Strider taken in the fourth round of MLB Draft

Strider taken in the fourth round of MLB Draft

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Strider taken in the fourth round of MLB Draft

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Clemson pitcher Spencer Strider was taken in the fourth round of the 2020 MLB Draft on Thursday. The righty was selected No. 126 overall in the draft by the Atlanta Braves.

Strider joined fellow Clemson pitcher Sam Weatherly in the 2020 Draft. Weatherly was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the third round at No. 81 overall.

Strider, a redshirt sophomore, was Clemson’s top freshman in 2018, but he missed all of 2019 due to an arm injury he suffered on the first day of winter practice. He returned in 2020 as a weekend starter. Strider has one of the hardest fastballs on the Clemson team. He was used as both a long reliever and starter in his career at Clemson.

In 63.0 innings pitched over 26 appearances (10 starts) and two active seasons, he has a 5-2 record, one save, and a 4.71 ERA, while allowing 53 hits (.226 opponents’ batting average) and 38 walks with 89 strikeouts.

Strider is a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member.

He had a 4.50 ERA in four starts and no decisions this past year. In his 12.0 innings of work, Strider allowed 13 hits (.271 opponents’ batting average) and three walks with 19 strikeouts.

The righty tied for second in the ACC in starts on the mound and tied for the team lead in starts as well. He did not allow a steal. Clemson had a 4-0 record in his four starts.

Strider pitched three innings in a starting role, allowing no hits and no runs with four strikeouts against Liberty on Feb. 16, and pitched 2.2 innings in a starting role, allowing no runs and no walks with five strikeouts against Stony Brook on Feb. 23.

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