|Ht./Wt.:||6-0, 195 lbs|
|High School:||Christian Academy of Knoxville|
|Years:||2018 - 2020|
Clemson’s top freshman in 2018, but missed 2019 due to injury … has one of the hardest fastballs on the team … has been both a long reliever and starter … two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member.
2019: ACC Academic Honor Roll member … suffered an arm injury in January and received a medical redshirt … No. 97 college prospect for the 2020 draft in the preseason by D1Baseball … No. 26 sophomore in the nation in the preseason by Perfect Game … No. 21 ACC prospect for the 2020 draft in the preseason by D1Baseball.
2018: Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball … All-ACC Freshman selection … ACC Academic Honor Roll member … had a 5-2 record and 4.76 ERA in 22 appearances (six starts) … in 51.0 innings pitched, he allowed 40 hits (.215 opponents’ batting average) and 35 walks with 70 strikeouts … fourth in Tiger history in strikeouts per nine innings pitched (12.35) … led the team in strikeouts … only allowed 11 extra-base hits … had a 2.75 ERA in 36.0 innings pitched after the third inning … had a 3-0 record, one save, a 2.59 ERA, .171 opponents’ batting average and 46 strikeouts in 31.1 innings pitched over his 16 relief appearances … had a 2-0 record, 2.14 ERA, .205 opponents’ batting average and 27 strikeouts in 21.0 innings pitched over nine appearances (one start) in ACC regular-season games … had a 1-0 record, 1.29 ERA, .128 opponents’ batting average and 19 strikeouts in 14.0 innings pitched over five appearances (one start) on opponents’ home fields … pitched 3.0 innings in relief, allowing two hits and one walk with seven strikeouts to earn the win against William & Mary on Feb. 17; was his first career appearance … pitched 3.0 innings in relief, allowing two hits and one run with four strikeouts to record his first career save in the first game of a doubleheader against No. 10 Dallas Baptist on Feb. 24 … pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief with five strikeouts to earn the win in the first game of a doubleheader against Georgia Tech on March 10 … pitched 2.2 innings in relief, allowing two hits and no runs with four strikeouts in the second game of a doubleheader at No. 11 Louisville on March 25 … pitched 2.0 perfect innings in relief with four strikeouts against Boston College on March 29 … pitched 6.2 innings in a starting role, allowing two hits and one run with seven strikeouts to earn the win against No. 18 Coastal Carolina on April 3; did not allow a hit or a runner past first base until the seventh inning … pitched 2.1 innings in relief, allowing two hits and no earned runs in the first game of a doubleheader against Miami (Fla.) on April 14 … pitched 2.0 perfect innings in relief with three strikeouts at No. 12 Georgia on April 17 … pitched 3.1 innings in relief, allowing one hit and no runs with five strikeouts at Wake Forest on April 20 … pitched 2.2 innings in relief, allowing one hit and no runs with six strikeouts to earn the win against Kennesaw State on April 24 … pitched 1.1 innings in relief, allowing no hits and no runs with one strikeout against Austin Peay on May 13 … pitched 5.0 innings in his first career ACC regular-season start, allowing three hits and two runs with seven strikeouts to earn the win at Pittsburgh on May 17 … No. 28 freshman in the nation in the preseason by Perfect Game … No. 3 freshman in the ACC in the preseason by Baseball America … No. 5 freshman in the ACC in the preseason by Perfect Game … No. 26 freshman in the ACC in the preseason by D1Baseball … No. 7 ACC prospect for the 2020 draft in the preseason by Perfect Game … played for Falmouth in the Cape Cod League in the summer, where he was 2-2 with a 3.37 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 26.2 innings pitched over six appearances (five starts).
Before Clemson: Drafted in the 35th round (No. 1,062 overall pick) by the Cleveland Indians … first-team All-American as a senior … state Gatorade Player-of-the-Year and Mr. Baseball as a senior … member of the state championship team as a senior … lettered three times in baseball at Christian Academy of Knoxville, where he was coached by Tommy Pharr.
Personal: Majoring in political science … born Spencer Robert Strider on Oct. 28, 1998 in Columbus, Ohio.
• Favorite hobbies – Fishing, playing guitar, reading and cooking
• Interesting fact about family/parents – His grandmother is the “world’s biggest Cleveland Indians fan”
• One fact that most people don’t know – Recently became a vegan
• Favorite food or candy – Raspberries
• Proudest childhood accomplishment – Winning the baseball state championship in high school
• Ideal vacation spot – Cleveland, Ohio
• Childhood hero – Corey Kluber
• One person, living or dead, to eat dinner with – Bernie Sanders
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide
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