And again here we go… again!
NC State added left-handed relief pitcher Rio Britton from Oregon.
Serving as one of the Ducks’ top relievers in 2022, Britton threw 39.1 ERA 3.20 innings in 34 appearances (all in relief), allowing 16 runs (14 earned) on 25 hits, 20 walks and 1 batter hit while batting. 35 hitters. That 22.2K% for the 6’2 Sacramento native is solid, but he’ll have to cut that 12.7BB% significantly in Raleigh. The good news is that a single RAP would indicate he has some semblance of control.
Britton announced his transfer to NC State via an Instagram post with a #0 jersey bearing his name in the Wolfpack locker room.
Again, the transfer portal is given and the transfer portal is removed. This time it’s freshman outfielder Carter Lindsay who is set to leave the Wolfpack baseball program. Lindsay, the 11th player on the 2022 NC State team transfer gate, was a developmental addition to last year’s freshman class. The athletic southpaw from AC Reynolds High School was a two-sport star in the prep ranks, also playing catcher on the gridiron. It will be interesting to see if he continues his career on the diamond or is transferred to play college football somewhere, although he is playing this summer for the Forest City Owls (along with the former NC State player and current Charlotte slugger Will Butcher) of the Coastal Plains League, so that would indicate he’s going to continue playing baseball.
A pair of Lindsay’s Wolfpack 2022 teammates and other transfer portal entries have found their baseball homes for the 2023 season. RHP Logan Adams has committed to Georgia State and OF Brady Lavoie will return to the West Coast and complete his career at San Diego State. Adams will come into a good position in Atlanta for playing time. The Panthers will need to replace their entire starting rotation starting in 2022.
For Lavoie, he will have a little trouble getting into the starting lineup with the Aztecs. SDSU started a freshman trio in the outfield last year and all three are slated to return (i.e. not in the transfer portal) in 2023. Certainly, at the very least, Lavoie will add a element of power which is missing in two of these three current Aztec voltigeurs.
In other NC State baseball news, the Wolfpack will once again be well represented at this year’s USA Baseball Collegiate National Team training camp. Infielder/utility Gino Groover has been invited while Elliott Avent, Josh Fisher and Josh Pike will help from a coaching standpoint.