ATLANTA -- More than 25 Major League Baseball scouts were on hand for Georgia State's annual Pro Scout Day, held Wednesday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
"We had a really great turnout from the scouts and a lot of great baseball played today," 12th-year head coach Greg Frady said. "We played a clean game, for the most part, and our players handled the day very well and showcased themselves."
Although the pitching had the upper hand, for the most part, in a 3-2 game, one of the highlights was a first-inning home run by senior shortstop Justin Jones, the Panthers' elder statesman as a four-year starter and two-time CoSIDA Academic American.
"I try to treat it like another practice, with a lot more people here. It was very competitive, but a lot of fun," said Jones, one of six returning starters among position players.
"There are so many ways that you can get better in every aspect of the game. I've done a lot of work in the cage this fall with Coach Pac [Adam Pavkovich] working on my offensive approach. The first at-bat today, it worked out for me."
Nine different Panther pitchers threw scoreless innings, led by sophomore right-hander Hunter Gaddis, the Panthers' top returnee on the mound.
As always, the support of the #PantherFamily is vital.
"Thanks to our Georgia State Baseball parents, who cooked for our players and the scouts," Frady said. "It was a great day, and we're excited to continue our preparations for the 2018 season."
The Panthers open the 2018 season Feb. 16 vs. Bradley at the GSU Baseball Complex.