Gunnar Hoglund: 3 things to know about the Ole Miss baseball right-handed pitcher
Gunnar Hoglund entered the 2021 season with high expectations for his third season as an Ole Miss baseball pitcher.
As a sophomore in 2020, Hoglund notched a 1.16 ERA in four games with 37 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings.
Here is some basic information about Gunnar Hoglund:
- Full name: Gunnar Thomas Hoglund
- Height: 6 feet, 4 inches
- Weight: 220 pounds
- Age: 21 years old
- Birthday: Dec. 17, 1999
- Hometown: Hudson, Florida
- High school: Academically attended Dayspring Academy in Port Richey, Florida; Competed for Fivay High School in Pasco County, Florida
Find out three more things to know about Ole Miss right-handed pitcher Gunnar Hoglund.
Gunnar Hoglund started throwing a slider at Ole Miss
In the offseason before his sophomore year at Ole Miss, Gunnar Hoglund started throwing a slider.
Here is how it was described in the Clarion Ledger in 2020:
He settled on gripping the ball by the horseshoe shape on the laces and lining his index and middle fingers up and down the straight lines on the inside laces. He releases it like a fastball and the pitch looks like a fastball. Then in the last five feet before reaching the plate, the ball darts down and away from right-handed hitters.
Hoglund struggled with the pitch in his first game using it, but he saw improvement in Game 2, which game against Xavier on Feb. 22, 2020. He threw six innings and didn't allow a run.
"The first outing it was OK. It wasn't where I wanted it," Hoglund said in 2020. "But then the second outing I got a lot of success with it and strikeouts. Everybody was like, 'Man, it looks just like your fastball.'"
Hoglund's other pitches are a four-seam fastball, changeup, and curveball, according to Baseball Prospect Journal.
Gunnar Hoglund pitched the final game of 2019 Ole Miss season
Gunnar Hoglund was the starting pitcher for the Ole Miss baseball team against Arkansas in Game 3 of the 2019 Fayetteville Super Regional. Arkansas defeated Ole Miss 14-1 to earn a spot in the 2019 College World Series.
Hoglund pitched two innings and threw 51 pitches. He allowed six runs, five hits, and one walk with one strikeout.
"Obviously today was all Arkansas," Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco said in 2019. "They won every phase. They were just so good offensively. The bullpen was tremendous. It was just their day."
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Gunnar Hoglund selected in 2018 MLB Draft by Pittsburgh Pirates
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Hoglund agreed to a deal with the PIrates the night Pittsburgh selected him.
"It was a crazy process," Hoglund said in 2018 to the Tampa Bay Times. "They called to see if they could get something worked out and then we agreed to the deal. It was a long night."
Pittsburgh drafted Hoglund June 4, but later in June, Hoglund attended freshman orientation at Ole Miss. He registered for classes at Ole Miss by the July signing deadline with the Pirates.
"It was a blessing that night when I got selected for me and my family," Hoglund said to Baseball Prospect Journal in 2020. "As the signing process evolved, I just thought it was best to go to Ole Miss for three years, get better, and learn under these coaches."
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Check out the Gunnar Hoglund bio on the Ole Miss baseball website.
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