It was a rough ending to the 2014 season for the Oregon Ducks Baseball team and with Closer Jake Reed already deciding to forgo his Senior year to start a pro career with the Minnesota Twins, Friday Starter Tommy Thorpe still considering his options, and the 2014 Recruiting Class taking a hit by young players going pro rather than playing for the Oregon Ducks, the team received some more bad news this week. Two key players from the 2014 season are leaving to finish their careers elsewhere.
Kyle Garlick and Porter Clayton will leave the program. Garlick has a year of eligibilty remaining after graduating this Spring and Clayton was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2014 MLB Draft. He, like Thorpe, have not yet made a decision concerning their respective futures. With Garlick leaving the Oregon Ducks will have to find a replacement for a player that was a key member to the middle part of their lineup this past season.
With Clayton departing the Oregon Ducks it leaves an open spot in the pitching rotation. Oregon lost to eventual National Champion Vanderbilt in this year’s NCAA Tournament.