The camp also featured four former Major League Baseball drop-down pitchers with over 30 years of big league experience: Colter Bean, Chad Bradford, Jeff Innis and Scott Sullivan. Bean pitched for the New York Yankees from 2005-07, while Bradford pitched for six different ballclubs in a 12-year career from 1998-2009. Innis pitched seven seasons for the New York Mets from 1987-1993 and Sullivan pitched 10 years in “The Show” for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.
“Butch (Thompson) in my opinion, is probably one of the best pitching coaches, if not the best in the country,” Bradford said after the camp was over. “When Butch talks about pitching, I’m all ears. It was a great day and I think everything turned out very well.”
The 75-plus campers traveled from nine different states to attend: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee. The next drop-down camp is slated for some time in 2014. The date will be announced on HailState.com
"It does not matter if the camp is in Starkville or Seattle, I’m there,” Sullivan explained. “What attracts people to Butch Thompson is that he really cares. He has a way about him that draws you in. He cares about your well-being.”
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