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Ben Casparius to forgo signing with an MLB team and play for UConn in 2021

Casparius is one of many UConn baseball players expected to return to the team in 2021.

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For a while, it didn’t look like Ben Casparius would ever throw a single pitch in the white and flag blue after transferring in from UNC, but he announced this week that he will stay at UConn for the 2021 season.

Casparius’ transfer waiver to play immediately was denied, though the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic anyways, giving him the opportunity to sign with an MLB team. Casparius was rumored to be picked by several teams in the 4th or 5th rounds, but going undrafted meant he would get, at most, a signing bonus of $20,000.

So, Casparius ended up returning to school. The 2017 Gatorade State Player of the year at Westport will join a UConn pitching staff aching for strength after UConn’s 2020 ace Nick Krauth signed with the Texas Rangers.

Casparius will anchor a stacked UConn baseball team in 202, as Chris Winkel will also return to his school along with his brother Pat along with Kyler and Christian Fedko.