NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU baseball team hosted “Scout Day” on Wednesday, Sept. 21, giving some 15 MLB organizations’ representatives a chance to take a look at the 2006 Sooners at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Scouts from the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and the MLB Scouting Bureau were among those in attendance.
The Sooners showcased their talents by participating in a 60-yard dash, batting practice, fielding/throwing drills and a five-inning intrasquad scrimmage.
“We had a nice turnout here today,” said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. “This was a successful day and it is something we hope to turn into an annual event.”
During the scrimmage, each of the ten draft-eligible pitchers (juniors and seniors) had a chance to throw half an inning of work.
The Sooners opened fall practice on Sept. 4 with 14 newcomers and welcomed back 22 members off a 2005 squad which went 35-26 overall and 14-13 in Big 12 Conference play, finished fifth in the league and made an appearance for the second consecutive year at the NCAA Tournament.
So far after two and a half weeks of practice, including numerous intrasquad scrimmages, several returners and newcomers have stood out offensively and defensively, including: Joe Dunigan, Chuckie Caufield, Jon Shackelford, Ryan Rohlinger, Kody Kaiser, Kevin Smith, Aaron Reza and Jimmie Rollins.
“I have already said this once during the fall, but these scrimmages have been extremely competitive,” added Coach Golloway. “We are really excited about the upcoming season because the amount of talent we have is going to provide us with a lot of depth off the bench and allow us to try a number of different things with the lineup.”
OU will continue this week with practice on Thursday and two more intrasquad scrimmages on Friday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. All practices and scrimmages are free and open to the public.