Based on the roster on Clemson's athletics Website, the following four players were placed on the team's "developmental squad:" outfielder John Mulkey and pitchers Kyle Bailey, Daniel Chewning and Garrett Lovorn.
Mulkey is from Emerald High, Chewning is from Seneca High and Lovorn is from Pendleton High. Mulkey and Lovorn are freshmen; Bailey is a sophomore and Chewning is a redshirt sophomore who was a walk-on.
Bailey made two appearances totaling one inning last season. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out one.
NCAA guidelines do not allow them to practice with the team this season. It's my understanding they can use the baseball facilities, but not when the team is there.
This is another area where I feel the NCAA mismanages college baseball.
For whatever reason, Clemson coach Jack Leggett and his staff determined 35 other players were in better position to contribute this season a part of the official roster.
Since there are only 11.7 scholarships to distribute - and only 27 of the 35 roster players can receive baseball scholarship help - what's the harm in these guys being able to practice with the rest of the squad? Perhaps coaches - not just Clemson; South Carolina trimmed nine players from its roster hours before Friday's opener against Liberty - don't feel they can afford to divide their attention among more than 35 players during the season.
But players who don't make the 35-man squad are already, in essence, deemed not as ready to play as the others. By not getting team practice time, aren't they going to fall farther behind and face an even rockier road next season if they should try for a roster spot again? If they were allowed to train with the roster players, perhaps they'd see something or learn something to improve their chances.
By the way, USC's cuts were catcher Ray Murphy, first basemen Zack Smith and Ryan Ripken, infielder Weber Pike, outfielder Anthony Paulsen and pitchers Hunter Privette, Austin Hill. Kwinton Smith and Cameron Tewksbury. I had posted them on my Website, palmettostatebaseball.com, but not on this blog.