College | Story | 4/19/2019

College Notes: April 18

Vincent Cervino         Greg Gerard        
Photo: Cody Greenhill (Auburn Athletics)

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Players covered: Cody Greenhill (Auburn), Garrett Wade (Auburn), Richard Fitts (Auburn), Will Ethridge (Ole Miss), Kameron Misner (Missouri), Jacob Cantleberry (Missouri), Zac Kristofak (Georgia), Emerson Hancock (Georgia).

Cody Greenhill, Auburn
When AC/DC's 'Hells Bells' kick on at Plainsman Park the Auburn faithful know that closer Cody Greenhill is coming into the game and he was once again dominant in earning the save against Ole Miss in the series opener. Greenhill is the living embodiment of a power-pitching closer – he works into the upper-90s, comes right at you and doesn't back down off his stuff as he looks to strike out everyone in his way. 

The delivery is quick-paced, with a higher leg lift as he looks to engage that back hip and drive down the mound. He lands across his body with his front landing leg and the long arm stroke really whips across from there, creating substantial angle upon entry to the strike zone. Perhaps the most surprising stat about Greenhill's two perfect innings was that he only threw one off-speed pitch in 31 pitches. 

Greenhill opted for the tried and true strategy of daring opposing hitters to sit on the fastball and try to hit it, and the Ole Miss hitters struggled to do just that. The physical righthander pounded in fastballs working 93-96 mph and touched 97 mph once with significant arm-side life to the pitch. He did a really excellent job at maintaining his body control and commanding the fastball almost exactly to where he wanted to. The best fastballs came up in the strike zone where he would use the hitters' aggressiveness and the riding life on his fastball to generate some empty swings. The one off-speed pitch he threw, a changeup, came in at 85 mph from a lower slot and showed some running life. 

Greenhill is one of the more important, and dominating, arms on the Auburn staff and Coach Butch Thompson knows what he can get out of his sophomore power arm. With Greenhill throwing bullets at the end of the game, and being extended to come in the most crucial situations, Auburn has to feel comfortable about holding onto leads at the end of games.

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