Some other notes that I wrote down from yesterday:
• I’m continually impressed when I watch and listen to Bobby Wernes coach. He might be the loudest voice on the field. He did a couple of things that stood out to me yesterday. First, after a strikeout, Max Soliz whipped the ball down to third base. That’s a no-no at Arkansas. Wernes looked at him and calmly said, “Max, We don’t do that. Throw it back to the pitcher.” He is also constantly encouraging the hitters and saying, “Work hard for (insert the next hitter’s name).” Volunteers typically work on two-year agreements. I think someone will give Wernes a shot at a full-time role next year.
• Zack Morris’ pitches have a lot of sink to them. I thought he showed a good curveball yesterday.
• I was impressed with Dylan Carter, the right hander from Bentonville West who played last season at Crowder College in Neosho. He walked Brady Slavens on a 3-1 pitch with two outs, but that was his only blemish against a stacked part of the order that included Drake Varnado and Robert Moore.
• Cayden Wallace looks great at the plate. Before the home run yesterday, he drilled a double to left field off of Nathan Rintz. This is potentially a draft year for him (the 2022 draft date hasn’t been set and he is borderline draft eligible) and I think he’s going to have a big year.
• Drake Varnado is going to show some power. He swings hard.
• There were approximately 60 people in the stands, including about 10 scouts yesterday. It was great to be back at the ballpark. You can learn so much about a team this time of year.