From staff and press reports
Mississippi State associate head baseball coach Butch Thompson one of college baseball’s top assistant baseball coaches according to Perfect Game USA, provided the Louisville Rotary Club with a glimpse at the 2013 baseball team.
Thompson, a native of Amory, directed the development of a Bulldog pitching staff that compiled an SEC-leading 2.58 staff earned run average, the second-best ERA in college baseball last spring. State’s staff ERA dropped by 3.32 runs over the past two years, helping propel Mississippi State to the 2012 SEC Baseball Tournament championship and the program’s 32nd advancement to NCAA postseason competition.
Thompson also noted that MSU received a 13th ranking in national preseason baseball polls.
Thompson answered questions about the upcoming 2013 season as well as the 2012 season where he coached a pair of All-American hurlers, junior right-hander Chris Stratton (11-2, 2.38 ERA), a first-round selection and signee of the San Francisco Giants, and rookie relief ace Jonathan Holder (0.32, 2-1, 9 saves), who established a school record when he opened his career with 27-1/3 innings of shutout pitching.
Thompson noted that baseball season would soon be upon the team with the first game Feb. 15.
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