Loading...
Bless the heart of the county commissioners, I think we all will come knocking on your doors when we receive our new...

Godwin: All five draftees turning pro

060319QuinnBaseball-7.jpg
1 of 2

East Carolina's Jake Washer, left, taps helmets with Alec Burleson to celebrate a home run against Quinnipiac during the NCAA Greenville Regional at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

051719ECUbaseball-6.jpg
Loading…

BY RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin said Tuesday morning he has not been contacted by Florida State about its coaching vacancy, and he also said that all five ECU juniors who were drafted last are leaving school and pursuing their professional careers.

The juniors leaving are Jake Agnos, Bryant Packard, Spencer Brickhouse, Jake Washer and Trey Benton. They were all drafted by Major League Baseball clubs last week, beginning with left-handed pitcher Agnos' selection in the fourth round by the New York Yankees before ECU played an NCAA super regional series at Louisville and the Pirates were ousted by the Cardinals the weekend before the College World Series.

"They put us in the national spotlight of very talented players coming to East Carolina," Godwin said of the juniors. "It's been a quick turnaround for those guys, but as of right now, we are expecting all of five of those guys who had eligibility remaining to sign and move on."

Godwin is planning on staying.

He has been pursued by other schools during his five seasons leading the Pirates and has been rumored as an option to fill Florida State's impending void at the end of this season, but he said he has not been contacted by other schools. FSU is headed to the College World Series later this week under college baseball coaching icon Mike Martin, who is retiring this year.

"I've not been contact by anybody and I would like to think that people have a little bit of trust in me," said Godwin, whose career record leading the Pirates is 201-109-1. "I've been pursued a couple times since I've been here and have been here for five years. I haven't wavered from that decision and this place means a lot to me.

"We are working our tails off every single day just to be better and we are in a great place right now with our program."

Washer, a catcher who redshirted his first season at ECU in 2016, had perhaps the most difficult decision to make after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 29th round. Agnos, a first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and second-teamer by Baseball America, Brickhouse and Packard all were picked during the first seven rounds on Day 1 of the MLB draft. Benton is recovering from late-season arm surgery and posted on Twitter on Wednesday that he is joining the Cleveland Indians organization after he was selected in the 15th round.

"Washer has graduated and that was the plan," Godwin said. "If he didn't get a shot (to turn pro) then he would have come back, but he has done what he needed to do here and this is his opportunity to go out and play."

The Pirates hit 71 home runs this year, 38 of which came from either Packard, Washer or Brickhouse. Washer led the team with 17.

With Washer gone, ECU will return Seth Caddell at catcher and bring in a few newcomers. Key pitchers slated to return for the 2020 season include Tyler Smith, Jake Kuchmaner, Gavin Williams, Alec Burleson and Ryder Giles.

"I've told our younger guys that the nameplates won't say Agnos, Packard, Benton, Brickhouse, Washer or (departing senior shortstop Turner) Brown, but they will say (Lane) Hoover, (Thomas) Francisco, Caddell and whoever else," Godwin said. "The guys we have coming in are very talented. I think this is as deep of a recruiting class as we have ever had.

"We'll need some guys to step up in leadership roles who were on the team this year. Kuchmaner already is a leader and Burleson has to do even more with being a leader, even though it's tougher for him because he is bouncing back and forth between pitching and hitting. I really want the next team to take on the personality of Kuchmaner and Burleson."

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

ECU

June 24, 2019

Prep teams from all over North Carolina and Virginia took the fields at North Recreation Complex on Saturday with bragging rights on the line during East Carolina football’s annual Beast of the East 7-on-7 tournament.

Representing Pitt County was D.H. Conley, which made its mark especially on…

5d0fe2c98c286.image.jpg

June 24, 2019

From kicking specialists to soon-to-be Pirate signees to exuberant youngsters and women ready to take the field and play more football, first-year East Carolina coach Mike Houston is using June and July to welcome all kinds of campers to ECU football's facilities and fields.

Last week provided a…

5d0a9448e28cc.image.jpg

June 23, 2019

East Carolina baseball athletic trainer Zac Womack was first to receive a call from the Cleveland Indians about ECU injured pitcher Trey Benton, who received the final call from the Indians on June 5 when they drafted him in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.

Benton, a junior right-…

042419ECUbaseball-8.JPG.jpg

June 21, 2019

An East Carolina official team spokesman confirmed Friday afternoon that ECU basketball guard Shawn Williams, the American Athletic Conference rookie of the year for 2017-18, entered the NCAA transfer portal.

The Pirates have Jayden Gardner and Seth LeDay returning from last season’s team,…

021418ECUbasketball-3.JPG

June 19, 2019

A bill that would allow alcohol sales to the general public during UNC system sporting events and open a new revenue source for East Carolina University and other state universities is headed to the governor.

House Bill 389 was approved Monday by the state Senate and on Wednesday passed in the…

090918ECUFootball-11.jpg.jpg

June 19, 2019

Each of the four American Athletic Conference basketball teams that participated in the 2019 NCAA tournament will visit Minges Coliseum to play East Carolina during the upcoming season, but talented Memphis is not on ECU’s home schedule.

The American Athletic Conference announced its league…

020119ECUbasketball-1.JPG

June 18, 2019

Slugger Spencer Brickhouse joined two East Carolina baseball teammates this week to give the Pirates three All-Americans in the same season for the first time since 2004, when four Pirates earned All-America status.

The Pirates have had an All-American on their team every year dating back to 2013.…

060319ECUbaseball-5-2.jpg

June 11, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

East Carolina alum Cliff Godwin was hired as ECU’s 16th head baseball coach on June 25, 2014, and within a week, he and the Pirates received a verbal commitment from a local standout in D.H. Conley High School star hitter Bryant Packard.

In the following weeks and months, ECU…

NCAA East Carolina Louisville Baseball

June 11, 2019

East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin said Tuesday morning he has not been contacted by Florida State about its coaching vacancy, and he also said that all five ECU juniors who were drafted last are leaving school and pursuing their professional careers.

The juniors leaving are Jake Agnos,…

060319QuinnBaseball-7.jpg

June 09, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was a difficult postgame exchange between East Carolina fifth-year baseball coach Cliff Godwin and Louisville 13th year coach Dan McDonnell on Saturday afternoon, much like it was difficult on the Pirates during their two NCAA super regional losses to Louisville to end…

NCAA Louisville East Carolina Baseball
221 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 23
        Next Page»   Last Page»