Cate has quickly ascended to ace status in 2017 (UConn Athletics)

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UConn’s Cate Becoming Elite Ace

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The baseball world officially learned how good Tim Cate was during his stint with the USA Collegiate National team last summer. An advanced lefty who blossomed as a freshman in the UConn rotation last spring behind another star southpaw and eventual first round draft pick Anthony Kay, Cate quickly cemented himself among the USA stars as a major 2018 draft prospect to watch.

Coming into 2017, UConn had to face the fact that they lost a big piece of their rotation when Anthony Kay signed with the New York Mets last summer, but it was far less of a concern that you might think. Although the Huskies have done a brilliant job of cultivating talent over the last decade, producing elite draft picks like George Springer, Matt Barnes, Anthony Kay, among many others, this isn’t a program like Vanderbilt or Florida where a steady stream of first round type talent flows into campus every year. And yet, there was no concern when it came to who would fill the big shoes of a true Friday ace like Kay.

As outstanding as Kay was, UConn likely has an even more talented arm pitching on Fridays in 2017 – Tim Cate.


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