RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State has hired Clint Chrysler as pitching coach for the baseball program, head coach Elliott Avent announced on Tuesday.
Chrysler comes to the Pack after eight seasons on Winthrop’s baseball staff as the Assistant Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, and Pitching Coach.
“Clint has built a strong reputation in this region and nationally amongst the baseball community as one of the best pitching coaches in the country,” said Avent. “During his collegiate career at Stetson University and a nine-year professional career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners organizations, he was known for his competitive nature and his strong work ethic. He’s done an excellent job of translating that into his coaching style.
“He’s a hands-on teacher known best for his ability to develop players through relationship building and designing individualized plans to help them grow, adjust and reach their full potential as baseball players, and as men. Everyone I spoke to during this process had high praise on his approach and demeanor, and we’re happy to have Clint and his fiancé Christy join our family here at NC State.”
At Winthrop, Chrysler helped guide the Eagles to five consecutive winning seasons in conference play, including the 2017 season when Winthrop won its first outright regular season Big South title since 2003.
Chrysler brought in high-caliber recruiting classes during his tenure at Winthrop. The 2013 class was ranked No. 1 in the Big South Conference and No. 63 nationally. The 2014 class was rated No. 2 in the Big South and top-100 nationally, while the 2015 class was likewise ranked among the nation’s top 100. Winthrop’s 2017 recruiting class again led the Big South and was ranked in the top-100 nationally.
Chrysler was instrumental in developing the Eagles’ pitching staff as five Winthrop pitchers have gone on to sign professional contracts during Chrysler’s tenure. Winthrop’s pitching staff has ranked among the top 50 nationally in strikeouts/base on ball ratio and fewest base on balls per nine innings from 2012-2016.
Chrysler coached three All-Big South Performers as well as numerous Big South Pitcher of the Week recipients.
Chrysler came to the Eagles after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Stetson University. During his time with the Hatters, Chrysler was in charge of the outfielders, assisted with the hitters and pitchers, as well as serving as the first-base coach and baseball camp coordinator.
A native of Clear Lake, Texas, Chrysler played collegiately at Stetson University from 1995-97. He played three seasons as a two-way player for the Hatters and accumulated a 14-10 record on the mound with a 3.80 ERA. As a hitter, Chrysler had a career average of .309, including a career-high .344 average as a junior. He helped lead Stetson to two NCAA Tournament appearances in three seasons and currently holds the single-game pitching record by throwing 11 innings against Florida International on May 15, 1997.
Chrysler was named the 1996 Cape Cod League Reliever of the Year playing for the Wareham Gatemen. He also set the Cape Cod League save record that season and still holds the Gatemen team saves record. Chrysler was named to the Mid-Season All-Star Team during the season as well.
Chrysler left the Hatter baseball program after his junior season when he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 17th round of the 1997 Major League Draft. He spent nine years playing professional baseball with the Mariners (1997-99) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (2000-04) and reached as high as the AAA level playing for the Pirates (Nashville Sounds). During his professional career, Chrysler was named to two minor league All-Star teams.
In 2010, he spent this summer as the head coach of the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs of the Florida Collegiate Summer League. The Diamond Dawgs won a league-record 31 games and the 2010 Florida League Championship, which was played at the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field. Chrysler was also recognized as Manager of the Year.
He graduated from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Fla., in 1994. As a player at Boca Ciega, Chrysler earned First Team All-Suncoast and All-State honors. He was drafted in the 47th round of the 1994 Major League Draft by the New York Yankees, but instead chose to attend Stetson.
Chrysler earned his bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management from Daytona State College in December of 2009.
What they are saying about Clint Chrysler:
‘I have known Clint for almost 25 years and cannot think of someone more qualified or deserving of being the new pitching coach at NC State. All Wolfpack fans will come to know the same loyal, hard working and personable force that I have for all of these years. I look forward to seeing him in Omaha with the rest of the staff soon.” – Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones
“Elliott Avent and NC State baseball made an outstanding hire. Clint is a fantastic coach and recruiter, but above all he is an even better person; his work ethic and passion being second to none. In the eight years we were together at Winthrop, he made a major impact on our baseball program, and I know he will do the same for the NC State baseball program.” – Winthrop Head Coach Tom Riginos
“Clint is the perfect hire for NC State Baseball. As a player in both college and pro ball he was the ultimate competitor. As a coach he has cultivated that mindset with his individual pitchers as well as the staff as a whole. He’s an outstanding communicator who brings out the best in each of his staff, no matter what their role. They will compete, be fundamentally sound, and will attack the strike zone.”– Retired Stetson Head Coach Pete Dunn (Chrysler’s collegiate head coach)
NC State Signee Blake Walston Signs Contract with D-Backs
2019 NC State Signee Blake Walston (6’4″/172) was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 26th overall pick tonight in the 1st round back on June 3rd.
There was some speculation on whether or not he would sign with the D-Backs, because he wouldn’t come cheap.
Many scouts believe that in three years, he could be one of the top picks in the draft.
We need to speculate no longer.
Walston will bypass college baseball at NC State, and begin his professional baseball career.
Walston’s signing bonus will net him $2.45 million of guaranteed money.
NC State’s Will Wilson Named Consensus All-American
RALEIGH – Junior shortstop Will Wilson of the NC State baseball team became the program’s first consensus All-American since 2012 after earning honors from DI Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) over the weekend.
Additionally, he earned second team honors on the College Baseball Foundation’s inaugural All-America list.
The Kings Mountain, N.C., native owns 11 All-America mentions in his career, the second-most in Wolfpack history behind Carlos Rodon. Rodon was the last consensus All-American prior to Wilson and earned 12 in his career.
Wilson was recently drafted by the Los Angeles Angels as the No. 15 overall pick and is currently with the Orem Owlz, the rookie affiliate for the Angels in Orem, Utah.
NC State’s Tyler McDonough Tabbed Perfect Game Freshman All-American
RALEIGH – Tyler McDonough of the NC State baseball team collected first team freshman All-America honors from Perfect Game on Thursday.
An All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman selection, this is the second All-America nod of his career as he was also recently named to Collegiate Baseball’s list.
A Liberty Township, Ohio, native, he led the team and all freshmen in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 80 hits, including 25 multi-hit performances. He started 60 games in center field and compiled a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
McDonough turned in three four-hit outings in ACC play, highlighted by his 4-for-5 showing vs. Wake Forest on April 20 when he was a single shy of hitting for the cycle. He also went 4-for-5 on March 10 vs. Pittsburgh and March 15 vs. then-No. 1 Florida State.
Additionally, he finished third on the team with a .320 clip and 47 runs batted in while stealing a team-best 10 bases out of 12 attempts, as those numbers rank top seven among all freshmen in the ACC.
NC State’s Patrick Bailey Projected as a 1st Round Pick in 2020 MLB Draft
It looks like NC State could have players drafted in the 1st Round of the MLB Draft in back-to-back years.
Shortstop Will Wilson was taken by the Los Angeles Angels with the 15th overall pick earlier this month, and MLB.com projects that Catcher Patrick Bailey will follow suit.
Bailey is projected to be taken 8th overall by the Cincinnati Reds.
8. Reds: Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina StateMLB
The class of the 2020 catchers, Bailey is a switch-hitter with power from both sides of the plate as well as solid throwing, receiving and blocking skills.
If Bailey were to be taken 8th overall next year, he would become the 2nd highest drafted player in NC State history behind Pitcher Carlos Rodon, who was taken 3rd overall by the Chicago White Sox back in 2014.
The Wolfpack have only had 7 players ever drafted in the 1st round, and have never had players taken in the 1st round in back-to-back years.
Bailey hit .288 as a Sophomore this year, with 68 hits, 17 doubles, 10 homers and a .513 slugging percentage in 2019. Defensively, he committed just five errors in 476 chances for a .989 fielding percentage.