WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Spencer Strider, CAK (2017 graduate)
NOW: Strider is one of the top pitchers in the Clemson University rotation. As a freshman during the 2018 season, the 6-foot, 195-pound Strider earned Freshman All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball and All-ACC Freshman Team honors by going 5-2 on the mound with a 4.76 ERA. He struck out 70 batters — which led the team — in 51 innings pitched.
An arm injury derailed his 2019 season but he was healthy enough to begin easing into the start of the 2020 season as a redshirt sophomore. Clemson got off to a 14-3 mark before the pandemic cancelled the season.
The right-handed Strider had a 0-0 record in four starts, striking out 19 in 12 innings pitched this season. Clemson won all four games he started.
THEN: Strider led CAK to a Class AA state championship in 2017. He went 2-0 in his two starts during state championship week, polishing off CPA in the final with 10 strikeouts over seven innings pitched.
Strider was the 2017 Gatorade State Player of the Year after posting a 13-0 mark as a senior with 150 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .118 against him during the 2017 season.
Strider also took home the 2017 Mr. Baseball Award in Class AA, as presented by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association.