WATCH: Clemson baseball previews 2018 season


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Preseason All-American Seth Beer is expected to split time between first base and left field.
Preseason All-American Seth Beer is expected to split time between first base and left field.

Clemson baseball, which ranks as high as No. 12 preseason, held its first practice Friday ahead of its series opener on Feb. 16 with William & Mary (4 p.m.).

Preseason first-team All-American Seth Beer leads a Tigers lineup returning five starters, also including Collegiate Baseball preseason second-team All-American catcher Chris Williams and Perfect Game preseason All-ACC shortstop Logan Davidson.

In the pitching rotation, Clemson faces replacing four starters, including two All-ACC reps in Charlie Barnes and Pat Krall. Reliable reliever Ryley Gilliam returns after going 3-1 with four saves and a 2.57 ERA in a team-leading 27 appearances last year.

The Tigers held court at Doug Kingsmore Stadium Friday afternoon to talk up the new season and expectations for Clemson baseball:

Clemson coach Monte Lee

Clemson 1B/OF Seth Beer

Clemson shortstop Logan Davidson

Clemson catcher Chris Williams

Clemson RHP Ryan Miller

Clemson RHP Spencer Strider

Clemson RHP Ryley Gilliam

2018 TEAM INFORMATION
Lettermen Returning: 19
Lettermen Lost: 12
2017 Starting Position Players Returning (5): Seth Beer (RF), Grayson Byrd (3B), Logan Davidson (SS), Jordan Greene (2B), Chris Williams (C)
2017 Starting Position Players Lost (3): Andrew Cox (1B), Chase Pinder (OF), Reed Rohlman (LF,DH)
2017 Starting Pitchers Returning (0)
2017 Starting Pitchers Lost (4): Charlie Barnes (L), Alex Eubanks (R), Tyler Jackson (R), Pat Krall (L)
2017 All-Americans Returning (1): Seth Beer (OF)
2017 All-Americans Lost (1): Reed Rohlman (OF)
2017 All-ACC Players Returning (1): Seth Beer (OF)
2017 All-ACC Players Lost (5): Charlie Barnes (SP), Andrew Cox (1B), Pat Krall (SP), Chase Pinder (OF), Reed Rohlman (OF)
RETURNING LEADERS
Batting Average - Seth Beer (.298)
Games - Seth Beer, Logan Davidson (63)
Runs - Logan Davidson (56)
Hits - Logan Davidson (69)
Doubles - Seth Beer (17)
Triples - Seth Beer, Grayson Byrd, Kyle Wilkie (1)
Home Runs - Seth Beer (16)
RBIs - Seth Beer (53)
Stolen Bases - Logan Davidson (10)
ERA - Brooks Crawford, Owen Griffith (1.23)
Wins - Brooks Crawford (4)
Appearances - Ryley Gilliam (27)
Saves - Ryley Gilliam (4)
Innings Pitched - Ryley Gilliam (35.0)
Strikeouts - Ryley Gilliam (50)

Tags: Andrew Cox, Reed Rohlman, Chase Pinder, Charlie Barnes, Alex Eubanks, Pat Krall, Jordan Greene, Seth Beer, Brooks Crawford, Ryley Gilliam, Chris Williams
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