With baseball season fast approaching, the #5 ranked Bulldogs held their media day today inside the Humphrey Coliseum. Team voted co-captions Wes Rea and Kendall Graveman, along with All-American Adam Frazier spoke to reporters today.
MSU righthander Ben Bracewell
“First off, I’m really truly honored to be a co-caption on this team. Wes is also going to do a great job leading the team this year,” said Kendall Graveman.
Graveman was a freshmen on the Bulldog team four years ago that won only six SEC games. He has seen the Cohen process from the inside and is really happy with the results so far.
“It has been a process these four years, I remember winning six SEC games my freshmen year, and now to look back and win a SEC tournament, and go to a super-regional has been great. It was a good year last year, and a good year the year before, but this I think we have something else to prove.”
This year’s Bulldog team features a good mix of veterans and young players. There are fourteen newcomers on this year’s roster, and most are believed to make an early impact.
“The experience on this team is maybe the greatest we’ve had since we’ve been here. I know we lost a few guys this year, especially on the pitching staff, but you’ll see some arms this year that are just as good as Chris Stratton and Caleb Reed,” said Graveman.
Graveman mentioned a few guys that he believes will make a big impact on the mound this year.
“Ben Bracewell and the spring he is having so far, we are really excited about him. Evan Mitchell has been doing great, he has topped out at 97 this fall. Jacob Lindgren has maybe the best left handed slider in America, in my eyes.”
Graveman finished by saying that pitching to the hitters this fall was the most difficult he has ever had.
Wes Rea said the reason he picked Mississippi State baseball was because of the rich tradition that this program has. He believes that the tradition is back at Dudy Noble Field.
“I feel really good about this year, that’s kind of the reason I chose here, it is based on tradition. You come to Starkville and baseball is a topic. Even as a football recruit, baseball is what everyone wanted to talk about, baseball is what you see at the restaurants when you eat,” said Rea.
He added that, “That’s what Coach Cohen wanted to bring when he came back to Starkville, he got a taste of the tradition when he was here as a player.”
Rea said he also believes that Cohen has recruited a full team, and a well-rounded roster.
All-American shortstop Adam Frazier was without a doubt the best hitter on the ball club last year. He believes that this year’s offense will be more productive.
“Last year, everyone knows that it wasn’t really there, but I think it is this year.” Frazier added that, “Everyone gets along well on the team. It is the closest team I have ever been a part of since I’ve been here. So with all of that combined, I believe we have a really good shot to get to Omaha.”
This year’s Bulldog team is very confident. Confidence mixed with talent is going to be a good recipe for success for this year’s Bulldog team. Mississippi State opens the season February 15th against the Portland Pilots.