Coaching Management 23.2

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round of the Major League Baseball ama- teur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and has enjoyed two successful seasons in the pros. Nobody was more pleased with Girodo's improvement than Thompson, who has carved out a proven track record of helping struggling pitchers improve by dropping their arm slot. "When I saw South Carolina win back-to-back national championships using their drop down guys as weapons out of the pen, I real- ized that for me to be a better coach, and for us to be a better team, I needed to learn how to develop this type of pitcher," says Thompson, who runs a one- day drop down camp at Mississippi State for high school and college pitchers. "So I reached out to pick the brains of people I knew who've had success dropping down, including former Major Leaguers In 2013, Mississippi State University lefty Chad Girodo converted to a side arm delivery at the suggestion of Pitching Coach Butch Thompson, helping the Bulldogs reach the College World Series and inspiring others to make the same switch. MICheLLe BIShop/MISSISSIppI STaTe aThLeTICS 4 Coaching Management Preseason 2015 Circle No. 102 Circle No. 103 Improve your Mound with Pro's Choice ® Packing Clay. Remove 3 to 4 inches of soil around pitching rubber and landing area and soak with water . Add one inch of ProMound or EasyMound and tamp. Soak, add another inch of product and tamp again. Repeat process to within 1/2" of finished grade. Cover with infield mix, tamp and finish with Pro's Choice infield conditioner. Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Alleviate common wear problems and give pitchers solid footing with ProMound TM or EasyMound TM Packing Clays. or 800-648-1166 C&H Baseball Since 1968 providing professional grade products to your favorite teams. WHAT'S ON YOUR FIELD? • Portable Batting Cages • Poly & Vinyl Tarps • Replacement Netting • Custom Screens • Fielding Screens • Windscreen • Artificial Turfs and BP Mats • Stadium Backstop & Barrier Netting • Wall & Rail Padding 10615 Technology Terrace #100 | Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211 800.248.5192 Click Here to sign up for our free series of educational digital newsletters

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