Several weeks ago we reached out to Aaron Fitt, senior college baseball writer at Baseball America, to share his thoughts on the 2012 edition of the Mississippi State baseball team. I didn't really know how much I would get back from him, seeing as he is in the height of busy season for a college baseball writer.
Not only was Aaron kind enough to respond, but he responded with some in-depth (and kind) words on what he sees out of Mississippi State this year. Here's what he had to say:
I think Mississippi State has an extremely exciting club, and if the young infield gels this team could get back to a super regional or beyond. The depth of power arms on the pitching staff looks really special, from Chris Stratton and Evan Mitchell in the rotation to Caleb Reed and Taylor Stark in the back of the bullpen. I think the lineup will be very athletic, and the only thing that kept MSU out of our Top 25 (they were team No. 26 in our internal deliberations) is the uncertainty in the infield. It's not easy to break in new starters behind the plate and all over the infield -- those guys are talented, but also unproven. One of the most important things in this era of college baseball is to minimize mistakes defensively, so how Adam Frazier and DeMarcus Henderson handle the middle infield and Darryl Norris and Trey Porter do on the corners is of vital importance. It's entirely possible that all those guys emerge into quality everyday players; if they do, the Bulldogs will be very dangerous in June.
First pitch is this Friday #HailState