Top 25 Breakdown: No. 24 ClemsonSeason Preview 2018 Record: 47-16. RPI: 13. Coach (Record at school): Monte Lee (133-57, 3 seasons). Ballpark: Doug Kingsmore Stadium (Capacity: 6,272). Postseason History: 43 regionals (active streak: 10), 12 CWS trips (last in 2010), 0 national titles. More: Fall Report on Clemson. Schedule, Stats, Team News: Follow the Tigers all season long at our Clemson Team Page.
Clemson's Projected Lineup
|C||Kyle Wilkie, Jr.||.324/.422/.440||5||40||2|
|1B||Grayson Byrd, Sr.||.243/.309/.439||9||26||3|
|2B||Jordan Greene, R-Sr.||.250/.398/.404||5||21||8|
|3B||Sam Hall, So.||.239/.341/.380||2||7||8|
|SS||Logan Davidson, Jr.||.292/.408/.544||15||46||10|
|LF||Kier Meredith, So.||.195/.411/.341||15||5||4|
|CF||Bryce Teodosio, So.||.165/.283/.367||4||9||1|
|RF||Michael Green, So.||Tr. — Florence-Darlington Tech CC|
|DH||Justin Hawkins, Sr.||.200/.365/.425||2||8||0|
|RHP||Spencer Strider, So.||5-2||4.77||51||70||35||1|
|RHP||Brooks Crawford, Sr.||8-2||3.24||80.2||58||18||0|
|LHP||Jacob Hennessy, Jr.||4-3||3.91||71.1||54||14||0|
|RP||Carson Spiers, Jr.||2-2||2.08||43.1||39||19||4|
Grading The TigersJust as scouts grade prospects using the 20-80 scouting scale, we use a 20-80 scale to evaluate teams in our top 25. A score of 50 in each category is average, relative to a typical NCAA tournament team; 55 is slightly above-average; 60 is above-average (plus); 70 is well above-average (plus-plus); 80 is top of the scale, historically strong. Accordingly, 45 is fringe-average or slightly below-average; 40 is below-average; 30 is well below-average; and 20 is the extreme in that direction.
The long ball and the walk were the key to Clemson’s offense last year; the Tigers ranked third nationally in homers, sixth in walks but just 195th in batting (.261). The end result was a middle-of-the-pack ACC offense that averaged 6.4 runs per game, seventh-best in the league. Regulars Seth Beer, Chris Williams, Drew Wharton, Patrick Cromwell and Robert Jolly are gone, so the lineup will have a new look this year. Monte Lee said in the fall that he expects the 2019 Tigers to rely less on the long ball and more on situational hitting and aggressive baserunning. Of course, Clemson still has a big-time star to anchor the lineup in Davidson, a switch-hitter who will strike out plenty but also draw lots of walks, hit for average and power. He had an absurdly dominant fall with the bat, and he looks ready to terrorize the ACC as a junior.