Tiger Baseball Update

The Clemson baseball team began their full squad fall drills on Saturday, September 18. Individual workouts began shortly after the semester began.

The roster includes 38 players- 12 infielders, three catchers, seven outfielders, and 16 pitchers (not counting Kris Harvey). One of the pitchers, Jason Berken, will redshirt the season following Tommy John surgery over the summer. Some of the other players will undoubtedly redshirt, but exactly who is not known at this point.

Looking over the squad, there are only two seniors this year, including Jeff Hahn and Gene Pierce, who both 5-year players.

Obviously, Clemson should be very young, but very talented in 2005. 15 of the 38 players on the roster are newcomers, including seven transfers and eight freshmen. Players come from all over the country, including three from California. One of the Californians, Jorge Andrade, is from San Diego and came to Clemson largely because of Khalil Greene's past success at Clemson, and also now with the San Diego Padres.

John Ingram, who is primarily a corner infielder, may also see some time behind the plate. Taylor Harbin, who is also primarily an infielder, has also seen some time at catcher (even though it was just half an inning). Of course, one of the outfielders, C.J. Gaddis, is currently with the Tiger football team.

Based on batting practice results (which aren't necessarily accurate), there seems to be some good power hitters on this team. Kris Harvey took a BP pitch and hit it off the batter's eye in center field about 20 feet off the ground. It brought back memories of 2002 when Jeff Baker, Khalil Greene, and Michael Johnson each hit at least 25 home runs.

Keep in mind that statement is not a prediction, but merely an observation.

All-ACC performer Kris Harvey returns this year for the Tigers.
Andy D'Alessio also cleared the batting cages with a BP pitch on Sunday. Travis Storrer and John Ingram have also shown good power. Taylor Harbin, who set the South Carolina High School home run record with 52, hasn't hit many home runs yet, but that should change as he adjusts to college baseball and with some time in the weight room. Keep in mind that the field at Clemson is larger than many high school fields.

Brad Chalk, a freshman centerfielder from Riverside High School in Greer and the Gatorade Player of the Year in South Carolina has great speed and has shown great range in center field. He should be fun to watch in the coming years.

Taylor Harbin, along with Daniel Pritchard and Herman Demmink, has shown a flair for acrobatic plays in the infield. Bryan Yates, an infielder from Washington state that redshirted last season has shown promise in the field and at the plate this fall, as has Jesse Ferguson, another redshirt from Washington. Ferguson is a redshirt sophomore and Yates is a redshirt freshman. Of the seven outfielders, four of them are left-handed batters. Tanner Leggett is listed as a switch-hitter (the only one on the roster), but he has hit only from the right side of the plate this fall.

According to unofficial stats, the offensive star of the last two scrimmages has been Daniel Pritchard, who was 5-6 with a double, a triple, and 6 RBI. Herman Demmink has gone 5-6 with a double, a triple and 3 RBI.

Taylor Harbin went 2-5 with a double and an RBI. David Williams is 3-6 with 2 walks. Jesse Ferguson has gone 2-4 with a double, a walk and a hit by pitch. He also has one RBI. Travis Storrer is 0-5. Tanner Leggett is 1-3 with a double, a walk, and 2 RBI. Stan Widmann is 2-6 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI. On the mound, Jeff Hahn has pitched 3 innings and given up 1 hit, no runs, and struck out 2. David Kopp, a true freshman from Florida, has pitched 3 innings and given up 3 hits, 1 run, and struck out 2.

Chris Howard, a redshirt freshman from Indiana, has pitched two innings and given up one hit that was erased on a double play. That is the only baserunner Howard has allowed. Alex Martin, a true freshman from Charlotte, has pitched four innings, giving up five hits, five runs, four walks, and three strike outs. However, all five runs were scored in one inning. Most of the other pitchers haven't pitched enough to have any meaningful statistics.

The Tigers typically practice every afternoon except Monday. All practices are free and open to the public. Practices will continue through Homecoming weekend, which is the weekend of the Orange and Purple Scrimmage, which will be held Thursday, Friday and Sunday October 14, 15, and 17th.

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