- Aug 26, 2011
UConn in @ #20 (ECU @ #11)
UConn is going to need plenty of Friday night wins from Feole this season, as Kersten needs to show that he can be effective against quality lineups and Dunlop with all his potential just needs to develop into a consistent starter just as Wills Montgomerie did before him. Until that time, UConn really needs to pick up Friday night wins.
Mason Feole on 3rd team AA
I concur. Another possible candidate for getting a midweek starter chance is Joe Simeone. Assuming the plan to move Chase Gardner to the bullpen sticks, the Huskies would need either Simeone or a freshman pitcher for possible starts in the midweek. This gets even more important if Kersten or Dunlop wash out as weekend starters.Will be interesting to see what if any freshman step up as far as pitchers are concerned. Would have to think 2-3 are gonna get an opportunity to see either work out of pen or mid week work as spot starters.
Also will be interesting to see who does and doesn’t make spring roster. There were a lot of guys on the fall team. Will be some interesting cuts coming up.
Aside from the pitchers mentioned above, there are two other non freshman and redshirt freshmen currently on the roster. Junior Randy Polonia hasn't pitched the last two seasons due to injuries, and I don't recall him getting mentioned as getting any mound time during any of the fall ball games, so who knows if he is ready to pitch. As a freshman he showed an impressive slider along with lots of control issues. The other non freshmen pitcher is California JUCO Ken Haus, who I would think would be an early season candidate to get some time in middle relief.I concur. Another possible candidate for getting a midweek starter chance is Joe Simeone. Assuming the plan to move Chase Gardner to the bullpen sticks, the Huskies would need either Simeone or a freshman pitcher for possible starts in the midweek. This gets even more important if Kersten or Dunlop wash out as weekend starters.
One interesting thing concerning the pitching staff is that the pitchers who figure to be relied upon most are for the most part either seniors or juniors who very well could be drafted. Juniors figuring to be drafted are Feole and Wallace, one heading the starting rotation and the other being the main cog in the back of the bullpen. Senior Kersten is right now considered the Saturday starter. Seniors Dandeneau and Gardner currently figure to see a lot of key innings out of bullpen. In addition to these guys, it would surprise me if senior Avery Santos gets a good look in relief as well. If this all happens, six out of the seven top pitchers (Dunlop would be the other) would likely not be on the team in 2020 due to graduation or getting drafted. All of which makes it doubly important that some of the other young pitchers on the team have a good showing this season, not only to give some depth to the pitching staff, but to have a hope of having a serviceable Husky pitching staff for the 2020 season.
No question the upcoming roster cuts are going to be interesting.
Those Chris Jones interviews with the coaches are absolutely priceless for the UConn baseball fan. Lots of info on the team comes out in them. These interviews and the posting of the spring roster are the two things I most look forward to at this time of year.Patiently awaiting the positional preview videos from the coaching staff