Matt Wotherspoon to return to Pitt baseball in 2014

Photo courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh athletics department (www.pittsburghpanthers.com)

Pitt's baseball team lost both pitcher Ethan Mildren and catcher Elvin Soto in the Major League Baseball Draft. Both decided to sign with their new teams, the Minnesota Twins and Arizona Diamondbacks respectively, and begin their pro careers.

Those moves hurt the team for 2014, but the Panthers got some good news a few days ago when the deadline for signing draft picks had ended and pitcher Matt Wotherspoon went unsigned. Wotherspoon was taken in the draft's 20th round by the Detroit Tigers, but never signed. Pitt's website has confirmed that listing Wotherspoon on the roster for next year.

Wotherspoon will return to join pitcher Rhys Aldenhoven next year and Pitt gets back 2/3 of their starting rotation from perhaps the most successful season in school history. The losses of Mildren and Soto are big since both were a big part of the record amount of wins. But with Wotherspoon and Aldenhoven, along with position players Casey Roche, Steven Shelinsky, Boo Vazquez, Stephen Vranka, etc., all back, the club has a chance to do impressive things next year in the ACC.

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