By Jamie Plunkett
Frogs Today staff writer
It’s officially game week for TCU baseball.
Spring practice began three weeks ago, but the Frogs have been focused on their ultimate goal for much longer than that. Now, it’s time to take all their work and put it on display, beginning this weekend at Globe Life Field as part of the College Baseball Showdown.
As such, it’s only appropriate that we take a deep dive into the 2023 version of Frogball USA. Every day this week we’ll be taking a look at an aspect of the Frogs, beginning today with the starting rotation and key bullpen arms.
Here’s what you can expect for the rest of the week.
Monday: Starting rotation and bullpen
Thursday: Schedule breakdown, and practice report
Friday: College Baseball Showdown preview, projected lineup
So, let’s jump in.
The Frogs are replacing over 70% of their starts, and 61% of their innings pitches, from a season ago, meaning the weekend rotation is going to look vastly different this year. Riley Cornelio, Marcelo Perez, Brett Walker, and Austin Krob are all playing professional ball now, and coach Kirk Saarloos is working to build a new rotation out of some new faces and returning pieces.
Because of how much Saarloos has to replace, it would be easy to write the Frogs’ pitching off.
TCU has the potential to have one of the most dominant rotations in the Big 12 this season as top end arm talent litters the roster.
Here’s the projected weekend rotation, closer, and some names you need to know.