Baseball Practices For First Time
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Three weeks remain before the Oregon State baseball team’s first game, Feb. 13 in Surprise, Ariz., and that meant that it was time for the Beavers to get their first team practice in.
Friday’s workout lasted approximately three hours. The club, which held its annual media day on Thursday, will have a more youthful look this season. Gone are starters Michael Conforto, Dylan Davis, Kavin Keyes and Andy Peterson. And Ben Wetzler, Jace Fry and Scott Schultz are no longer on the hill.
Fear not. The back-to-back Pac-12 champion Beavers don’t look at that as a challenge. They look at it as an opportunity.
“There’s a bunch of news guys who have to step up, and they’re going to,” junior Jeff Hendrix said during Thursday’s media day. “They’ve already started to prove themselves. It’s going to be fun to see who emerges.”
Hendrix referred to fall and individual workouts which helped acclimate the newcomers to the program. The Beavers return 16 letterwinners from last season, which means there will be 19 first-year players.
Five freshmen Beavers were selected in the 2014 Major League draft but did not sign. They are Joe Gillette (23rd round, St. Louis); KJ Harrison (25th round, Cleveland); Elliott Cary (32nd round, Washington); Michael Gretler (39th round, Boston), and Drew Rasmussen (39th round, Arizona).
“I like our freshman class, it’s one of the better ones we’ve had,” head coach Pat Casey said. “They will have an opportunity to play. We’ll have to play four freshmen, and we’ll have freshmen on the mound.
“It’s wide-open, and that’s a strength because there will be a lot of competition. We will have more interchangeable parts. Somebody will surprise us, like they always do.
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