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Florida’s A.J. Puk is scheduled to pitch in Sunday’s game against #10 Mississippi State. He pitched one inning last Sunday. He was removed from the game after throwing one pitch in the second inning. In the first, he faced 3 batters, struck out two, and retired the other on a ground out. He threw 11 pitches. He reached 97 mph in the first. Early reports were that he was having back spasms. On the season in 7 games, Puk has an ERA of 3.38, and a 1-2 record. He has walked 12 and struck out 36 in 29.1 innings. Opposing batters are hitting .193 against him.
Oklahoma’s Alec Hansen pitched an inning in relief on Tuesday, April 5th after being removed from the rotation the preceding weekend. He pitched against Dallas Baptist and threw 24 pitches while facing 4 batters. He walked one and struck out one. He threw a wild pitch and balked. He didn’t allow a run and retired the other two batters on a ground out and a fly out.
With Puk’s back problem and Hansen’s pitching problems, other candidates may begin looking more attractive at 1:1, especially if neither is able to turn it around. Maybe even these two, even though they are both prep pitchers.
Riley Pint was reported to have thrown 95-97 mph, T99 in his first inning against Blue Valley SW on Tuesday. According to multiple scouts’ radar guns Pint hit 99 mph at least 3 times in the first inning. Pint struck out the side in the second inning. Of 19 pitches in the 2nd, only 4 were under 95 mph.
Jason Groome pitched in front of Matt Klentak, Joe Jordan, and Johnny Almarez on Tuesday. He was on a 60-pitch limit and lasted one batter into the fifth inning who reached when hit by Groome’s 59th and last pitch for the day. Groome’s line 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP. His FB was 91-93, CB 75-78 with bite. Afterwards, Groome commented that he hadn’t thrown many change ups.
- Groome walked a batter in the first,
- struck out the side in the second on 12 pitches,
- allowed a soft single to the right side in the third,
- and struck out the side in the 4th on 10 pitches (56 total at this point).
- I got my info from BA’s Hudson Belinsky. He had this to say about other reports …
Jason Groome wasnt up to 95 the other day, as others have written. I didn’t even have a single 94. I had the gun on him the entire game.