Donnie Marbut Talks Cougar Baseball
Dec. 8, 2009
WSU HEAD BASEBALL COACH Donnie Marbut ON 2009 FALL
(On WSU's 2010 Postseason Chances)
(On WSU's Leadership)
(On Student-Athletes Who Could See Expanded Playing Time)
"We expect David Stilley, Chad Arnold and Adam Conley to fill up three of the four spots. The four spots are the first three starters and and our closer. Freshman Travis Cook had a really nice fall. Kendall Mayer, A.J. Carman and Richie Ochoa are all freshmen who showed flashes. The returning guys, Seth Harvey, Connor Lambert, James Wise, Rusty Shellhorn and Spencer Jackson give us 13 arms competing for 8-to-9 solid roles."
(On Position Players)
"We don't have a set nine for our lineup. I think Shea Vucinich will bounce back from a tough sophomore year and be our field general. Travis Coulter is going to be in the lineup somewhere. Our leader in the outfielder is Garry Kuykendall and we expect him to be our leadoff hitter. Jay Ponciano had a nice fall. We know about his bat, now we need him to improve defensively."
"Some of our offensive success hinges on our seniors like Matt Fanelli and Michael Weber taking their games to the next level. Weber missed the fall with injury, but that might have been good for him to take some time off and get healthy. It is hard to win games if you don't have great senior leadership."
"Travis Coulter as a redshirt-senior is a catalyst for us offensively and we know we are going to get. If his arm gets healthy defensively, then we have more flexibility. At times last year, Cody Bartlett and Shea Vucinich were dynamic up the middle defensively. They are so skilled in the middle, they have a chance to be as good of defensive combination as there is in the league."
"In the sophomore class, Kyle Johnson had a great fall and we think he is ready to be an impact player. Tommy Richards had an up and down fall, but we feel good about him as a utility infielder. Patrick Claussen saw significant time last season and is ready to see his playing time increase. Derek Jones did not have the fall he wanted to have, but he is really working on becoming a complete player. He doesn't have to carry a team, he just needs to help us win."
(On WSU's Freshmen)
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