Former Tiger makes it official with Braves in big contract extension

It looks like a hugely successful rookie season is paying off in a big way for a former Clemson right-hander.

The Atlanta Braves announced a new contract for rookie Spencer Strider on Monday,

which includes a six-year contract valued at $75 million that will keep the right-hander in Atlanta through the 2028 season.

The contract also includes a $22 million club option for the 2029 season with a $5 million buyout.

Strider has been a surprisingly huge asset to the Braves pitching staff in just his first full season in the pros.

The former Clemson pitcher has recorded 202 strikeouts,

11 wins and a 2.67 ERA in 31 game appearances and 131.2 innings pitched this season.

With his 202 strikeouts, Strider became the first pitcher in history to record at least 200 strikeouts while allowing less than 100 hits.

Though the right-hander has been out since late September with an oblique injury,

the Braves are hopeful the Strider can make his return to the mound in time for the playoffs this month.

Prior to his time in Atlanta, Strider spent three seasons at Clemson (2018-20),

racking up freshman All-American honors as well as 89 strikeouts, 53 hits and a 4.71 ERA over the course of 26 appearances,

10 starts and five wins with the Tigers.

The Ohio native was drafted back in 2020 by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round as the No. 126 overall pick.

Braves teammates showing support at contract extension press conferences is now a regularly scheduled feature in Atlanta.

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Clemson ranks outside the top 5 of ESPN's remaining unbeaten team rankings