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Jake Mangum MSU talks about the running of the team in Omaha, how they like their new coach, and what's the song that goes up to this season.
Mackenzie Salmon, Clarion Ledger

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State baseball season is less than two weeks away.

When Bulldogs are run off the dugout on February 15 at the new field of Dudy Noble to accept Youngstown State in the first game three games, the junior pitcher Ethan Small will be attached to the hill.

But how small is the infield environment? And who's going to catch his parks? This is the case of an infield case and the arrival of Mississippi State such as a weekend.

The first base

Sophomore Tanner Allen is probably the main team address at the beginning of this season. During the modern modern Baseball Modern Baseball season last year, Allen started all 68 games for the State. Forty-three of those who started on the first base came.

The first base edge and center of play are completely different, but Allen (.983) has the same percentage as Jake Mangum, Gold Glove recipient, American Baseball Coisters Association. That is a good company for Allen.

At the plate, Allen had 24 multiplayer games. That was the second on the team thereafter – guess who was – Mangum, of whom 30 were. Allen hit a high 62-fold team as a fresh person, 13 times more than his next team. However, if its plate control improves, Allen's tools should be protected by wing and wings in their hands to have another significant season.

Mississippi State sophomore Tanner Allen is the Bulldogs progressing guy at the first base again. (Photo: Kelly Donoho / MSU Athletics)

Second medal

Chris Lemonis headaches harder things for the coach at second place. Simply add, "there is a lot of competition there."

Transfer of Junior College Gunner Halter is the largest candidate, but he has not exceeded the job yet. Freshman Landon Jordan is competing for the spot, and Lemonis gives a chance to play a second base during spring practices.

Lemonis likes Halter's biggest goal in the first goal. The only thing that the Seminole State College keeps shifting from defending itself is to protect itself. Halter has been shorter at the State Seminar, and has thus tackled some of the efforts he wanted to learn for the protection of the second base.

Lemonis is of the opinion that the 6-foot-3 Halter athletes will finally come to an end. Lemonis said that while he has a second basin that the high level is not just a corrector, he has done some of his plays when he learned the situation.

"He can do a lot of special things," Lemonis said.


Like Allen's stranglehold on the first base, the Jordan Westburg sophomore has one at the barrage. Westburg played 31 games in its new season, but none of them came short.

The events of Luke Alexander and Hunter Stovall forced Lemonis to make some moves in the center of the center. He feels the most comfortable with him that the rally-banana king is moving from the third base to the bar.

"It's really gone well," Lemonis said. "It's emerging as one of those guys who have the opportunity to become a high level talent."

Westburg has made some improvements at the plate after having an average batting .248, but Lemonis's biggest concern is not. Lemonis will be happy if both Halter and Westburg can be like a bit double of Alexander and Stovall.

Third medal

Position other infils, another sophomore boot. Justin Foscue seems to be lock to start at third level, making the third sophomore boot around the bags.

Foscue started 41 games third as a fresh person, so he has experience – as the others do. Mangum told a group of authors this year that they should not act as newbies over practices fall. They are all on this team for a reason, and when a weekend ends, material should not be around.

If it does not belong to those first year players, it should not be sure for guys like Foscue, Westburg and Allen. Still, Lemonis knows how important it will be great for them from beginning to end in 2019.

"The key to our team is, the key to our year-olds is that sophomores group that will take a step forward?" Lemonis said. "I think they'll be. They have been many years so far. They play very hard."

And if there is a fresh top – including J.T. Ginn, Landon Jordan, Hayden Jones, Luke Hancock, Brandon Smith and Bryce Brock – who are striking and disadvantaged in spite of the Mangum discussion, then the sophomores will be crucial to becoming stability sources over time.


Most Skelton Junior Dustin will get the bulk that starts behind the plate. He looked in 47 games of the last season, 38 of which he started with the holder. Lemonis loves to have a lot of experience on someone who can rely on it.

The Gilbert Senior Marshall also has a lot of repetition. The 30 games that Skelton did not start then, Gilbert did. Skelton and Gilbert had a similar number of hits (29) and similar battalion sizes (.254 to .238 in favor of Gilbert) in 2018, which means that Lemonis becomes comfortable that he does not have to make decisions at the Heater based on the fall-grounds in aggressive production.

Lemonis said that Hayden Jones and Luke Hancock could play some time behind the plate too. He does not want to put the author into that position because Kyle State, Kyle Cheesebrough, has a full-time coach and many programs appear throughout the country.

Lemonis said that Caesebrough is on the team helping to compare the comparison of cats and cats. Cheesebrough helps the battery with signs and parks sites. He has the ability to make an insight that Lemonis himself does not think he can.

"It's likely to be a bit better than most of us because he sees it through the eyes of the catcher," said Lemonis.

Contact Tyler Horka at thorka@gannett.com. Follow @tbhorka on Twitter

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