"I think because of the ability to transition outside a lot earlier, we have a much greater comfort level in what they can give us outside this weekend. So all the guys that are starting this weekend should be able to give us at least seven innings if their pitch count's efficient."They also have online audio of a talk with Kyle Gibson:
"The great pitchers are defined by what they do when they don't have their best
■ Rivals.com begins its weekly power rankings this week. Trevor Coleman is #5 among Catchers, Kyle Gibson is 9th among pitchers, and Aaron Senne comes in at 10th among outfielders.
LSU's Blake Dean is the cream of the crop in the outfield category, while Arizona State's Jason Kipnis and Tennessee's Kentrail Davis also are elite hitters. Elon expects another huge campaign from Cory Harrilchak, while Marshall's Nate Lape is expected to become a household name this season. Missouri's Aaron Senne is the wild card at this position.
■ USA Baseball released its 2009 Golden Spike Award watch list, which includes MU's Kyle Gibson.
On May 26, USA Baseball officials will cut the watch list of players to 30 names. The final list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of select professional baseball personnel, past USA Baseball National Team coaches, select members of the media, former USA Baseball sports information directors, and current USA Baseball staff - close to 150 voters in total.
Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2009. May 26 will also mark the day when college baseball fans from across the country will be able to
vote for their favorite player for the Golden Spikes Award on http://www.goldenspikesaward.com/. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose five players from the list of 30 names. On June 2, USA Baseball will announce the five finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.