October 26, 2013

Butch Thompson Working Younger Arms

Lost in all of the mayhem of the Diamond Dawgs making their first trip to the College World Series final was a man sitting in the dugout who transformed the MSU pitching staff. Butch Thompson has taken players that might be true freshmen beginning their college careers or players that are at the tail end of theirs and he makes the changes necessary to not only make them better, but make the team a threat.

Thompson has been more than a valuable asset to the Bulldog coaching staff since arriving with John Cohen years ago and he's been a hot commodity in coaching circles outside of Starkville yet he still remains in the home-side dugout. It's something that Bulldog fans and the head man himself don't take for granted as Thompson helped lead MSU to that coveted National Championship on the backs of a stout MSU bullpen.

This season, Thompson has the luxury of handling one of MSU's top classes to date. A locked and loaded group with lots of potential is simply that. He said there's a long way to go but he likes the tools he has to work with and mold into future All-American caliber athletes.

"I like their make-up; I like how they were raised. I respect that from observing it through the recruiting process. I like their track record of what they've done before they got here and the success that they've had. I like their projection, but that's not where we are currently. We're basically in the stage at where this is where you're at and this is not where you want to end up. So myself, every one of our catchers, infielders and anyone involved in the program need to keep working and striving to get better. Projection means you're not all the way there yet but they're at a good starting point. All they have to live up to is trying to be the best pitcher that they can and every day that they come out to work try to get better."

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