
FR Teo Banks - .317
FR Brady Marget - .290
FR Gavin Schulz - .255
RSoph Brennan Lambert - .268
RSoph Simon Baumgardt - .260
FR Grant Siegel - 3.02 ERA, started 9 games, 59.2 innings, struck out 53, walked 13
FR Michael Massey - started 11 games, 68 innings, struck out 52, walked 16
SO Dylan Carmouche - started 16 games, 90.1 innings, struck out 87, walked 31
FR Chandler Welch - started 5 games, 52.1 innings, struck out 54, walked 29
The stats above were put up predominantly by 19 and 20 year-old D1 players. Not too shabby considering their age and inexperience on a 33-26-1 team. No reason not to believe these guys will improve if they stay together. Tossing this group to the side and insinuating they were 2 man team is comical.
Undoubtedly, people will question the hiring of Anthony Izzio. Can we give the guy a chance? He played and PITCHED at South Alabama. He has coached at Tulane, Charleston Southern, Pearl River CC, and East Mississippi CC (you have to start somewhere - ask David Pierce about his untraditional journey). Carl Lafferty, the Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/pitching coach says “Anthony is a tremendous recruiter. His passion to find players is second to none. What’s really impressive is his ability to connect and create relationships with the kids he recruits.” Carl Lafferty knows Mississippi and gulf coast recruiting just about better than anyone. Very high endorsement. Izzio is in his early 30’s. Let’s see how this plays out before ripping the guy to shreds. I will take Lafferty’s endorsement over any opinion on this board until proven otherwise.
Our success will, as it always has, rely on pitching. From recruiting, to development, to control, to injuries, it’s a giant crap shoot. Just saw where a high school senior who is projected mid-first round shut it down four games into the season so he could avoid the dreaded Tommy John. You will see this more and more from highly projected high school and college pitchers - who can blame them. Nevertheless, if CJU and his staff can upgrade the pitching, we can win next year. That is a big ask, especially this late in the process, but with some luck perhaps they can add 3-4 guys. If not, year two and three will be the telltale sign of where we are heading.