Mississippi State baseball

Mississippi State catcher Dustin Skelton

Talent has never been an issue for Dustin Skelton behind the plate.

He is a player that was built to take the beating that a backstop does from Southeastern Conference pitchers and hitters.

Skelton’s stout 6-0, 202-pound frame allows him the durability to spend marathon games behind the plate as he did just a week ago when Mississippi State and LSU played 17 innings. While the Tigers subbed their catcher out midway through that game, Skelton caught all 271 pitches thrown from seven different pitchers throwing all kinds of different pitches from fastballs with movement to breaking balls in the dirt.

For more on Skelton's growth as a catcher and hitter for the Bulldogs, see Thursday's Starkville Daily News.

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