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Old 06-12-2018, 04:46 PM   #21
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Default Re: What a great turnaround by the team this year

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Don't forget about the TON of injuries we had early this year. I'm beginning to be a fan of the "statistical" method of coaching. Maybe "The MoneyBall System" was correct. Today, though, I am proud of the Job The King and his Court did this year!! Congratulations Gamecocks!!!
those injuries were devastating. Kudos to the coaching staff in bringing younger players along
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:06 PM   #22
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Kingston was able to get better performance out of the team as the season went along.

That included pitching to a certain degree, but I think the jury is still out on whether Meade has what it takes to develop talent.

Our pitching staff was too inconsistent and unprepared too many times. He would be gone if this was his third year instead of his first.

True, we have to give him time to cycle through Holbrook's recruits and bring his own in, but I think some of that is due to his own lack of experience.

We will have some great teams if he finds the handle on it, but he will be hated like Roper if he doesn't.
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I quickly became a Mark Kingston fan at his initial press conference and like him even more today. He is a "new school, high tech" coach and plays the percentages well. From the comments I have seen from his players they love the man. LT said he would go to war with him.


He did much better than most expected despite having a very weak pitching staff who could not or would not throw strikes. This led to a very high team ERA. I look for Mark to bring in strike throwers and some LHP. Give this man time to bring in his recruits and we will once again be an elite team.


Thanks for a great coaching job in year 1. The best is yet to come.

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Old 06-12-2018, 06:05 PM   #24
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Couple of random points/opinions here:

- I'm very proud of the job that Kingston did in year one. The jury, however, is still out on him longterm. Let's see if he can a)recruit consistently at this level, b) develop that talent and c) have the "it" factor that Ray Tanner did.

- Meade has a lot to prove at this point. I don't think we can blame him for the mess, but he definitely has a lot of work to do in bringing in and developing pitching and depth among that staff. This will make 2 straight years that USC will be going into a season with only one weekend starter with any prior experience.

- Next year we may as well go ahead and temper our expectations. Sometimes a new coach doesn't hit that tough year until their second year due to having a fairly senior team. IMO that is what happened for Kjngston, with the exception of the pitching staff. The position players were mostly set in stone coming into the season. Next year he won't have that luxury and we will be pretty young almost across the board.

- Team Talent - this year's team didn't have a ton of first rounders that were all SEC, but to ignore 10 players being drafted, our most EVER, would be a huge mistake. This team was very talented and we lose the majority of that talent.
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Old 06-12-2018, 06:18 PM   #25
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Best job of coaching over an entire season I've seen in some time...especially from a baseball coach...it isn't all X's and O's in baseball. The way he steadied the ship and kept his cool allowed these kids to play their way to one game away from Omaha.

Outstanding hire and coach to run the program.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:04 AM   #26
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He can coach and our program is only going to get better. I am glad that we have him here at USC.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:14 AM   #27
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Here are the Perfect Game class rankings. You can change the year to see 2018-2021. Just a note, as soon as a player signs with MLB they are removed from our class ranking for that year. Right now, they haven't registered any 2018 signees, so our 2018 class is #10 in the country.
https://www.perfectgame.org/Rankings...gs.aspx?g=2020

Here is a quick look at our 2018 class (and some Pitcher notes)
https://247sports.com/college/south-...seball/Commits
LHP - Gilreath enrolled early.
SP - Owen White was drafted in the 2nd Rd, he's as good as gone.
RHP - Taj Bradley signed (it's not on PG yet, but he signed with the Rays.)
SP or 1B - Josiah Sightler drafted in the 12th, not signed, drafted as a 1B-man though. Didn't pitch this year. He will have to decide what he wants to do still.
All the other Pitchers on that list will probably come here.
RHP - Daniel Lloyd
RHP - Wes Sweatt
RHP - Brett Kerry
LHP/OF - Brady Allen (drafted by Yankees in 39th)
RH JUCO - Reid Morgan
RHP - Hayden Lehman
LHP JUCO - Cole Ganapolus
LHP SP - Julian Bosnic
LHP - Dylan Harley
Owen White has signed now.
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Unfortunate we had to play at Arkansas in the Supers. Probably the hardest place to win on the road in the country. They lost only 4 games at home this year, 2 of which were to The Gamecocks.
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For those hoping for some immediate lefty pitching, Cole Ganapulos was 10-0 as a starter at Chattahoochee Valley CC. He had 15 starts, 6 complete games, a 1.62 era, and only 16 bb's vs 95 k's in 89 innings.
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Yay! We needed him this year. Go Gamecocks!
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For those hoping for some immediate lefty pitching, Cole Ganapulos was 10-0 as a starter at Chattahoochee Valley CC. He had 15 starts, 6 complete games, a 1.62 era, and only 16 bb's vs 95 k's in 89 innings.
Great stats. 16 bb in 89 innings just what we need, a lefty who can throw strikes and go deep into the game.
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