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McClendon-Matt.jpg (9814 bytes)#34 MATT MCCLENDON

  • Pitcher (R)

  • Junior, 2L

  • 6-6, 225. L/R

  • Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips HS)

  • Named among top 10 college prospects by Baseball America in Sneak Preview to 1999 draft (Nov. 8, 1998)...Voted the top pro prospect in the Cape Cod League by league managers...CAREER NOTES - A strong right-handed pitcher...Top major league draft pick in 1996 to attend college and one of only seven picks in the first five rounds to attend school for 1997...Was selected in the supplemental first round (33rd overall) by the Cincinnati Reds...36 career starts on the mound in Florida career, passing Jeff Gidcumb (1988-89) for sixth-place on the all-time list...UF is 24-12 in career starts by McClendon...Posted a 10-3 career record at home...Ranks second all-time on UF hit-by-pitch chart with 28...USA BASEBALL - Two-time invitee to the USA Baseball Team Trials (1996, 1997)...SUMMER OF 1998 - Played in the Cape Cod League for the Brewster Whitecaps...Posted a 3-3 record and 2.91 ERA in eight starts...1998 - Preseason All-American by both Collegiate Baseball (second team) and Baseball America (third team)...SEC Academic Honor Roll...Made 21 appearances with 17 starts...Posted a 9-5 record and one save with 6.49 ERA...Opponents hit .302...13 of 17 starts five or more innings with two complete games...Won seven of last nine decisions over last 11 starts...Last four outings of the season came in relief...Recorded top five career single-game strikeout performances...Made two relief appearances in South I Regional, earning a win and save to help UF to College World Series berth...Picked up win with three innings of relief against Illinois in South I Regional Championship game...Pitched scoreless 1.2 innings against Wake Forest to put UF in championship game, earning his first save...It marked his first relief appearance since March 20, 1997, breaking a string of 27 consecutive starts...Threw a no-hitter for six innings against South Carolina, allowing just one run on two hits over 7.1 innings...Had a complete game effort against Vanderbilt, allowing one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts...Threw a complete game against Mississippi State, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits with a career-high 12 strikeouts...Had eight-inning, seven strikeout performance against Western Kentucky ...Tied then career-high with seven Ks against the The Hilltoppers...1997 - Earned Honorable Mention Freshman All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball...Made 20 appearances with a team best 19 starts overall and posted a 7-6 record with a 6.49 ERA in 95.2 innings...6.4 strikeouts per nine innings...UF posted a 11-8 record in his starts with nine coming against Top 25 squads...Six of nine road starts came against teams ranked in the Top 10 in the nation...Went five or more innings in 10 starts...Finished season with a 3-1 record and a 4.50 ERA over last five starts, including a 1-1 record and 4.02 ERA in postseason play...Posted a 5-1 record in 11 appearances (10 starts) at home with a 4.56 ERA (27 ER/53.1 inn.) and a 2-5 record in nine starts on the road for a 8.86 ERA (42 ER/42.2 inn.)...Gave up three runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings against Arizona State in start in Atlantic Regional...Won first postseason start in SEC Tournament against Auburn, pitching first career complete game...Allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits...Claimed first road win at Georgia, pitching 5.2 innings while allowing just two runs on eight hits...Won three consecutive games prior to start at LSU...Made first and only relief appearance against Akron, pitching two scoreless innings to pick up the win...Allowed just one run on five hits against then fourth-ranked Miami over 7.2 innings to earn no decision...Won collegiate debut with impressive outing against Winthrop...Threw 7.2 innings, allowing just two runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts...PREP - A 1996 graduate of Dr. Phillips High School where he was coached by Chip Gierke...Three-year letterwinner who led the Panthers to the 6A State Championship in 1996 while setting school records in wins, strikeouts and shutouts...Recorded a 10-2 overall mark in senior campaign with two saves in 15 games with a 1.09 ERA...71 strikeouts in 77 innings...Rated as the 42nd Best Prospect in Baseball America’s Pre-Draft Issue and listed in College Sports Top 100 high school prospects...Mizuno Pre-Season Honorable Mention All-America in 1996...Posted a 7-1 record with a 2.83 ERA while striking out 50 batters and allowing only four walks in 57 innings as a junior and helped the Panthers to a runner-up finish in both the Metro Conference and District 6...1995 Team One National Showcase and Area Code Games participant...
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