Former Clemson closer Carson Spiers signed a free agent deal to play professional baseball with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

“Amazing to watch how far this young man has come during his time with us. Shows you how much you can accomplish with belief, toughness, dedication and hard work! Good luck Carson!”

Monte Lee on Twitter

With this years MLB Draft being shortened to just five rounds, lots of guys that would have normally been selected were not. This includes Spiers.

While he could have taken advantage of the NCAA giving him a year of eligibility back by returning to school for another season, that is easier said than done. That would very likely include being enrolled in grad school, not to mention the financial aspect.

After serving as the teams closer for the past two seasons, Spiers finishes his career at Clemson appearing in 71 games, with a 7-7 record and a 2.47 ERA in 109.1 innings pitched.

Opponents hit just .180 against him and he struck out 103 batters while walking 38. He’s currently tied for third all time in hits allowed per nine innings pitched (5.76) and is tied for ninth in all-time relief appearances (71).

Over his career he inherited 84 baserunners and allowed just 14 to score.

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