CLAREMORE — Senior Kyle Duncan rounds out the trio of weekend starters. The right-handed pitcher tallied an 8-2 record last season with 83 innings of work.
“The biggest surprise of the year might have been Kyle Duncan, giving us quality starts every time he when out from the right side,” Bradley said. “He has worked hard in the preseason and I look for him to pick up right in where he left off. He gives us three quality starters and now we are going to a four-game conference series we will need a fourth starter. We were able to sign two quality pitchers over the summer that will have a chance to make a big impact on our club.”
The Hillcats picked up a pair of pitchers who will vie for the fourth starting role during conference play. Jesus Del Rosario, a senior left-handed pitcher who transferred from Azusa Pacific, and Jesse Baird, a junior right-handed pitcher from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, will look to step into the No. 4 starter role.
The Hillcats will have a variety of pitchers in the bullpen, including a host of lefties. South paw Casey Cassity returns for his fourth and final year on the Hill. The senior from Barnsdall, Okla. could start midweek and come out of the bullpen on the weekend.
“Casey Cassity had some big starts and relief efforts for us last year,” Bradley said. “He has a mind for the game; he is a leader on our pitching staff and a great student. He can come out of the bullpen or start.”
Hailing from Broken Arrow, Okla., sophomores T.J. Law and Mason Marquette could become crucial relief pitchers for the Hillcats.
“TJ Law is knocking on the door to become a key difference maker out of the bullpen,” Bradley said. “He had a good fall and he has matured over the last two years. Mason Marquette is one of those guys with the mindset he can get anyone out. That is the type of approach you want in a relief pitcher.”