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Sights and Sounds from New-Look Pitt Baseball Practice



PITTSBURGH — Pretty much everything there is to see at Charles L. Cost stadium this season is going to be new.

The turf is new, with a striped pattern through the infield and a giant Panther logo in the outfield. The padding surrounding the fences is new, representing Pitt’s bright blue color scheme that changed last April. There are new uniforms, some of which have been released and some have not.

Then there’s the team on the field, with 21 newcomers out of the 35 players on the Pitt baseball roster. The Panthers added third baseman Samuel Frontino, centerfielder Joran Anderson, first baseman Bryce Hulett, left-handed pitcher Grant Powell, right-handed pitcher Mitch Myers, outfielder Justin Clark, catcher Riley Wash, right-handed pitcher Dylan Lester, right-handed pitcher Matt Gilbertson and right-handed pitcher C.J. McKennitt from the junior college ranks and another 10 true freshmen.

That’s a lot of turnover, and job one for head coach Mike Bell, his staff and his remaining veteran players has been to integrate all that newness into the team culture. Outfielder Nico Popa, shortstop David Yanni and pitcher Chris Gomez are the only fourth-year Panthers on the team.

That means that their leadership, and that of junior Ron Washington and seniors that transferred in such as David Moore and Christian Camacho will be important.


Several of the transfers should be expected to play prominent roles with the Panthers this season, but perhaps none moreso than Anderson, who will start in centerfield and likely be Pitt’s leadoff hitter for the 2020 season.

An Alabama native, Anderson comes to Pitt after one season at Mississippi State and one season at legendary Florida junior college powerhouse Chipola College.

He should provide an immediate injection of speed into Pitt’s roster to take advantage of the spacious centerfield and quick turf around the bases at Cost Field.


Besides the seniors and the newcomers, Pitt will be leaning on a bunch of second-year players to get the job done. Second-year outfielder Kyle Hess is looking to add power to his .254/.348/.370 freshman season. Second baseman Sky Duff wants to add more consistency to his game after starting 48 times as a freshman a year ago. On the mound, 6-foot-8 righty Billy Corcoran will have to grow into Pitt’s top starting role after Dan Hammer and Derek West departed for the pro ranks.



Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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