Oklahoma State baseball: Gage Green defines versatile, valuable

OSU junior bounces around lineup, but he remains the heartbeat of this Cowboy team.
by John Helsley Published: May 28, 2014
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— Gage Green keeps confirming his place on the Oklahoma State lineup card.

Places, actually.

Catcher. Left field. Center field.

Leadoff. Cleanup. And other slots, too.

Green, a junior from Wichita Falls, Texas, is Oklahoma State’s definition of versatile.

And valuable.

“He’s that guy on your team that everybody needs,” said Cowboys teammate Zach Fish. “He’s a fantastic ball player. He’s an amazing athlete, to be able to catch, play center field, steal bases, hit home runs, hit balls in the gap. … He’s just so versatile for us.

“And he’s not just a good player, he’s a good person. That’s definitely somebody you want on your team, who’s fighting for you, because he would do anything for this team. He’s a special person we love. I wouldn’t trade him for anybody in the world.”

For these Cowboys, and for all he does, Green is all but irreplaceable heading into the weekend’s Stillwater Regional.

There are other players for the spots Green occupies when he’s elsewhere. Bryan Case or Robie Rojas at catcher. Aaron Cornell or Ryan Sluder in left. Saulyer Saxon in center.

Yet wherever Green starts, he’s often Option A.

OSU coach Josh Holliday calls Green “the heartbeat of our lineup.”

And typically, Green has his club’s pulse quickening.

He leads the team in stolen bases, successful on 18 of 20 attempts. He leads the club with a .321 batting average and is tied with Fish for the team lead with 23 multi-hit games and 14 doubles. He’s also second on the club in runs and sacrifice bunts.

Again, versatility.

“Gage is just a game-changer,” Fish said. “Like stealing home in Bedlam (last year). He can hit a home run. He has so many different abilities that can change a game at any moment. He can do something that’s special. It’s so fun to watch.”

Yet Green’s greatest gift to the Cowboys surely comes behind the plate, where he’s made 25 starts, to go with 22 starts in center and 10 in left.

A full-time catcher at Wichita Falls’ Rider High, Green was recruited by former OSU coach Frank Anderson as an outfielder. And that’s what he was as a freshman, although he caught bullpen sessions with the Cowboys shorthanded at catcher.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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