Ole Miss in the house
While some of the top draft talent in the SEC tourney here in Birmingham is gone — Gordon Beckham of Georgia, Justin Smoak and Reese Havens of South Carolina — and Pedro Alvarez is still here of course, Ole Miss has been a nice surprise by going 2-0 and playing Vandy this morning at Regions Park.
Lance Lynn, the Friday starter, kicked things off (as I mentioned earlier) with a terrific start. Today, it’s time for the Codys to try and step up. Cody Satterwhite was once thought to be a first-round possibility based on his raw stuff, but he’s had a rough year and been more hittable than he should. He got the start against Vandy and it didn’t begin well as he gave up a leadoff homer to Drew Macias. It got worse as he just got lifted in the second inning with an injury of some sort, leaving with runners on the corners and one out. I’ll have more on that as I find out what the deal is.
In the meantime, 3B Cody Overbeck gave Ole Miss a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run homer, his 15th of the year, over the left-field fence. Overbeck’s one of those college hitters who grows on you when you watch him. He doesn’t have overwhelming tools, other than some pretty good power, particularly to the pull side as he showed here today, but he’s the type who comes up with big hits in big situations. He may not be an every-day 3B as a pro, but think Kevin Millar as the best-case scenario. Homering here certainly doesn’t hurt.