October 17, 2012

Fall outfield preview

Mississippi State's outfield saw plenty of shuffling last spring due to injury.

C.T. Bradford, Brent Brownlee and Demarcus Henderson all missed extended time causing the Bulldogs to break in a new outfield rotation.

10 different players started in the outfield for MSU last season including seven different starters in left field and right field.

Brownlee is the only position player lost due to graduation from the roster last spring.

"Brent Brownlee is a high school coach in the Jackson area now and is someone who we're going to miss," Cohen said. "Brent didn't get to play as much last year as we wanted him to. He'd sustained so many injuries throughout his career but he finished up strong. He kept fighting and that was a positive."

Taylor Stark and Phillip Casey also transferred from the team following last season.

Due to those injuries in the spring the redshirt was pulled off of Tyler Fullerton 17 games into the year. Fullerton went on to make 27 starts hitting .215 with eight doubles and 20 runs batted in. He made 23 starts in left field and four in right.

Fullerton spent his summer playing in the Prospect League where he batted .299 with 11 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 23 RBIs.

"Tyler Fullerton had a great summer for us this year," Cohen said. "We think he can be a factor for us. He's somebody that can run and has power for a little guy. We really like who he is. He has really improved as an outfielder which is something he needed to do."

Hunter Renfroe is the only outfielder to make starts at all three positions last season. Renfroe started 15 games in left, 33 in center and a dozen in right. Renfroe started 60 total games for the Diamond Dogs hitting .252 with 16 doubles, four home runs, 25 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

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