Local baseball standout and 2010 Crestwood graduate, Matt Wotherspoon has entered a new phase of his career as a pitcher for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides in the Baltimore Orioles organization.
The Yankees originally drafted Wotherspoon in June of 2014 after his four-year career at the University of Pittsburgh. With Wotherspoon in the rotation, Pitt tallied a record-breaking season of 42-17 his junior year with a team ERA of 3.59, fourth in the Big East. That year, Wotherspoon was selected by the Detroit Tigers, but decided to forgo the major leagues for a chance to play perennial powerhouse schools like NC state Georgia and Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference in his senior year with Pitt. By the end of the season and his college career, Wotherspoon had moved into third place all-time in Pitt history in innings pitched, wins and strikeouts.
The second time he entered the draft, Wotherspoon was selected by the New York Yankees organization and played the summer in short season A ball in Staten Island. Wotherspoon finished his first season as a professional baseball player with an ERA under 2. Interviewed that winter as he awaited his first report to spring training, Wotherspoon was looking forward to the opportunity to start with the Triple-A RailRiders.
“It was great,” says Wotherspoon about being drafted to the Yankees. “The first thing you think of when you think of Yankees is what a class organization they are. It’s an honor to be selected.”
Wotherspoon started the 2016 season in AA for about a month before being called up to the Triple-A RailRiders. He bounced back and forth from AA to Triple-A before joining the RailRiders for their successful championship run in September and earned a 2.01 ERA