College Baseball Central Podcast: Talking Winthrop Baseball with Bret McCormick

On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy is joined by Bret McCormick of The Herald of Rock Hill, South Carolina, to talk Winthrop baseball.

The Eagles finished the 2018 season with a 25-31 mark overall and a 15-12 record in league play, good for a fourth-place finish in the Big South Conference. That’s a top-half finish in a competitive league, but given the consistenly high level of play Winthrop has established in recent years and the optimism going into the 2018 season, that might have been a little bit of a disappointment for the team.

Heading into 2019, despite the loss of a player the caliber of shortstop Mitch Spires, a four-year contributor to the program who shot up to AA in his first season of minor league baseball in 2018, there should still be optimism about the team’s chances to compete at the top of the league once again. Chief among the reasons for optimism has to be the return of Zach Peek and Nate Pawelczyk to the front of the rotation. If they improve, or even just repeat their established form, they’ll give head coach Tom Riginos and his staff one of the best rotations in the league.

Among the topics discussed on this episode are:

  • Where Winthrop’s finish in 2018 fell relative to expectations heading into the season
  • Who the catalyst was for the team when things were going well
  • What made Spires such a quality player throughout his career
  • Where Riginos should be most confident in his team heading into 2019
  • Breakout candidates among those who were on the roster last season.
  • Rock Hill food recommendations

Thanks for listening, everyone!

About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.