On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks Missouri State Bears baseball with Harrison Keegan of the Springfield News-Leader.
Certainly, the 2017 season for the Bears was nothing if not a rousing success. They absolutely ran away with the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship, they won a regional on the road in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to get to the program’s second super regional in three years, and they gave TCU a pretty good run for their money in the Fort Worth Super Regional before bowing out.
As an added bonus, with Jake Burger being drafted 11th overall to the Chicago White Sox, they also produced a first-round pick. That’s also the second time in three years they’ve done that, as pitcher Jon Harris was taken in the first round by the Blue Jays just two years ago.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- If Harrison had any idea, during the regular season, that this team had the potential to go and win a road regional in a place like Fayetteville
- The biggest key for the team having the type of year that they had
- How this program has found another gear, allowing them to make two super regionals in three years
- Discussion on who MSU will lose for the 2018 season, either thanks to the draft or graduation
- The biggest reasons for optimism for 2018, led by star shortstop Jeremy Eierman
- Potential breakout candidates for the 2018 season
Thanks for listening, everyone!