UNC ASHEVILLE – NC STATE
Date: Tuesday-Wednesday, March 13-14
Location: Doak Field at Dail Park
Time: 3 p.m.
Radio: WKNC 88.1 FM
Live Video: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: SideArm Live Stats
Tuesday – RHP Danny Wilson (UNCA) vs. TBA (NCSU)
Wednesday – TBA (UNCA) vs. TBA (NCSU)
*Rankings according to most recent Baseball America Top-25 Poll*
RALEIGH, N.C. – The 23rd-ranked NC State baseball team will welcome the UNC Asheville Bulldogs to Doak Field at Dail Park for a pair of midweek matchups on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. on both days.
Both games will be streamed live on the ACC Network Extra and radio coverage will be available on WKNC 88.1 FM and on GoPack.com for premium subscribers.
NC State heads into the week with a 13-3 overall record, while UNC Asheville has played a very challenging schedule and the squad is 3-11.
Last Time Out
In its last outing, NC State split a doubleheader with Boston College, clinching the series in the process. The Wolfpack won last Friday’s ACC opener 2-1 and earned a 13-7 win in the first game of the twin bill to take the series.
UNC Asheville earned a 9-3 victory in its most recent outing at home against Manhattan.
NC State and UNC Asheville have met six times in the history of the programs with the Wolfpack owning a 5-1 advantage.
Last Time Versus UNC Asheville
Last season, the Bulldogs also traveled to Raleigh when the Pack recorded the victory, 13-1. NC State had four different players tally three hits in the contest, as the Wolfpack collected 18 hits as a team.
Johnny Piedmonte made his first start of 2017 against UNC Asheville and pithed five innings to earn the win on the mound.
Scouting UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville heads to Raleigh with a very deceiving 3-11 record, as the Bulldogs are a strong team that challenged Florida State in a three-game series in Tallahassee and Mercer, the conference favorite in the Southern Conference, in a series in Georgia.
Carmine Pagano leads the team offensively with a .305 batting average, as UNC Asheville is hitting .217. Joe Gruszka owns a team-high three home runs and has scored a team-best 12 runs.
On the mound, the Bulldogs’ pitching staff has been tested against some strong offensive teams, as the staff has compiled a 6.39 ERA with 99 strikeouts.
Wolfpack Enters Baseball America, D1Baseball Rankings
For the first time this season, NC State is ranked in the Baseball America and D1Baseball Top-25 Polls, as the Wolfpack checks in at No. 23 and 24, respectively.
Wolfpack in the ACC Rankings
The NC State offense has been red hot to start the season, as the Wolfpack leads the ACC in seven categories: batting average (.327), hits (183), runs (134), runs batted in (124), total bases (312), slugging percentage (.558) and home runs (31).
NC State’s 31 home runs rank third in the NCAA as a team, six shy of the national leader, Tennessee Tech. The Wolfpack has hit at least one homer in 14 of 16 games this season.
Last season, NC State had 17 home runs through the first 16 games and has nearly doubled that number in 2018 in as many games.
The Wolfpack’s 31 home runs this year is more than the squad hit in all of 2013 (29) and 2014 (30).
Kinneman Leading the NCAA, ACC
NC State’s Brett Kinneman has enjoyed strong start to the season, as he is currently tied for the NCAA lead in home runs with nine. The York, Pa., native hit 10 homers in all of 2017.
His 28 hits pace the ACC and his 27 RBIs is also best in the conference.
Shutting It Down
The NC State bullpen has been stellar through the first half of the season, as the group has compiled a 1.81 ERA while opponents bullpens have recorded a 10.23 ERA.
Leaving ‘Em Stranded
The Wolfpack’s bullpen has inherited 33 runners and only six of them have scored, so NCSU pitchers have stranded 82 percent of the runners they inherited.
NC State has scored 26 runs in the fourth inning of games this season, the most in any frame and has limited opponents to just five runs. The difference of 21 runs in the largest margin in an inning this year.
Trea Turner’s power / speed combo puts him in MLB history books
Former NC State (and current Washington Nationals) SS, Trea Turner, is having what has become a historic season.
So why hasn’t there been more hype around the 25-year-old?
Well, last year in an injury-shortened season (412 ABs), Turner was on an even torrid pace. He batted .284, hit 11 HRs and stole 46 bases. That was coming off a 2016 season where, in just 324 ABs he hit an insane .342 with 33 HRs and 33 steals.
Those type of numbers have made some see his 2018 numbers as a sort of letdown.
After last night’s big game (2-5, HR, 3 RBIs) Turner is hitting .268 with 15 HRs in 504 ABs. He’s also stolen 32 bases. While he’s shown a better pace in the past, the current pace is actually good enough to land him in the MLB record books.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 19, 2018
Trea Turner is already showing historic power/speed combo numbers, but his past numbers show, this might just be the beginning of what is possible for the young SS.
Detroit Tigers promote Brock Deatherage to A-Advanced & he keeps raking
We told you just a few days ago that former NC State OF Brock Deatherage was lighting up the minor leagues.
Well, we weren’t the only ones who thought so.
Yesterday, Deatherage was promoted by the Detroit Tigers from Class A to Class A-Advanced.
Roster Update: Congratulations Kody Clemens and Brock Deatherage for the promotion to @LkdFlyingTigers! Clemens hit .302 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 41 games with the Whitecaps. Deatherage hit .313 and stole 15 bases in 46 games. #RoadToDetroit pic.twitter.com/dO5hkFJ0ZO
— West Michigan Whitecaps (@wmwhitecaps) August 17, 2018
It seems as if the Tigers are fast-tracking Brock at this point. If he hits well for Lakeland, he could start next season in AA, and if that happens, he could see the majors by the end of next season. But again, it all comes down to him continuing to hit like this.
The good news is, in his first at-bat with the new club, Deatherage hit a laser-beam of a triple into the right-center gap.
— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) August 17, 2018
We’ll keep you updated on how he fares in the coming weeks.
Former Pack star Brock Deatherage off to fast start to pro career
Brock Deatherage might have the coolest name in the pro baseball ranks, but he’s not resting on his laurels.
Instead, the former Wolfpack OF is eating pitchers alive in his first season of pro ball.
Deatherage started in rookie ball where he logged just 9 ABs. That’s because in those 9 ABs he had 5 hits and 4 of those were HRs.
So the Detroit Tigers front office quickly moved him up to A-ball where he’s continued to rake.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) August 12, 2018
In 42 games, he’s tallied 162 ABs. He 51 hits (good for a .327 average), 2 HRs, and 12 walks. He’s also swiped 15 bases. Check out his first HR here…
It’s likely that if Deatherage continues this pace that he’ll start next season in AA. And if that goes well, and MLB ETA could be September of next season.
We’ll keep following Brock as he hits his way through the Detroit Tigers minor league system.
Former Wolfpacker Andrew Knizner making case for call-up by Cardinals
Andrew Knizner was a consistent producer at NC State. For his career, he hit over .300 and showed a patient approach at the plate. Couple that with the fact that he was versatile in the field and you can see why the St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the 2016 MLB draft.
Fast forward a few couple years and not much has changed for Knizner. He’s still hitting over .300, his approach is still solid and he’s showing he can play multiple positions in the field. The only difference is that he’s now doing that in the high level of the Cardinal farm system.
As you recall, Knizner was promoted to AAA in late May. He then followed with an invitation to the MLB Futures Game during All-Star weekend. Now, the question is, when will he get the call to the big show?
A target date to watch for is September 1st. This is when MLB rosters will expand from the normal 25-man roster to the full 40-man roster.
Now usually, if a guy is not on the 40-man roster, then it’s unlikely you’d see him get the call in September (and Knizner is not on the Cardinal’s 40-man.) However, the Cardinals are only 6.5 games out of first place in their division and just 4 games out of the Wild Card. This means they will likely be in the middle of a playoff push in September. That also means that they’ll need to make sure they have enough depth for that run.
Most teams carry at least 3 catchers when rosters expand, but looking at St. Louis’ 40-man, they would only be carrying their starter Yadier Molina, and backup Francisco Pena.
What we’re getting at is that if the Cardinals can keep pace in their playoff race, then when rosters expand, there is an increasingly good chance that they designate someone for assignment and add Andrew Knizner to the roster, both because his numbers dictate it and because they need an emergency backstop.
The kid has hit over .300 in AA and now after a few weeks in AAA, he’s hitting .314. He’s also being touted as a quality defensive catcher and is even starting to show a little more pop. The Cardinals are looking for a protege to bring up while their future Hall of Fame catcher, Yadier Molina is still around to tutor him. All of this may go into motion a lot sooner than thought, but it’s deserved and very much earned by the former Wolfpacker.
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