College Baseball Countdown: 96 Days to Go – Tim Cate

Photo - Don Miller College Baseball Central

Photo – Don Miller College Baseball Central

Of late, the University of Connecticut, under head coach Jim Penders and his staff, has become something of an overlooked pitching factory.

You can go back to 2011 and find first-round pick Matt Barnes, a workhorse who was part of that outstanding 2011 UConn team that also featured George Springer. Barnes is now a mainstay as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

In 2014 and 2015, Carson Cross was drafted, and while he wasn’t drafted in a round nearly as low as Barnes, he was just about every bit as effective while in a Huskies uniform, going 22-7 with a 2.20 ERA over 254 innings pitched.

Then there was Anthony Kay, who was a first-round draft pick of the Mets in this most recent MLB Draft after going 22-12 with a 2.64 ERA at UConn.

It looks for all the world like Tim Cate will be the next in line.

As a freshman a season ago, Cate went 5-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 14 appearances, 13 of which were starts. In 82.1 innings, he struck out 101 and walked 27 with a .186 opponent batting average. That effort earned him Freshman All-American honors from Louisville Slugger and his place as the American Athletic Conference Rookie Pitcher of the Year.

Then, Cate spent the summer as a member of Collegiate Team USA, where he was effective in a small sample with the club, and after which, D1Baseball.com’s Aaron Fitt named him the 15th-best prospect on Team USA.

With Kay gone, Cate will certainly be asked to step into a bigger role in the UConn starting rotation as the team’s ace, although he won’t be alone. Also returning will be Will Montgomerie, who went 6-3 with a 3.04 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 74 innings of work and then spent his summer pitching on the Cape for Yarmouth-Dennis.

Those two, led by the dynamic lefty Cate, will be a one-two punch to be reckoned with in the spring.

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.