In addition to plenty of drafted players leaving this draft, one more Red Raider has announced his intentions on leaving the team. Sophomore catcher Clay Koelzer will be leaving the team and taking his talents to West Texas A&M per his Twitter page.
West Texas A&M... Next chapter!⚾️ pic.twitter.com/zYVkbP0Equ— Clay Koelzer (@ClayKoelzer) July 2, 2018
Koelzer was a sophomore out of Amarillo, Texas and was destined to be the starting catcher for the Red Raiders this season. He started the first series against the Maine Black Bears and had two doubles and a triple in those four games. He started a total of 17 games over the season and appeared in 24 games overall. In those games he had a .181 batting average with 4 RBI.
He was passed on the depth chart by freshman Braxton Fulford later in the season as Koelzer only started two games in the month of May and June and only made one postseason appearance in the loss against Duke. Koelzer was passed up more because of Fulford’s defense more than anything Koelzer did.
This makes the second catcher in two years to transfer out of Texas Tech after Micheal Bergland transferred to Midland College last year. We all wish Koelzer the best of luck in Canyon and hope he does well there!