By Trey McCurry.
With the 2011 baseball season in the book, TCI is embarking on a series highlighting the careers of the seniors on the 2011 team. Part four of the series features pitcher Alex Frederick.
Frederick, known as Freddy to his teammates, spent three seasons at Clemson yet still managed to finish in the top-25 of several career-pitching categories. He finished his career tied for 14th in relief appearances (63), tied for 18th in saves, and 24th in appearances (66).
The righty from Lagrangeville, NY traveled quite a path to get to Tigertown. He had a stellar high school career at Our Lady of Lourdes High School where he was 23-3 with over 200 strikeouts in his career. His senior season he was named all-conference, all-section, all-state, and team MVP while leading his squad to the state championship. Frederick spent the 2007 season at Iona, where he was 1-1 with an 8.20 ERA in 18.2 innings over six appearances (two starts). After spending the 2008 season at Dutchess Community College, #39 finally made his way to Clemson.
Frederick did not pitch much during his red-shirt sophomore campaign at Clemson in 2009. In six relief appearances, he was 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA allowing 11 hits and four walks against eight strikeouts in 9.2 innings. He also only allowed an earned run in one of his six appearances that season.
The following season, Clemson fans saw a whole new Frederick as he emerged as Clemson’s most reliable reliever in 2010. In 33 appearances (one start), he was 7-2 with four saves and a 3.75 ERA. In 62.1 innings, he held opponents to 63 hits and 28 walks against 54 strikeouts. His 33 appearances tied for the most in school history while his 32 relief appearances tied for fourth-most in school history. Freddy was fourth in the ACC in appearances, fourth in relief appearances, and tied for 10th in saves. Late in the season, Freddy was at his best. At one point, he earned wins in four consecutive outings and six of seven outings, including becoming the first Tiger to win two games in a series since 1994. #39 also thrived in the NCAA Tournament. In 10.2 innings over six relief appearances, he had a 1-0 record, two saves, a 2.53 ERA, and 11 strikeouts. He either set or tied school single tournament records in appearances, relief appearances, and saves.
Frederick returned to Clemson for one last run in 2011, where he again proved a valuable commodity in the Tiger bullpen as a member of the NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Award Watch List member. He finished the season 0-3 with three saves and a 3.34 ERA in a team-leading 27 appearances (two starts). In 35.0 innings, he allowed 28 hits (.230 opponents’ batting average), no homers, and 13 walks against 29 strikeouts. The Tigers also won both games in which he started. Freddy was at his best late in games and in tough situations. In 17.1 innings pitched after the seventh inning, he allowed only 12 hits (.200 opponents’ batting average), three runs (1.59 ERA), and four walks with 22 strikeouts while also holding opponents under a .100 batting average with two outs.
Freddy finished his career at Clemson with an 8-5 record, seven saves, and a 3.62 ERA in 66 appearances (three starts). In 107 innings, he allowed 102 hits (.260 opponents’ batting average), 45 walks, and 91 strikeouts. And with those numbers, the Tigers will certainly miss his reliable arm in the bullpen next season.