CWS Analysis: Randall Dominant

National Baseball Expert
Posted Jun 28, 2011


Florida dropped game one of the College World Series, but they certainly can’t blame starting pitching. Right-hander, Hudson Randall, was as good as it gets over the course of seven plus innings before finally getting touched, and his success, as always, could be attributed to his pitching aptitude more so than his raw stuff.

Randall Mixes Speeds, Dominates South Carolina

Hudson Randall isn’t a pitcher that typically touches more than 90-91 mph on the radar gun. But his feel for pitching and ability to locate his secondary pitches are what made him so successful on this night and on so many other nights this season. And, that’s exactly how the sophomore slowed the South Carolina lineup on Monday night. Changing speeds and locating are and always will be what Randall is all about.

The lanky righty pounded the strike zone throughout the game, working mostly at 89-90 mph, mixing in his changeup and breaking ball expertly. He was particularly effective using his big fading changeup against the Gamecock’s lefties. It’s a difficult lineup to subdue and Randall managed to do it beautifully on the strength of his secondary arsenal.

Looking further down the road, Randall may not be the type of pitcher that has scouts drooling come draft time, but he’s certainly a top five round talent come next June. His delivery is free and easy with some good deception, and his stuff is close to average across the board. While he won’t be pitching at the front of a big league rotation anytime in the near or distant future, his polish and poise are undeniable even at this young age. And, that poise showed up in a big way in the World Series opener.

Notes

- The Florida offense needs to get going and that is of course an obvious statement. Their pitching came through in game one, but they desperately need their big bats in Mike Zunino and Preston Tucker to get going in a hurry. There is some more vulnerability in the South Carolina pitching staff in comparison to the Gators’, and they need these middle of the order bats to do some feasting on that underbelly. Each picked up a hit on Monday night, but it’s the power and production that they are going to need. Zunino is probably pretty worn down at this stage in the season, but this is what happens when one of your offensive stars is also a catcher.

- Jackie Bradley Jr. could be a major key in this series, particularly if runs continue to be at a premium. He went hitless in game one, but if he can get going and get his legs involved in the game, it could give South Carolina a major lift.


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