Fall baseball is finished and Wichita State baseball pitching coach Mike Pelfrey takes us through the developments – and some Halloween fun. We talk about his starting rotation, newcomers such as outfielder Seth Stroh and shortstop Andrew Stewart and the development of pitchers Connery Peters and Aaron Haase. Pelfrey dives into “spin rates” and how technology figures into coaching. He explains why and how Shocker coaches teach that worshipping velocity can be counterproductive for pitchers.
Junior pitcher Liam Eddy discusses the Shocker World Series, how adding a cutter expanded his repertoire and helped him rebound from a disappointing 2019 season. He reveals his father’s game-day superstitions and talks about hunting in Colorado.
The Shockers open their home schedule this weekend with a three-game series against Texas Southern. Senior Preston Snavely, one of three Shocker starters who turned in strong effort in the season-opening series, gets you ready for the season. He discusses the evolution of his beard, baseball superstitions and routines, how he’s dealt with coaching changes at Wichita State, his plans for a career in law enforcement and why catchers calling pitches helped in the opening weekend.
Mike Sirianni discusses fall scrimmages against Nebraska and Missouri State, his return to Wichita State and his connection to former Shocker great Casey Blake. He explains how coaches evaluated their new team and updates the fall performances of Shockers such as Hunter Gibson and Paxton Wallace.