MSU Media Day: Reid Humphreys

Mississippi State junior Reid Humphreys talks about his return to the mound for the first time in nearly four years. Humphreys is working in the outfield, third base and the Bulldogs’ closer this season. Find out what his expectations are to help the team bounce back this spring.

On transitioning to a pitcher…

“I have always been open to it. I knew it was something I wanted to try out and see. I have not really tried to pitch in a few years. I wanted to see for myself what could happen. Coach (Wes) Johnson came in and has helped me come a long way from where I was. I feel really comfortable pitching now.”

On Wes Johnson…

“He knows about the arm and how the body works. I could always throw well, but I would throw 15 pitches and then be sore for four days. Now, I threw yesterday and do not even feel sore today. He just knows a lot about the arm and how it works. He knows the right drills to help when something hurts. He gives me things to do on the side in my own time that will help me.”

On his role in 2016…

“I still want to be in the lineup every day. We are going to have to work and figure out a good plan to be able to play and pitch. I still plan to do everything.”

On hitting the reset button in 2016…

“Last year was not a good year for us. It kind of snowballed on us. We did not feel like we were going to be a bad team last year, but things did not go our way. We had a lot of guys last year that had the potential to do what they are doing now, but now they know what they are capable of. It was a mental thing for a lot of us, but we have a lot of confidence now.

On maturing as a leader…

“My freshman and sophomore years did not really go the way I wanted. For my team speech this year I really wanted to tell the younger guys things that I have learned. There have been a lot of good speeches this year. I wanted to talk to the younger guys and the transfer guys, and give them an idea of what is coming. No one really did that for us when we were freshmen. I wanted to reassure every guy that they are good enough to play. That was a big thing when I was a freshman. I was having success in the fall, but when the season came I was not sure if I could hang with these guys. Here I was in Alex Box Stadium as a freshman, and did not know if I could hang with these guys. I just wanted to tell them that they are good enough. I have watched every single one of them and they have what it takes.”

On improving in the summer…

“I got to go off and play in a league that has had so many good players. Getting to go to the Cape Cod League and get the experience of succeeding and doing well, really helped me.”

On the possibility of being a closer in 2016…

“I did it in high school but still have not done it on a college level. I feel like coach Johnson has a good plan for me. We have so many good arms that we still do not know who is going to be the closer. Honestly, I feel like whoever we throw out there is going to get the job done.”

On when he decided to try pitching…

“I started at the very end of the fall. I just said I was going to try to throw a bullpen and see where it goes from there. I threw one bullpen and liked where I was, and we moved on from there.”

On the toughest thing about being a closer…

“Obviously the last three outs are the toughest to get. It is almost what you make it out to be. I think if you say ‘I am going to go get these three outs like it is the first inning’ then you will have success. I just want to go out there and get the job done.”

On the importance of the closer role…

It is very important. Our whole season could have been completely different last year if we had had success in the eighth and ninth innings. We were clearly missing that one piece. I think it is very important and I think we have at least four guys in the running for that closer spot.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

Posted in Baseball Tagged with:


Want Email Updates? Warning... We Update Often

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 635 other subscribers