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Gamecock MLB Draft Profile: RHP Wil Crowe

Will Crowe looked to be elite as a freshman, but did Tommy John put a cap on his potential?

Wil Crowe

MLB Draft Result: Second Round, pick 65 to the Washington Nationals

In 2014 the South Carolina Gamecocks looked like they had a sure-fire gem in starting pitcher Wil Crowe. As a freshman he posted a 2.75 ERA in 15 starts en route to helping the Gamecocks host a regional — it looked as if Crowe would be a powerful Friday starter for at least the next two years.

However elbow problems caused his productivity to take a sharp decent in 2015, eventually forcing him to shut-down and opt for Tommy John surgery and miss all of 2016. Crowe came back with a solid 2017 as a 22-year old redshirt junior, flashing his old potential by topping his fastball at 97 to mix in with a slider, curveball and change-up.

Crowe boasts a burly frame at six-foot-two, 250 pounds out of Pigeon Forge High School where he was a 31st round selection by the Cleveland Indians. If Crowe can continue to get back into the groove of things after taking a year-and-a-half off, he’s got a shot at being a workhorse starter in the majors.

Wil Crowe by the numbers

Name Games (Starts) Innings FIP WHIP K% BB% Opp. OBP
Name Games (Starts) Innings FIP WHIP K% BB% Opp. OBP
2017 (RS-JR) 15 (15) 92.1 2.86 1.30 22.20% 7.65% 0.310
2014-15, 2017 (Career) 39 (39) 235.1 2.82 1.22 20.78% 6.89% 0.305