JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The weather is rainy, cold, blah. But I’ve got three words that’ll warm us all up: Baseball is coming.
The elements weren’t in Arkansas State’s favor outdoors but they found a way to get quality work indoors Sunday morning. Tommy Raffo’s Red Wolves fine tuning by using Hit Trax. A-State pitchers and hitters getting more innings on the bump and in the box.
Here’s the scarlet and black talking about practice.
“Our pitchers are able to throw, and our hitters hit, there’s a computerized defense behind our pitchers,” said head coach Tommy Raffo. “So it’s been able to work out good. We’ve gotten a lot of live ABs, a lot of looks. We’d rather be running around outside, but the weather is not going to let it happen. We feel pretty good about the Opening Day lineup, a lot of things were settled in the fall. This team has a really good idea of where everybody’s at in their roles and where they want to play and what they’re going to do.”
Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year Kyle MacDonald pleased to work on his game on a rainy Sunday. “A day like today, where it’s pouring rain out, still get in and get our work done. See live ABs off pitchers and see the ball fly. Sometimes you hit a ball in a cage, you really don’t know where it’s going. But the Hit Trax, you get to see the ball fly so far and how hard you hit it.”
Senior Nate Alberius says the pitching staff will be much improved. “Last year we struggled a lot throwing strikes. This year I think we’re going to have a big turnaround with that. We got a lot of good arms, lot of guys that can throw strikes. And that’s what we’re really focusing on heading into the season.”
Arkansas State opens 2019 with trip to Stephen F. Austin. Game 1 is Friday at 6:30pm, Game 2 Saturday at 2:00pm, Game 3 Sunday at 1:00pm.