Starter, long reliever, middle, relief, set-up or closing, you name it. Haselden's done it all since arriving to the Tigers in 2009.
The senior from Spartanburg has 54 appearances with seven starts in 135
1/3 innings. He has an 11-5 career record with five saves and sports a
"He was there for us, an absolute rock for us [in relief]," said Clemson
pitching coach Dan Pepicelli. "The way he's progressed, he worked
awful hard in the offseason. His pitch mix has really come along. I think
it's time for him to emerge as a starter. We feel really good about him."
Last year, Haselden went 6-1 record with three saves and a 2.23 ERA in 25
appearances. His ERA, which was fifth in the ACC last season, is tops
among returning conference pitchers.
Towards the end of his stellar junior campaign, Haselden battled through
shoulder problems, which led to a surgery over the summer.
"I had some pain towards the end of the season last year," he said. "I had
some discomfort. It wasn't anything structurally wrong…they did the
arthroscopic surgery. It was pretty simple and went pretty well."
Haselden didn't throw for two months over the summer, but gradually picked
things up as the fall got closer. He's been a full-go for almost two
Jack Leggett will call on Haselden to make the Sunday starter for
Clemson in this weekend's season opening series against UAB.
"He's going to be a valuable commodity for us, whether it's as a reliever
or a starter," Leggett said.
And it's more than throwing strikes, sporting a low ERA, getting the win
or picking up the save.
"His leadership qualities have really emerged," Leggett said. "He's been
in the program for 3½ years, so he knows what to do. I'm excited about
what his role's going to be this year."
Considering the potential Sunday starter is a battle-tested senior, it's a
pretty sweet deal for Leggett and Pepicelli.
"We should be strong on the mound, across the board," Haselden said. "We
can get some young guys to step up and fill in the bullpen a little bit.
If we can do that, we'll be golden."
Haselden Clemson's Sunday starter
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