Photos from Wake Forest's practice on January 29, 2012.
Walter on Kaden
"Connor has Friday night power stuff. With a good two-seam fastball, a power slider and a solid change-up the sky is the limit. What role he pitches in will be determined by his command and confidence. When it all comes together he will be dynamite."
Emerged as a strong starting pitcher after moving from the bullpen ... Drafted by the San Francisco Giants (27th round, 808th overall) in the 2014 MLB Draft ... Made 12 starts and appeared in 17 total games ... Season debut came in the opener against Towson (Feb. 15) and pitched two scoreless innings while striking out four ... Started against Davidson (Feb. 18) and struck out a career-high eight batters in five innings ... Started against Saint Peter's (March 2) and recorded seven strikeouts while giving up just three hits and earning the win ... Went a career-high seven innings and limited Boston College (March 22) to just three hits while walking one ... Closed the game against Florida State (April 20) while limiting the Seminoles to no hits over two innings and striking out two to earn the save ... Started two games in the series at NC State and pitched five strong innings in the finale against the Wolfpack (May 12) ... Pitched five innings against No. 1 Virginia (May 17) and gave up just three hits to the Cavaliers.
Made 21 appearances, including one start, for Wake Forest ... His 21 trips to the mound were the second-most on the team ... Had a team-best three saves and ended the year with a 3.56 ERA ... Pitched 30.1 innings and struck out 27 batters ... Held opponents to a .239 batting average ... Gave up two earned runs in his season debut at ULM (Feb. 17) and one more earned run in his fourth appearance of the year at Charlotte (Mar. 5) before going seven straight appearances out of the bullpen without giving up an earned run ... Through his first 11 appearances of the year, posted a 1.50 ERA in 18.0 innings, while striking out 14 and holding opponents to a .194 batting average ... Struck out four batters on three occasions, including vs. Youngstown State (Feb.24), vs. Gardner-Webb (Mar. 13) and at Elon (May 1) ... Earned the save in three straight appearances: at Maryland on March 23, at Maryland on March 24 and at Georgia Tech on March 30 ... Did not allow a run in his final three outings and four of his final five outings of the season.
2012 (Freshman) Made nine appearances and three starts in 11.0 innings on the mound during his freshman campaign ... Recorded a 9.82 ERA and a 1-0 record ... Finished the year with eight strikeouts ... Made his collegiate debut at New Mexico St. (2/18), going an inning and striking out a batter without giving up a run ... Started three consecutive appearances from Apr. 17 - May 1 against UNCG (4/17), Winthrop (4/24) and Elon (5/1) ... Struck out a season-best three batters vs. Elon ... Did not allow an earned run in four of his nine appearances ... Earned his first-career win vs. NJIT (3/14) after throwing an inning of relief.
Ranked in the Top 500 according to Perfect Game ... Named All-Conference as a sophomore and junior ... Pitches for the New Jersey Marlins in the summer ... Averaged nearly two strikeouts an inning as a junior ... Ranked in the Top 15 players in the state of New Jersey in spring of 2011.