Hursh is a flamethrowing right-hander who came to Stillwater two years ago with plenty of expectations. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the sixth round out of high school.
But inconsistency affected his freshman season, and the elbow surgery thwarted his sophomore campaign. However, a strong summer — with reports of him hitting near triple-digits on the radar gun — have helped Hursh regain confidence.
“He's throwing the ball great,” Holliday said. “His off-speed pitches have improved. I really think he's becoming a confident player.”
ROB WALTON'S SON PART OF TEAM
OSU's hiring of Rob Walton as pitching coach was lauded by baseball minds around the country as one of the best (and most underrated) moves of the offseason.
He's a pitching guru and constant professional with big-time head-coaching experience.
But along with his priceless baseball knowledge, Walton brought along another gift for the Cowboys.
His son, Donnie Walton, had been committed to Oral Roberts (where Walton was head coach), but switched to OSU to join his father.
Donnie Walton recently had his knees scoped, but he is expected to recover for the season and potentially start at shortstop.
“He's a gamer,” Holliday said of Donnie. “Nice mindset to have, especially in the middle of the diamond where you have to have that control center, quarterback on the field. He brings a lot of positive intangible items to the club.”