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COLUMBIA -- Baseball is officially a week away, and with that a new crop of Gamecocks getting ready to take the field to see if they can get the program back to the College World Series in Omaha.

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One of the biggest question marks right now is the team's bullpen, not because of lack of talent, but because there are a lot of inexperienced players that will pitch in high-leverage situations this year.

GamecockCentral takes a look at the bullpen pitching this year in an in-depth breakdown.

• Sawyer Bridges, RHP

Last year stats: 2-1 (21 appearances), 1.35 ERA, five saves, 25 K, 9 BB, .223 BAA

The skinny: After a serious shoulder injury his freshman year, Bridges came back as a sophomore and changed his arm slot for the better and had his best year yet. Coming into his junior year he'll be the team's closer, and the staff said they think he could be one of the best closers in the country when healthy. He's added a slider into his arsenal as well and has a lot of movement from his unique arm slot.

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Projection: Closer

• Parker Coyne, RHP

Last year stats: 1-1 (19 appearances), 3.18 ERA, 26 K, 13 BB, .192 BAA

The skinny: Coyne was a pitcher that came out of nowhere last year and was one of the team's better bullpen guys over the season. This year, he's up a tick on his fastball, up to about 91 or 92 mph and already having a plus-breaking ball while working on bringing his changeup along this offseason. He'll likely have the same role this year coming out of the bullpen in bigger situations.

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Projection: Middle relief

• Cole Ganopulos, LHP

Last year stats (CVCC): 10-0 (16 appearances), 1.62 ERA, 95 K, 16 BB

The skinny: Ganopulos, who started his career at Auburn before transferring to Chattahoochee Valley and then to South Carolina, comes in with a little hype after a really good year in JUCO. He can get up to the mid-80s on his fastball from the left side with some spin and an interesting arm angle. He can get outs in a few different ways and could be an intriguing match coming out of the bullpen.

Projection: Matchup pitcher

• Gage Hinson, RHP

Last year stats: 3 appearances, 3.18 ERA, 2 K, 3 BB, .118 ERA

The skinny: Hinson was very limited last year with a shoulder injury derailing his season early, but this year he's back and throwing submarine and getting outs with it this spring. He'll likely see his role increase in his second season on campus with that unusual delivery a way to keep hitters off balance over the course of a game.

Projection: Matchup pitcher

• Brett Kerry, RHP

Last year stats: 10-1, 0.61 ERA, two saves, 111 K, 8 BB

The skinny: Kerry is another Gamecock freshman but isn't of the mold of Lloyd and Sweatt. Kerry doesn't throw at hard—in the high 80s mostly on his fastball—but has solid off-speed stuff and could be used this season as a change-of-pace player out of the pen.

Projection: Middle relief

• Daniel Lloyd, RHP

Last year stats: N/A

Walk-up song: N/A

The skinny: Lloyd is a freshman righty that has had a standout spring season so far. He's been up to 94 mph on his fastball already and already has one of the better breaking balls on the team with a biting slider. He's shown the ability to get some good hitters out and has a chance to pitch big innings this year at the end of games.

Projection: Set-up man

• Wesley Sweatt, RHP

Last year stats: N/A

The skinny: Sweatt is another freshman that will see big innings this year. He's already got a mature demeanor on the mound and the staff is pleased with how well he hides the ball during his delivery. He's been up in the low-90s on his fastball with a changeup and slider he also throws. Throwing that well, he could fill multiple roles with him being able to close games while also stringing together two or three innings at a time in middle relief or as a guy to come out before Bridges closes.

Projection: Set-up pitcher

• Cam Tringali, RHP

Last year stats: N/A

The skinny: Tringali is one of the freshman from last year that's made a big jump heading into his second year. After redshirting last season, he's seen a bump in his velocity with his fastball up to 91 mph and, at 6-foot-4, he's one of the biggest pitchers on the staff and that adds a different dimension to his pitches coming from a higher angle. He

Projection: Middle relief

Pitchers out for the season: RHP Logan Chapman (Tommy John surgery), RHP Graham Lawson (Tommy John surgery), LHP Julian Bosnic (Tommy John surgery)

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