Editor’s Note: The original version incorrectly stated that Griffin Roberts was returning for his senior year, but he was in fact a draft-eligible sophomore last year. It has been corrected in the article below and the title.
While the baseball season ended just a few weeks ago, a piece of news over the weekend that came out should have a major impact on the 2017-18 edition of Wake Forest baseball. Rising
senior junior Griffin Roberts has announced that he will indeed come back to complete his final year at Wake Forest.
Roberts was drafted in the 29th round by the Minnesota Twins, but would have likely been drafted much earlier if teams thought his heart was set on coming to the MLB.
While the overall win/loss numbers don’t look too pretty at 2-5, Roberts served as the closer for the Deacs, and put up a 2.19 ERA to go with 8 saves. His 13.5 K/9 set a school record as he limited opponents to a .160 batting average against.
Roberts is expected to move into a starting role and if I had to guess will be the Friday night starter for Wake Forest next year. With the losses of Parker Dunshee, Connor Johnstone (seniors), and Donnie Sellers (MLB Draft), this is a huge piece of news for the Wake pitching staff.
It will be interesting to see if Roberts can continue to develop his fastball to supplement his devastating slider. In addition to consistency there, control and command will need to continue to improve, as wild pitches and walks were a big issue when the pressure was on late in the year.
I believe that Roberts will be an absolute stud for Wake next year and be one of the best pitchers in the ACC. This is fantastic news for head coach Tom Walter, as well as the entire Wake baseball program.
Welcome back to Wake Griffin!