Bianco talks fall baseball | Ole Miss Sports

Some highlights here from a fall baseball discussion with Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco earlier in the week. Interesting comments on sophomore right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl in here. Bianco really likes what he’s seeing from Wahl. The Rebels will scrimmage again today and this weekend. …

Generally speaking: “We’ve seen a lot of good. Lot of new faces, getting to know those kids and what they bring, and the veterans, guys who have been here before, trying to figure out how much improvement they’ve made, different positions and roles, and like we do every fall just implementing our system and trying to get all the information out there.” …

On the young pitching: “Really they’ve done well. There’s been a lot more positives with the newcomers, especially this class, which is an outstanding recruiting class, pitching-dominated, and through the first few weeks you see guys like Buchanan and Laxer, Ellis and Chavez and others, Greenwood pitched great this past weekend, a lot of new faces doing well on the mound.”

On the need for the new guys to contribute: “It’s huge. When you lose three SEC starters and you’re starting over. We did that a year ago, and it didn’t work out too well. Certainly it doesn’t just have to come from the newcomers. Certainly Bobby Wahl, you would assume he’s going to be one of those guys if not the Friday night guy, and he’s been terrific, coming off a good freshman year but even a better summer in the Cape. He looks strong, looks confident and looks like he’s ready to become the ace. Other guys, Hively, Meyers, Huber, other guys who have been in the program for a year or two, along with those new guys we’ve got to find the right mix, got to find three guys who can win on the weekend and a couple of relievers out of the bullpen.”

More on Wahl: “It’s tough to judge kids from year to year. Bobby at this point last year was a typical freshman in the sense that he was kind of finding himself. You come in the first month get beaten down physically and mentally, the normal transition to school but then you’re doing more than you’ve ever done in the weight room and other things. Then in the spring, his first start he pitched pretty good, then he had the rain delay against Arknasas State, then he comes back with the tender elbow, and he’s out four weeks or so. He really missed the preseason, the non-conference games early on to where he could have gotten his feet wet a little bit, gain some confidence. He had to get his feet wet against Kentucky and LSU, in conference games where he did well but at times didn’t finish the way he would have liked to. That’s why the summer was so important with him, to have success against some really good competition up in the Cape Cod League. He made the all-star team, he only closed there, but Bobby was a starter in high school. We think it’s in him and so far we’ve seen that n pitching two and three innings at a time.” …