YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State senior left-hander Colin Clark has been named the Preseason Horizon League Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game.
Clark and senior outfielder Dominick Bucko were each named to Perfect Game’s Horizon League Preseason All-Conference Team. In addition, Bucko, Clark, Collin Floyd, Phillip Glasser and Jeff Wehler were each ranked among the publication’s top-20 draft prospects for 2021.
Clark, who was also named the Preseason Horizon League Pitcher of the Year by D1Baseball.com, has been YSU’s Friday starter each of the past two seasons. The Circleville, Ohio, native was ranked as the league’s No. 2 draft prospect for 2021 by Perfect Game after leading the Horizon League with 26 strikeouts and 26.2 innings pitched over four starts in 2020. Clark issued only three walks and opponents batted just .206 against him last season. He posted a 3.38 ERA, and he struck out at least seven batters in three of his four outings.
Bucko joined Clark on Perfect Game’s Preseason All-Conference Team after batting .281 and slugging .438 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs over 10 games played and nine starts in 2020. The Saxonburg, Pa., native was ranked as the league’s No. 14 draft prospect for 2021. Bucko ranked second on the team with a .378 on-base percentage while recording three multi-hit games last season.
Floyd was ranked as the Horizon League’s No. 12 draft prospect for 2021 after ranking second in the circuit with 25 strikeouts and third with 23 innings pitched over four starts in 2020. After missing 2019 with an injury, he went 2-1 with a 2.74 ERA and opponents batted just .159 against him last season.
Glasser was ranked as the league’s No. 16 draft prospect for 2021 after batting .291 and slugging .345 with a home run and four RBIs over 14 games in 2020. The Tallmadge, Ohio, native tied for the team lead and ranked sixth in the Horizon League with 16 hits last season. He also ranked tied for seventh in the league with three stolen bases in four attempts. Glasser led the Penguins with six multi-hit games, and he reached base safely in each of the team’s first 13 contests.
Wehler, who was ranked as the Horizon League’s No. 18 draft prospect for 2021, was named Second-Team All-Horizon League in 2018 and 2019. The St. Marys, Pa., native led the Horizon League and ranked 45th in the nation with eight stolen bases in 11 attempts in 2020. He also paced the league and ranked 35th nationally with 0.57 steals per game. Wehler currently ranks third in YSU history with 63 steals in his career.
Perfect Game projected Wright State infielder Tyler Black as the Horizon League Player of the Year while Raiders’ right-hander Justin Hornschemeier was picked as the league’s Freshman of the Year.
The Penguins will begin the 2021 season on Feb. 19 when they open a four-game series at Troy. For news and updates throughout the season, follow @YSUBaseball on Twitter.