The Lee University baseball roster increased by one when high-quality right-hander Matthew Pigg signed with the Flames Wednesday in a ceremony at Walker Valley High School.The lanky senior said he is …
The Lee University baseball roster increased by one when high-quality right-hander Matthew Pigg signed with the Flames Wednesday in a ceremony at Walker Valley High School.
The lanky senior said he is happy to be part of the Mark Brew-coached team and is looking forward to his time at Lee.
“It's really exciting getting to live out a dream of playing college baseball. I'm excited for it especially for it being with a hometown team, a team I know is going to be good the next four years while I am there,” he said before the festivities cranked up.
The current Mustang was courted by several schools before signing with the local university. It was Brew and the Flames' staff that made a large impression on Pigg swaying him to decide on Lee.
“The coaching staff is just incredible. They know what they are talking about and they know how to coach games and they know how to coach players. I think that was one of the major factors in deciding where I wanted to go. Having other schools looking at me and offering me that was one of the big reasons why I chose Lee,” said the future pre-med student.
Pigg made his decision to go with the Flames with three other offers on the table while some seven other school showed interest in his ability.
While on the mound helping the Mustangs to a 24-13 record in 2017, Pigg went 5-4 with a 1.9 ERA in 59 innings of work. The tall righty fanned 66 batters and walked 21 while allowing 46 hits.
“He works hard. He has good command of his pitches and good velocity. His breaking ball is very sharp also. You mix all that and add the fun in the dugout and it makes for a good player,” said Mustangs head coach Joe Shamblin.
The future Flame feels his time on the mound for Walker Valley will serve him well when it comes time to step up to the next level as an NCAA D-II athlete. His said his leadership abilities learned as a member of the Mustangs will serve him well during his college tenure.
“That leadership role is what you can use in life, on the field and everything you do. I think that's going to be something really big for me as I get going at Lee and start a new journey,” he said.
Shamblin was all smiles when talking about his senior star and said although he will be sorry to see him walk off the mound for the last time he is happy he is going to a solid program that will make for a positive partnership.
“I'm excited for him. I'm excited for Lee also. I think they are getting a good player and a guy that keeps the dugout good and loose. He really makes it enjoyable to come out and coach him every day because he's a lot of fun and he's a good ball player,” he said.
The Mustangs know Pigg as a starter on the mound, but he isn't sure just yet what his role with the Flames will be when he suits up next spring. The one thing he knows for sure is he will give his best shot to walking to the hill as soon as possible for the Flames.
“As of right now I do not (know),” he acknowledged. “They said I come in as a pitcher and being a freshman I get however much playing time I earn. I have to earn everything I get and I plan on working my hardest to do that.”
Shamblin feels his best days on the mound are definitely in front of him and no matter where Brew and company decide to place the 6'-5” right-hander he will soon find his place as a starter.
“He's got the potential. He's going to gain some weight hopefully this summer. When he gains that weight he's got the potential to play early for Lee. I think they are getting a good one,” he stated.
“He really doesn't have any limitations because he loves to throw. He will throw seven innings for you if you ask him too. He's been better for us in a starting role. I see them using him as a starting pitcher. But, I'm sure they will use him however they need him.”
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