Countdown To Opening Day: The Catchers
Feb. 7, 2014
Pirate Nation, we are one week away from the start of the 2014 East Carolina baseball season, where the Pirates will play host to James Madison on Friday, Feb. 14 at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. ECUPirates.com will highlight a position each week leading up to the 3 p.m. (EST) first pitch, giving you the fans an in-depth look at this year squad.
A tremendous receiver with a strong arm, Watkins threw out 34.2 percent of would-be base stealers (13 of 38) with four of those coming against nationally-ranked opponents. The Concord, N.C. native posted a .993 fielding percentage recording 246 putouts, 34 assists and committed just two errors in 282 chances.
True freshman Eric Tyler has been a pleasant surprise to the coaching staff during the offseason and will spell Watkins in relief as the season rolls on, most likely during the midweek. The Landis, N.C. native was a four-year letterwinner for Coach Thad Chrismon at South Rowan High School, where he helped the Raiders to a district title in 2012. During his senior season he earned his third-straight All-North Piedmont All-Conference honor after batting .390 with 24 walks and 27 runs scored, while throwing out 35 base stealers.
Following a productive year at the plate where he batted .304 (28-for-92) and hit four home runs - both ranking third on the club - Lowery will make the move to first base to help provide the Pirates with more power in the lineup. The Midlothian, Va. native could hop back behind the plate if ninth-year head coach Billy Godwin wants to have more pop in the batting order, but its likely he will be the opening day starter at first.
Check back tomorrow when we take a look at the Pirate first basemen.