Mainieri talks about 2020 baseball season, Sanford
With fall practice just concluded, LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said that he has a good feeling about his upcoming 2020 baseball squad.
“We just finished fall practice and I think we made a lot of progress,” Mainieri told The Daily Review following his speech at Monday’s St. Mary Outreach benefit dinner. “Certainly our pitching staff is going to be the strength of our team, but as our young position players gain more and more experience, I think they’re going to come into their own. I feel like by the end of the season, we’re going to have a really strong team.”
This year’s squad features an incoming recruiting class that was ranked No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball magazine and No. 7 by Baseball America.
One member of that incoming class hails from the Tri-City Area in Berwick High alum and freshman outfielder Mitchell Sanford.
“Mitchell Sanford’s done a lot of good things this fall,” Mainieri said. “He’s got what I call the ‘IT factor’. He’s just got it. He’s got something about him that makes you believe that he’s going to come through in clutch situations, so I’m anxious to see how he continues to grow as a player and become more consistent. He’s certainly made a good impression this fall.”
LSU, which finished the 2019 season with a 40-26 record and advanced to an NCAA Super Regional, will open the 2020 season at home with a three-game series against Indiana, beginning Feb. 14.