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So the fall ball roster does not have to be cut down for the spring roster. so there won't be the "fun" of studying the fall roster and trying to figure out who might get cut and who might make the team. Still, there would still be the possibility of players leaving a team during or after fall ball after figuring out their place in the totem pole, so to speak.

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>The two things to watch moving forward are the 32 counters and 25% scholarship minimum. The unlimited roster makes sense right now because we’re in unprecedented times. Some programs will have a load of seniors and juniors coming back, while also welcoming more freshmen than usual because of the limited, five-round MLB draft. There’s just no way for some programs to stay at a 35-man roster in 2021. The unlimited roster will certainly go back to normal in the fall of 2021. However, sources tell us that there’s momentum for permanently keeping the 32-player counters and getting rid of the 25% scholarship minimum moving forward after 2021. The ability to spread the wealth, so to speak, to 32 different players would be a win for college baseball. Stay tuned on both of those.<
 
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Wow, kinda surprised with that signing but always wish Uconn athletes the best!! Wish he would comeback but going pro is a big deal!
 
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Even with Nick Krauth leaving for the pros, it still looks to me that potentially UConn has quite a bit of depth to its pitching staff. In the 4+ weeks of the season we saw, it appeared that the Husky pitching staff had a goodly number of arms that could be counted on. Of course, we have to see who else from UConn may decide to go pro. But there were pitchers who are well regarded (Justin Willis comes to mind, not to mention the much more publicized Ben Casparius who has his own big decision to make) that did not get to pitch at all or had much of a chance to contribute or to develop. Plus, the Huskies of a bunch of pitching recruits coming in, led by the highly regarded Adrian Siravo and Calvin Ziegler. While I would have loved to see Nick Krauth over the course of a full season, I suspect that there is a goodly quality and quantity to the talent on the UConn pitching staff.
 
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O.K., while he came out of the blue Krauth was beyond dominant for four weekends. You can try to replace him by everyone else on the staff being somewhat better, but there shouldn't be pretending that this isn't a HUGE loss. Given how unknown he was before giving us one good month, I'm somewhat surprised but good for him.

It puts more emphasis on hoping Casparius comes back, because otherwise we're a long way from having a Friday night lights #1 on the roster.
 

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Just dreaming - if we had Krauth, Casparius and Willis for next year and then all the returning and new arms, mamma mia.
 
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O.K., while he came out of the blue Krauth was beyond dominant for four weekends. You can try to replace him by everyone else on the staff being somewhat better, but there shouldn't be pretending that this isn't a HUGE loss. Given how unknown he was before giving us one good month, I'm somewhat surprised but good for him.

It puts more emphasis on hoping Casparius comes back, because otherwise we're a long way from having a Friday night lights #1 on the roster.
Who's pretending? Krauth was a terrific Junior pitcher for UConn, and now he is gone to the pro game. That's what happens in college baseball. And yes, he did come out of the blue. When you have quality and quantity to your pitching depth, that sort of thing can happen. Just got to hope it keeps on happening and that the coaching staff continues developing pitchers that they currently have on the staff as well as the newcomers who will arrive in Storrs this fall.

It certainly would be easier to have Casparius around Storrs and the new ballpark in the fall, but that is his decision to make. It's always great to be able to pencil in someone of his ability into a starting pitching position. If not, the team will have to move on and adjust, and I'm confident in the team's ability to do just that. UConn could be turning to the likes of Jimmy Wang and Patrick Gallagher for the weekend rotation next season. The coaching staff sounded very high on both these guys in interviews following the truncated season for possible weekend starters next season. Wang very well could have been a weekend starter if it weren't for his injury and illness at the beginning of the last season. At any rate, we'll see how it all goes.
 
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As for Kenny Haus, he was not listed as graduating, and he is currently not listed by D1Baseball.com as transferring from UConn. I'd like to think he may be back in Storrs in the fall, but like everything else, we'll see on that one.
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>> And Casparius, a two-way player who will be mostly concentrating on pitching, will be returning to a team that should be loaded. Casparius was at the driving range with Orange’s Pat and Chris Winkel recently, and he noted that Chris Winkel intends to return as a fifth-year senior (something all senior athletes are allowed to do after the 2020 season was wiped out by COVID-19).

With the Winkel brothers, the Fedko brothers (Christian and Kyler), rising sophomore stud Reggie Crawford and others coming back, Casparius believes the Huskies are good enough to reach that elusive College World Series in Omaha next spring.<<
 
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A big wow indeed. Coach Penders has really been talking Casparius up, so this will certainly raise expectations. If you go by the interviews earlier this year, the coaching staff is high on Jimmy Wang's potential as well. Having Chris Winkel and Christian Fedko back as well would just add to all this very nicely.
 

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A big wow indeed. Coach Penders has really been talking Casparius up, so this will certainly raise expectations. If you go by the interviews earlier this year, the coaching staff is high on Jimmy Wang's potential as well. Having Chris Winkel and Christian Fedko back as well would just add to all this very nicely.
If Wang is as good as the coaches suggest, then we only need one more starter. Dunlop and Simeone redemption tour, or will one of our blue chip pitchers (Ziegler, Siravo) break the rotation as a freshman?
 
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If he is our #1 starter, the team is stacked. With the caveat that, with an extra year of eligibility available, a lot of teams will be better than usual.

A rotation of Casparius, then Wang, Simeone, Dunlop, Gallagher, and the true frosh. A bullpen lead by Cody, Willis, and if he's back Haus. A lineup that includes both Winkels, both Fedkos, Crawford, and Stock. Wow.

A team is very different if it has a good #1 starter than if it doesn't. This is huge.
 

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If he is our #1 starter, the team is stacked. With the caveat that, with an extra year of eligibility available, a lot of teams will be better than usual.

A rotation of Casparius, then Wang, Simeone, Dunlop, Gallagher, and the true frosh. A bullpen lead by Cody, Willis, and if he's back Haus. A lineup that includes both Winkels, both Fedkos, Crawford, and Stock. Wow.

A team is very different if it has a good #1 starter than if it doesn't. This is huge.
Haus signed with the Rangers about 10 days ago. Don't forget about Caleb Wurster as the closer.
 
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David Langer tweeted a Gif about Casparius coming back... Uconnbsb retweeted it
does that mean he’s coming back?
 
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If Wang is as good as the coaches suggest, then we only need one more starter. Dunlop and Simeone redemption tour, or will one of our blue chip pitchers (Ziegler, Siravo) break the rotation as a freshman?
After the end of the shortened season, there was an article on the UConn athletics website in which Coach MacDonald said that Pat Gallagher was a candidate to be a weekend starter next season. Don't know if the return of Casparius changes that or not, but it is clear that Gallagher impressed the coaching staff. Gallagher did very well in what was essentially a long relief role for the Huskies during the truncated season. Also, during the 2019 summer ball season, Gallagher had a few starts as well. UConn does look like it has a bunch of good candidates on the pitching staff for starting pitcher roles for next season.

My early guess for the weekend rotation would be Casparius, Wang, and Simeone, but obviously we'll see what happens during fall ball to potentially change that.
 
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My early guess for the weekday starter roles would be Pat Gallagher and either Ziegler or Siravo. I have always tended to view the weekday starter role as a developmental stepping stone to bigger things in the future. To me, it makes more sense for a younger player to fill this role than a senior.Gallagher has shown he can do the job in long relief, and weekday starters tend to get used that way on the weekends as well. I guess that would leave Colby Dunlop in a long relief role looking to fill in as a starter as needed.
 
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