By Trey McCurry.
As we count down to opening day, TheClemsonInsider is poised to bring you the best Clemson baseball coverage around in 2011. In part two of a two part series, TCI goes in depth with a player-by-player breakdown of the pitchers for 2011.
Had a superb sophomore season in which he won a team-high nine games and solidified his spot in the weekend rotation. Was at his best during the post-season as he now sports a school-record 1.71 ERA in the NCAA Tournament. Did not throw much during the fall to rest his arm. Should be the ace of the pitching staff this season.
Moved into the weekend rotation in late April after being used in long relief. Finished the season with a 4.78 ERA. After taking the summer off, Leone had a good fall and should be a mainstay in the weekend rotation for the Tigers in 2011.
Spent time in both the weekend rotation and in the bullpen last season. Had a 5.08 ERA in 52.0 innings last season. Had a strong fall. Look for Lamb to continue to split time between the mound and the field just like last season.
After not pitching much in 2009, turned into Clemson’s most reliable arm out of the bullpen in 2010. Was 7-2 with four saves and a 3.75 ERA in a team-leading 33 appearances last season. Did not participate in fall ball, but will again be the go-to guy in the bullpen in 2011.
Made a couple of spot starts in 2010, but used mostly out of the bullpen. Has one of the team’s hardest fastballs and has only allowed two homers in his career. Looked really good in fall ball and should again spilt time between starter and the bullpen in 2011.
Used mostly as a long reliever over 20 appearances last season. Throws a lot of groundball outs (42 last season) will allowing only eight walks over 29.0 innings. Had an outstanding summer and carried that over into the fall. Will probably be used mostly in weekend relief with a few midweek starts during the season.
Injured in the early portion of 2010 and returns for a fifth year in 2011. A co-captain for the second year in a row and one of the better leaders on the team. Has not allowed a steal in 112.1 career innings and has shown excellent control. Like Meyer, will be used in long relief with spot midweek starts in 2011.
One of the team’s more reliable relievers over his career. Allowed only 14 walks to go with 45 strikeouts in 58.2 career innings. Never allowed more than two walks in a single appearance. Finished 12 games on the mound in 2010, tied for 10th-most in the ACC. Had a good fall and will again be on of the more reliable arms in the bullpen in 2011.
Talented righty with one of the team’s better arms. Used in long relief and made some spot starts in 2010. Had a 3.58 ERA in 32.2 innings last season as Clemson went 4-0 in his four starts. Had a strong fall and could compete for a starting role in 2011.
Used sparingly in 2010. Opponents hit just .215 (2-for-16) with two outs against Kent. Had a good fall and should see his role increase in 2011.
Although he has never appeared on the mound for Clemson, could be used as a lefty out of the bullpen in 2011.
One of the highest incoming recruits in 2011. Ranked as the #2 righty in Missouri and #6 overall prospect. Pohle had a strong fall and should be looked upon to have a big impact as a freshman.
Freshman out of Alpharetta, Georgia who had a good fall. Preseason Under Amrour All-American his senior year of high school. Had a good fall and will compete for some innings out of the pen in the spring.
Like Lamb, is a two-way player for the Tigers. Should compete for some innings out of the bullpen in 2011.