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Gamecocks vs Clemson Baseball Preview: Will Crowe Moves Up

UPDATED*** Changes in the Gamecock rotation as Will Crowe has moved up to pitch on Friday. Jack Wynkoop will move to Saturday and Sunday has yet to be announced. Josh Reagan has been the Sunday starter but as of right now the Gamecocks have listed it as TBA.

This appears to open the door for Clarke Schmidt to start on Sunday. We said last week that we project the weekend SEC schedule rotation to be Crowe, Wynkoop and Schmidt. Chad Holbrook looks like he is open to the idea of getting that rotation set up for Clemson as well. Stay tuned.

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John Farrell Praises JBJ

Yesterday we updated you on the status of Jackie Bradley Jr with the Boston Red Sox, today there is more news coming out of Red Sox camp. Manager John Farrell and GM Ben Cherington came out today and said it is a three way battle for the starting center-field spot for the Red Sox. 
That battle will be between Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts and of course JBJ. As we mentioned yesterday, JBJ appears to be the odd man out, at least for this season. Rusney Castillo signed a $72 million contract last season while Betts has passed JBJ on the Red Sox prospect charts. More than likely JBJ will spend most of the year in AAA. That didn't stop Red Sox manager John Farrell from praising Bradley. Here is what Farrell had to say along with some quotes from JBJ:
“He’s working to establish himself more as an offensive player,” manager John Farrell said. “In my mind, he’s the best center fielder in baseball. I’m not afraid of saying that. He’s an extremely talented guy. There have been some offensive …

Jackie Bradley Jr Update

There was a report last week that the Braves were interested in trading for Jackie Bradley Jr. While true, it doesn't look like that will be happening anytime soon. The Braves did contact the Red Sox early in the offseason about Bradley but a deal could not be reached and the talks died. According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, a source in on the talks indicated that the Sox still hold Bradley in very high regard.

Bradley is a long shot to make the Red Sox active roster out of Spring Training this year. The Sox outfield is loaded. Hanley Ramirez was signed in the offseason to play left field. Rusney Castillo was signed towards the end of last season to play centerfield. Shane Victorino appears healthy and ready to be back in right field. Mookie Betts passed Bradley on the Red Sox prospect ladder last year and he is in the mix for a starting outfield spot as well.  Then there is Allen Craig who plays the corner outfield spots and first base.
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Inside the Numbers: Fantastic Freshmen!

The Gamecocks went 4-0 this week as the freshman stood out. Alex Destino is a freshman cleanup hitter playing for a ranked team in the SEC. He has been as good as advertised. Destino has two homers on the season and both were important. These weren't meaningless homers when the game was out of reach. These were homers that changed the game.
Clarke Schmidt, another freshman picked up two wins in relief this week and it is clear that he could be the answer for one of the weekend rotation spots. Will he get the start this Sunday at home against Clemson? That has yet to be announced. Look for rotation order of Will Crowe, Jack Wynkoop and Schmidt real soon.
While the freshmen have looked good, so have the sophomores. Taylor Widener looks to be a lights out closer while the Conway Kid, Jordan Gore is quickly becoming a fan favorite. Not only is this team talented but they are very young. The program has definitely reloaded!
NEXT WEEK  2/24/15 - Davidson - 4 p.m. 
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Obama Wants Your Gamecock Club Money

Well...not exactly but President Obama has submitted his new budget proposal which includes the elimination of the tax breaks on college booster club donations.

As many of you know, your donation to the Gamecock Club gets you points which enable you access to season tickets for all Gamecock sports. These donations can be written off on your taxes up to 80%. The new budget proposal would end that write off. It is estimated the Government would save $2.5 billion over ten years with the elimination of this tax break. Will this effect how much people donate? 
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Inside the Numbers: Widener is the Answer

The Gamecocks are off to a 2-1 start thanks to a doubleheader sweep this past Saturday over a very good College of Charleston team.

Jordan Gore and Taylor Widener are my stars of the week. Will Crowe deserves mention as well but his dominant performance on Saturday was expected and something the Gamecocks are counting on.
Jordan Gore started at SS and LF, seemed to be involved in every big play and there were reports he was so mad after Friday's loss he wanted to fight some of his teammates. He is being compared to Adrian Morales in terms of his personality, the kind of guy that championship teams tend to have on his roster.
Taylor Widener made one appearance and it was a good enough. He did walk three but he also struck out six in his 2 plus innings of work. The most important aspect is that Widener appears to be the closer instead of in the rotation. Great decision by Holbrook. Widener is a lot like Matt Price in that he is more valuable and more effective in the closer role t…

Road to Omaha: Gamecock Roster Preview

We posted yesterday all the individual talent that is in the SEC and how the Gamecocks do not have one player on their roster who made the Top 30 list of draft eligible players. Holbrook has also been quoted as saying the Gamecocks won't "out-talent" teams this season. So what does it all mean?

Here is what we know, the Gamecocks appear to have a great defensive infield, a lineup deep with guys who make contact and get on base and a ton of talented arms that can be effective in the rotation and the bullpen. Are their question marks? Of course. Grayson Greiner and Jordan Montgomery are gone. It is tough to replace your best pitcher and your best player. However, this is a team that can be a lot like the 2010 team. Am I predicting a magical run to the National Championship? That is tough to do in February but this team has more pieces to get there than the last two Gamecock teams. We will find out a lot about this team right away as the Gamecocks face off against the Col…