Roberts Returning to Wake Forest in 2018
July 8, 2017

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest pitcher Griffin Roberts announced that he'll be returning to the Demon Deacons for his junior season in 2018.

A top-200 prospect heading into the 2017 MLB Draft, Roberts slid to the Minnesota Twins in the 29th round thanks in large part to his desire to return to Winston-Salem.

"I'm excited to be able to spend another year with my teammates and all of the newcomers, as well," Roberts said. "I look forward to being a small piece of the puzzle that's aiming for Omaha."

As the Demon Deacons' closer, Roberts finished the year with a 2-5 record, 2.19 ERA and team-leading eight saves. He set a new program season record by striking out 13.5 batters per nine innings, finishing with 80 strikeouts in 53.1 frames. Opponents hit just .160 against him as he anchored the back end of the bullpen.

Roberts is expected to move from the bullpen to the starting rotation in 2018 and compete for the Friday night starter role. He has been preparing for that with the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League, where he has started three games, holding a 2.57 ERA with 17 strikeouts and four walks.

All of Wake Forest's freshmen signees will also make it to campus. Shane Muntz was drafted by the Padres in the 37th round but did not sign. Michael Ludowig and D.J. Poteet were ranked among Baseball America's top 500 draft prospects but went undrafted thanks to strong commitments to Wake Forest.

 

 

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