Clemson baseball transfer tracker: Who's leaving, joining Tigers via portal (2024)

Christina LongGreenville News

Clemson baseball's first season under coach Erik Bakich is done, and the Tigers are already seeing some roster movement thanks to the transfer portal.

The Tigers' 2023 season concluded in the Clemson Regional of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers hosted a regional for the first time since 2018, but their streak of not advancing to a super regional extended to 10 seasons after they lost to Tennessee and Charlotte.

It ended earlier than Clemson hoped, but the season was a success for a program under new management trying to get back to postseason winning ways. Now, the Tigers turn to building their 2024 roster.

Here's who's coming to and going from Clemson via the transfer portal.

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Players transferring to Clemson

Noah Samol, LHP — A 6-foot-8 Ohio native from Georgia Tech, Samol will be a sophom*ore at Clemson next season. He pitched in 12 games with an 0-1 record and 11.40 ERA in 15 innings pitched.

Lucas Mahlstedt, RHP A first-team All-Southern Conference selection at Wofford in 2023, Mahlstedt led the Terriers with six saves and had seven wins in relief. He had a 2.69 ERA and an 68-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 83⅔ innings. Mahlstedt, who will be a junior, becomes the second Wofford pitcher to transfer this offseason, following Matthew Marchal.

Alden Mathes, LHP/OF — A left-handed graduate transfer from Richmond, Mathes was a two-way player with the Spiders. As a pitcher, he worked primarily out of the bullpen this season, pitching 11⅓ innings in nine appearances with 17 hits and 10 earned runs allowed. As a hitter, the Pennsylvania native has a career batting average of .319 with 31 home runs and a .408 on-base percentage across four seasons.

Jacob Hinderleider, INF — A grad transfer from Davidson, Hinderleider played mostly shortstop this past season. The Hawaii native hit .282 with seven home runs in 48 games. In 2022, Hinderleider had a breakout season with a .335 average and 12 home runs for a .611 slugging percentage and was named second-team All-Atlantic 10.

Matthew Marchal, RHP — Marchal announced his commitment to Clemson on June 8 after two seasons at Wofford and his freshman year at Furman. The Greenville native and St. Joseph's Catholic alumnus has a 4.08 career ERA in 55 games. He started 19 games for the Terriers in 2023, including two complete games, with a 4.58 ERA and .250 opponent batting average.

Andrew Ciufo, INF – A senior infielder at Georgetown University, he’ll continue his career at Clemson with two seasons of eligibility remaining. A 6-foot, 195-pounder from Medford, N.Y., Ciufo batted .297 with nine home runs and 37 RBI during the 2022 season with the Hoyas, but missed the 2023 season after undergoing a surgical procedure. He played in the Coastal Plain League in 2022 and made the CPL All-Star Game after hitting .315 with four home runs and 25 RBIs for the Wilmington (N.C.) Sharks.

Jimmy Obertop, C After a standout season for Michigan under Bakich in 2022, Obertop was lost in the Wolverines' shuffle after the coach left for Clemson. Obertop went from hitting 15 homers with 54 RBIs and batting .278 in 234 at-bats to just 60 at-bats in 2023 and hit just. 200. He slugged three home runs, two in a game against Ohio State. Obertop as a junior season was named the No. 23 overall MLB Draft prospect in the Big Ten Conference by and was n the national watchlist for catcher of the year.

Players leaving Clemson via portal

Billy Amick, INF – Amick didn’t earn his first start at Clemson until the 15th game of the 2023 season, then became one of the Tigers’ most consistent contributors. A sophom*ore from Batesburg, he was named an All-American and first-team All-ACC after hitting .413 with 13 home runs, including two grand slams. His 63 RBI were second on the team while he led the Tigers with 17 doubles and a .772 slugging percentage. Where he landed: Tennessee.

Gavin Abrams, OF — The sophom*ore out of St. Johns, Florida, appeared in 15 games across two seasons with Clemson. He hit .231 in 13 appearances in 2023 and had a pinch-hit home run against South Carolina early in the year. Where he landed: Old Dominion.

Hogan Garner, C — Garner entered the portal after spending his freshman season at Clemson. The Charleston native did not appear in any games. Where he landed: College of Charleston.

Jay Dill, RHP — Dill pitched in 28 games as a freshman in 2022 and 11 as a sophom*ore in 2023. All were relief appearances. He has a career 6.38 ERA in 55 innings pitched. Where he landed: Troy.

Clemson baseball transfer tracker: Who's leaving, joining Tigers via portal (2024)
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