msu/fair grove winter hitting camp
OVER CHRISTMAS BREAK, MISSOURI STATE BASEBALL PUT ON A HITTING CAMP FOR FAIR GROVE PLAYERS. THERE WERE 32 KIDS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE CAMP. IT WAS A TWO-DAY, 6-HOUR EVENT THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE BILL ROWE INDOOR FACILITY AT HAMMONS FIELD. PLAYERS WERE INSTRUCTED BY FUTURE COLLEGE BASEBALL HALL OF FAMERS KEITH GUTTIN AND BRENT THOMAS AS WELL AS CURRENT AND FORMER PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYERS AND SCOUTS. THE CAMP GAVE PLAYERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET A HEAD START ON THE UPCOMING SEASON AS WELL AS LEARN NEW DRILLS THAT WILL HELP IMPROVE THEIR HITTING ABILITY. THE PLAYERS ALSO GOT A CLOSE LOOK AT CURRENT PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES ALL-STAR PITCHER, COLE HAMELS GOING THROUGH HIS THROWING ROUTINE AT THE INDOOR FACILITY. SEE A FULL PROFILE OF THE INSTRUCTORS BELOW
KEITH GUTTIN, MSU HEAD COACH
One of the most successful baseball coaches in Missouri Valley Conference history, Keith Guttin began his MSU head coaching career in 1983, and has spent the past 30 seasons building the Bears into one of the top programs in the country. Under Guttin, the Bears have won 61 percent of their games, averaging 34 victories a year and racking up eight 40-win seasons. Last spring, Guttin became the 46th Division I baseball coach and the third Valley bench boss to reach the 1,000 career-win mark with the Bears 3-2 victory over Northwestern State on March 3rd.
BRENT THOMAS, MSU HITTING/OUTFIELDERS COACH
A veteran assistant coach who's been at Missouri State alongside Bears' Head Coach, Keith Guttin since he took over the baseball reins in 1983, Brent Thomas is one of the senior assistants in the Missouri Valley Conference as he enters his 31st year on the MSU staff. Thomas has been the Bears' first base coach for six Mid-Continent Conference Championship years, MVC titles in '96, '97, '01, '03 and '09, and all eight of the Bears' trips to the NCAA tournament. In addition to coaching, Thomas' duties include academic evaluations of players and game administration, as well as working with hitters and outfielders.
jamie sheetz, msu volunteer assistant
Jamie Sheetz returns to Missouri State for his third stint on the Bears' coaching staff in 2012, after previously serving as the program's volunteer assistant from 1999 through 2001, as well as during the 2008 season. In this capacity, Sheetz serves as a hitting instructor and works with the MSU infielders.
tony piazza, former msu bear, area scout, az diamondbacks
Tony helped the '03 Missouri state bears to the College World Series. He was drafted that summer by the New York Mets where he reached the Triple-A level. He is currently an area scout with the Arizona diamondbacks.
matt lawson, former msu player; currently with cleveland indians
Acquired by the Cleveland Indians from the Seattle Mariners on March 12, 2011, in exchange for left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey. Acquired by the Seattle Mariners with infielder Justin Smoak and right-handed pitchers Josh Lueke and Blake Beavan from the Texas Rangers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee and right-handed pitcher Mark Lowe on July 9, 2010. Originally selected by the Rangers in the 14th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Missouri State University.
seth conner, toronto blue jays
Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 41st round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Logan-Rogersville High School in Rogersville, Mo.
brett marshall, former msu bear
Marshall was a four-year starter as a catcher and infielder at Glendale High in Springfield...Marshall's Glendale Falcons tied for first in the league with a 7-2 record his senior season, and he put up a .330 batting average, 20 RBIs and 10 extra-base hits to earn all-conference, all-Ozarks and second-team all-state honors...Was a first-team all-Ozarks and all-conference choice as a junior as well, hitting .326 for a conference championship team that was ranked 10th in Missouri by MoSports.com. Named GHS Rookie of the Year as a freshman, and hit .314 with time on the varsity team as an eighth-grader.
koby peebles, current msu player
Peebles saw action in 23 games, including 13 starts, in his first year as a Bear...Started six of the Bears' first seven games as DH. Went 1-for-4 with a walk in his MSU debut vs. Tennessee Tech (Feb. 17)...Was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a run scored the following day in the Bears' first win of the season against Tennessee Tech...Drove in his first run Feb. 24 vs. Stephen F. Austin...Doubled for the first time as a Bear against Purdue (March 13)...Walked four times in six plate appearances, scoring twice in the Bears' three-game sweep of Creighton (March 23-25)...Reached base safely in 13 of his 19 games...Doubled, walked and drove in a run in the Bears' 9-8 win over Kansas (March 27)...Registered a pinch-hit, RBI single May 4 vs. Air Force...Hit .331 with 17 RBIs over 37 games during his second summer stint with Sedalia.
patrick drake, current msu player
Drake appeared in 43 games for the Bears as a sophomore, including 18 starts in the MSU outfield...Batted .333 (8-for-24) and slugged .500 in MVC play...Hit by pitch four times to rank third on the club...Doubled for the first time in 2012 to drive home the game-winning RBI in a 10-4 victory over Illinois State (April 14); also stole a base and scored to help MSU wrap up its two-game sweep of the Redbirds...Recorded his second outfield assist of the season April 22 at Wichita State...Went 3-for-3 with a walk during the Bears' three-game series with SIU, April 27-29...Went 2-for-3 and hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning of the Bears' 7-5 win at Indiana State on May 18...Collected hits in three of his six at-bats in MSU's three-game series with Indiana State (May 17-19).