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Former Minutemen Join Baseball Coaching Staff

Former outfielder Rich Graef has joined the Minutemen as a volunteer assistant coach.


Former outfielder Rich Graef has joined the Minutemen as a volunteer assistant coach.

Jan. 9, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass baseball alumni Mitchell Clegg and Rich Graef have been added to the UMass baseball coaching staff, head coach Mike Stone announced on Thursday. Clegg joins the Minutemen as an assistant coach and Graef, who finished his collegiate career last spring, as a volunteer assistant.

"We are thrilled to have both Mitchell and Rich join our staff this year," said Stone. "They both contributed to UMass baseball during their playing careers with very productive on-field results, but more importantly demonstrated great leadership through hard work, preparation and competitiveness on the field, off the field and in the classroom. We expect that through their continued leadership they will have a positive impact on this year's ball club and will contribute to the daily improvement and positive results of our team. We are excited to begin the season with them as part of the coaching staff for the 2014 campaign."

Upon finishing his UMass career, Clegg was selected by Washington in Major League Baseball's First Year Player Draft with the first pick of the 21st round (622nd overall) in 2009 and went on to play three seasons in the Nationals' organization. After being named a New York-Penn League All-Star as a rookie, he enjoyed his finest pro ball campaign in 2010 as a member of the Class A Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League, posting a 9-3 record and a 3.48 era over 93 innings and 13 starts with 55 strikeouts to 22 walks.

Most recently, Clegg spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons pitching for Sioux Falls of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, starting 36 games over the past two years and working a total of 203.2 innings.

After transferring from Maine as a junior, Clegg played two seasons with the Minutemen (2008-09) and compiled an 11-6 record on the mound with a 4.33 ERA in 162.0 innings pitched. He totaled 123 strikeouts to 64 walks, while opponents hit just .257 against him in his UMass career. He served as the No. 1 starter in the Minutemen's rotation for the bulk of his senior campaign and was an All-New England second team honoree after posting a 7-1 record with 4.15 ERA in 91.0 innings pitched with 35 walks and a team-leading 81 strikeouts to help UMass reach the 2009 Atlantic 10 Tournament.

 

 

Clegg's 2009 numbers still rank among the UMass single season top-10 list as his .875 winning percentage from that year is tied for seventh while his 13 games started is tied for third and his innings pitched ranks tied for fourth.

A native of Woburn, Mass., Clegg graduated from UMass in 2013 with a degree in Economics.

Graef appeared in 143 games as an outfielder, starting 126, in his four-year career with the Minutemen and hit .289 (135-for-467) with 76 runs scored, 45 RBI and 27 stolen bases. As a senior in 2013, he led UMass with 30 runs scored and was one of two players to start all 45 games. The assistant captain recorded a batting average of .261 with 15 RBI and went 13-for-18 on stolen base attempts. He also notched 12 multi-hit games, four multi-RBI games and ended his collegiate career on a five-game hitting streak.

Graef graduated from UMass in 2013 with a degree in Sport Management and was the team's 2013 winner of the Coaches Award. He is a native of Simsbury, Conn.

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