Scherzer Not Finished at MU

1 decade 8 months 1 week ago Monday, April 09 2007 Apr 9, 2007 Monday, April 09, 2007 10:04:31 PM CDT April 09, 2007 in Sports

Last season, the Tigers went further than any other team in the Big 12 Conference, making it to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Cal-State Fullerton.

The Tigers celebrated as a team, but ace pitcher Max Scherzer had even more of a reason to smile after being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks shortly after the season ended.

However, Scherzer is still in contract negotiations with the Diamondbacks nearly a year later. While he hasn't had the chance to suit up in Arizona's red and black, he's still sporting the black and gold.

And that arm that hit 99 miles per hour last season against Nebraska is still feeling pretty good.

"It feels great you know, coming out here every day," Scherzer said. "It gets better every time I touch the ball. I just am excited that I'm healthy and pitching every fifth day."

Scherzer says he will wait in Columbia until he gets the call to play in the pros. In the meantime, he's taking part in MU practices and scrimmages.

He is currently pitching on a schedule similar to that of a minor league team.

"College pitchers kind of work on a seven day rotation and in pro ball we kind of work on a five day rotation," Scherzer said. "So we kind of had to map out both the schedules, home and away so I can figure out which days to pitch."

Even though he's not yet a professional, Scherzer is happy he's had the opportunity to spend time with his former teammates.

"I've got a lot of friends on the team. I moved back in with the guys I lived with last year," Scherzer said.

Scherzer will have to sit back and wait for his call to the pros while he watches his former team battle for the Big 12 title.

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