Spring training has started for Major League Baseball, which means that NCAA Baseball has started as well. The Ohio State Buckeyes are looking for a strong season from starting pitcher, Brad Goldberg. So far this season, he has lived up to expectations.
In three games so far, Goldberg is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in 19 innings. He has only allowed 7 hits, and 2 runs with only one of them being earned. Opposing hitters are hitting .119 against him. He has struck out 22 batters that he has faced and walked 9.
Walks and high pitch count have been a concern for Goldberg in the past but so far this season he has improved in both of those stat categories. It is still early in the season, and therefore the 19 innings probably could be higher, but there isn’t a need to leave him out there in a game to accumulate statistics.
This is why at the beginning of the season major leaguers will often be pulled even with a no hitter going. Conference play is going to matter much more than these beginning of the season games that have no real effect on the outcome of the whole year.
Goldberg has been getting draft buzz for quite some time now, and if he can keep it up this season, it will only increase his stock. He features a fastball (sinker), change up, cutter, and curve ball.
He was elected Big Ten Pitcher of the Week 2 consecutive weeks to start the season giving up no earned runs in 13.1 innings of work while striking out 17 batters. If he stays strong throughout the season he will get serious consideration as Big Ten Pitcher of the Year.
Indiana is slated as the favorite to win the Big Ten this year, but Ohio State’s recruits from head coach Greg Beals are going to be major contributors. The team is fairly young, but they have veterans and leaders in the right places.
Obviously Kent State stole the show last year qualifying for the College World Series, and will get the bulk of attention for Ohio college baseball teams. However, the Buckeyes can certainly do damage in the Big Ten this year, and as we saw with Kent State last year, anyone can make a run.
The Buckeyes will head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the long weekend during Ohio State’s spring break. This could pose a potential matchup with Goldberg on the mound against a dangerous Coastal Carolina squad, in which he his very familiar with, having transferred to Ohio State from Coastal following his sophomore season.
Another matchup to watch is against Ball State, which is where coach Beals was head coach before accepting the Ohio State job. The Buckeyes home opener is scheduled for March 15 against Bryant University. Big Ten play opens up at Purdue March 22.
This should be a fun season to watch for the Buckeyes, and it will be especially fun to watch what Goldberg can accomplish on the mound, and going forward in the MLB draft process.