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Sunday, March 3, 2019

College Notes: March 2

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Photo: JT Ginn (Trevor Birchett, Mississippi State Athletics)

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Player covered: JT Ginn (Mississippi State), Caleb Kilian (Texas Tech), Nick Mikolajchak (Sam Houston State), Nate Fisher (Nebraska), Asa Lacy (Texas A&M), Bryce Miller (Texas A&M), Brandon Williamson (TCU), Jake Eissler (TCU), Hunter McMahon (Texas State), Zachary Leigh (Texas State), Evan Kravetz (Rice), Jackson Rutledge (San Jacinto).

JT Ginn, Mississippi State
Probably one of the most heralded freshmen to arrive on a college campus this season, JT Ginn does not disappoint and delivered on the hype that followed him to Starkville for the 2019 season. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound righthanded pitcher displays poise and polish well beyond his years. Facing his first start away from home, Ginn drew the assignment of facing a top 5-ranked Texas Tech squad that entered the contest averaging over 10 runs a game. The physically built and athletic Ginn proved he was up to the task by scattering three hits over seven complete innings and allowing just two runs on the night.

Showing functional strength and nice range of motion in his lower half, the freshman unleashed a barrage of powerful offerings to keep the Red Raiders off balance. From a high-three-quarters arm slot, Ginn repeats his delivery consistently, allowing him to tunnel a powerful fastball with both arm-side run, and at times, cutting action in the 91-95 mph range. Both directions of the pitch are thrown with downhill plane and intent, consistently landing at the bottom of the strike zone. Ginn’s use of his lower half allows him to create power and maintain direction to his target, which also lends him to being extremely consistent with his release point and command.

He also shows a power slider as his most consistent secondary pitch. With 11-to-5 shape, hard and late biting action and with enough depth to get hitters’ bats started, Ginn’s slider shows to be above average and even plus at times. Through the first five innings the slider sat in the 86-87 mph range, but even as the outing extended and the velocity dipped slightly the action of pitch remained the same. Coupled with the feel for a fading changeup, that was not used as much on this night, Ginn shows why the Dodgers selected him with the 30thoverall selection in the 2018 MLB first-year player draft.

Unfortunately for the opponents of Mississippi State they will see a heavy dose of Ginn for at least the better part of the next three seasons. It will be intriguing to see how much Ginn can improve over that time span, but it would not be surprising to see his decision to attend school actually look like an even better decision in the future.

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