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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team held its annual pro scout day Thursday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Approximately 40 scouts were on hand as head coach Greg Beals ran his team through a series of drills before a simulated game.
“It’s good that scouts are able to see some live action not only for the pitchers but the hitters as well,” Beals said. “I want our players to see that people are watching, people care about what they’re doing. This is Ohio State baseball and there are a lot of good players here. We had a good turnout with a lot of scouts here today.”
In all, 18 Buckeyes have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft during Beals’ tenure after Dominic Canzone (eighth round) and Andrew Magno (15th round) were taken this past June.
Locker room lined up for today’s scout day. Expecting nice crowd of scouts to check out this strong group of Buckeyes #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/YTzAIIidL5
— Greg Beals (@bealsy9) September 26, 2019
Ohio State returns 21 letterwinners from the 2019 Big Ten Tournament championship team. The Buckeyes, whose 36 wins in 2019 were the second-most in Beals’ nine seasons in Columbus, welcome back six starting position players and all three weekend starters while trying to build on their third NCAA Regional appearance in the last four seasons.
“I like where we’re at,” Beals added. “We’re pushing harder than we’ve ever pushed. I don’t want to think the status quo is good enough. I don’t want them to think that we won a Big Ten Tournament championship, we played in the NCAA Tournament and have a bunch of guys back so we’re good to go. We need to do better and that’s been our push all fall. We want our leaders to play their tails off. We want them to lead by example. It’s important that they let the younger guys understand the expectations of what we want as a program.”
The Buckeyes are set to open their fall slate against Dayton at 1 p.m. Sunday in Columbus before a 2 p.m. contest against Western Carolina Oct. 13 at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio. After the conclusion of their two-game fall schedule, the Buckeyes will play their annual Scarlet and Gray series starting Oct. 17. Dates and times for those games are below. Admission to all fall games at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium is free.