Tigers land nation's No. 55 prospect


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Raffield is the nation's No. 55 prospect (Photo courtesy of Perfect Game)

Clemson head coach Monte Lee picked up a huge commitment Thursday night when 2018 RHP Carter Raffield of Cochran (GA) Bleckley County gave his verbal commitment.

Raffield is ranked as the nation's No. 55-ranked prospect according to Perfect Game USA.

From Perfect Game: “Carter Raffield is the top remaining uncommitted arm in the 2018 class and worked 90-94 with his fastball. The arm action is long through the back and he generated good extension and plane on the fastball. He showed a feel for three pitches which includes a hard changeup at 85 mph.”

From baseballscoutz.com: Big Power arm 88-91 at our workout. Little wrist wrap on backside but gets ball back out on time with good life. Power stuff armside run. 3/4 slot. Curveball is 71MPH 12/6, Changes 71MPH turnsover. Major DI arm could be guy to watch in 2018 Draft.

Raffield told TigerNet he told Lee and the Clemson coaches Thursday.

"They were pretty ecstatic," Raffield said. "It's really an honor and a blessing to be going to Clemson. I think they are doing some special things there, and I can't wait to get there and get in school and be a part of it. The decision wasn't easy, but Clemson has great coaches and great facilities."

TigerNet will have a lengthier story with Raffield's quotes on Friday. His older brother was drafted in 2014 by the St. Louis Cardinals.

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