College Baseball Countdown: 25 Days to Go - Matt Crohan

Matt Crohan isn’t a household name on the national scene and the Winthrop Eagles weren’t a team that attracted a ton of attention in 2015, but if he can put together a big season in the coming year, both of those things could change.

A season ago, Crohan went 7-4 with a 3.05 ERA. In 76.2 innings of work, he struck out 87 and opposing batters hit just .220 against him. Just as impressive was his stuff, headlined by a fastball that regularly ran into the mid-90s.

All of this was enough for Crohan to earn his place on Collegiate Team USA over the summer, where he held his own on the same field with the very best from the SEC, Pac-12, and all of the other power conferences in college baseball. That only served to raise his draft profile, and in the fall, named him the 39th-best prospect in college baseball. More recently, Baseball American listed him 31st on their ranking of the best prospects in the nation.

The Eagles haven’t had a pitcher with such high draft grades since Kevin Slowey ended up being a second-round pick more than a decade ago in 2005. Crohan will undoubtedly do his best to equal Slowey not only from a draft standpoint, but also in terms of what he did on the field to help his team, as Slowey’s 2005 squad went 44-22 and made their way into a regional.

He certainly has what it takes to achieve the former, and with the talent Winthrop has returning around Crohan, the latter is within reach as well.

Sam Kmiec, who was at times dominant in his own right as a starter last season, is back, as are top hitters Anthony Paulsen, Roger Gonzalez, Mark Lowrie, Tyler Asbill, and Babe Thomas.

If Crohan reaches his full potential in 2016, and the team accomplishes what they set out to do, and you still aren’t familiar with Crohan’s work when it’s all said and done, that’s on you.

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.