I had a long talk with Matt Hobbs today about his pitching staff. A few notes:
• There are four leading candidates to be starters next season - Patrick Wicklander, Connor Noland, Kole Ramage and Kevin Kopps. Hobbs told me he wants to have six pitchers on each staff that he trusts to start a game. It sounds like Caden Monke has put himself in a position to be a starter, which is not surprising with how well he pitched this fall.
• Closer options right now are Zebulon Vermillion, Elijah Trest and Marshall Denton.
• Mark Adamiak didn’t do a lot this fall, but has been a standout in some of his bullpens lately. Adamiak’s fastball is hitting 93-95 right now. He was committed to Wichita State, but signed late with Arkansas after Todd Butler was let go.
• Caleb Bolden is coming back strong from Tommy John surgery. He threw a great bullpen this week on the one-year anniversary of his surgery.
I’ll have a lot more from that conversation in the coming days, including Hobbs’ thoughts on why he wanted to stay in the college game.