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Tigers in the MLB: Playoffs

Jessica Johnson // Alumnus
Former Clemson infielder Weston Wilson (8) played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from 2014-2016 before he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2016 MLB draft.

With the MLB beginning its postseason, the Clemson Tigers are well-represented in the playoffs. Here are the former Tigers who have reached the playoffs:

Spencer Strider, pitcher | Atlanta Braves

Since Strider’s MLB debut in 2021, the Atlanta pitcher has risen through the pitching ranks and has cemented himself as one of the top aces in professional baseball.

In the 2023 regular season, Strider started in all 32 games he appeared in and had 20 wins and only five losses in those games. Strider has also had 281 strikeouts compared to 146 hits and 85 runs allowed.

As for the playoffs, Strider helped lead the Braves to the best record in the MLB and the No. 1 seed in the National League. Strider started for the Braves in their first playoff game of the 2023 season, which ended in a 3-0 loss for the Braves against the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite the loss, Strider looked impressive in this game, as he had eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. He also allowed five hits and two runs.

Strider was a fourth-round pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 2020 draft but has quickly blossomed into a top star in the MLB. Strider is also Clemson’s first MLB All-Star since the 1994 season.

Weston Wilson, infielder | Philadelphia Phillies

Wilson made his debut for the Phillies on Aug. 9 and hit a home run in the game. Wilson has played in eight total games in his career and has five hits, five runs, two RBIs, one home run, and has been walked six times in 16 career at-bats.

The 29-year-old is in his first season in the MLB for the Phillies after being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17th round of the 2016 MLB draft. The third baseman played at Clemson from 2014-2016 and tallied 156 hits, 95 runs, 94 RBIs and 14 home runs in his time as a Tiger.

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