Traditionally, this is the time of year that Jack Leggett, Bradley LeCroy and Dan Pepicelli hunker down and wait for the worst.
This year, worst never came.
The Clemson baseball escaped Major League Baseball's annual talent grab almost totally unscathed.
Almost, because the Tigers did lose power-hitting high school centerfielder Austin Meadows, who, as expected, was a top-10 pick and will almost inevitably sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Meadows would have provided some badly-needed mid-lineup fireworks to Clemson's batting order, i.e. North Carolina's Colin Moran or South Carolina's L.B. Dantzler.
Without him, Clemson will have to build on its returning players, including Garrett Boulware and Shane Kennedy, for next year's firepower.
Joining the mix will be a player whose credentials say he'll be a difference-maker - catcher Chris Okey. Projected as a second or third-round pick, after the draft got underway last Thursday Okey declared his intention to attend Clemson.
He was eventually selected, but not until the 31st round.
Another potential impact freshman, Eli White of Wren High, was picked in the 26th round.
Scott Firth, who had exhausted his college eligibility, was a 19th-round selection. He improved his draft status 13 rounds by coming back to Clemson for his senior season.
All of the Tigers' draft-eligible underclassmen went untouched, including second baseman Steve Wilkerson, third baseman Kennedy, and pitchers Matt Campbell and Kevin Pohle. With the exception of Firth, Clemson's entire 2013 team will return.
Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret pointed out that this was the first team in Clemson history to win 40 games and reach the NCAA tournament, and then just have one, or no, players.
There are implications, both positive and negative.
If there was any question that the Tigers suffered a recruiting downturn that included this year's junior class, it was answered over the weekend.
There is also little doubt that the downward trend has been reversed since LeCroy took over as recruiting coordinator.
Clemson's youngest players carried a disproportionate share of the load last season, and at this time the next years, the Tigers will be undoubtedly facing exposure to the Major League Draft in regard to both its underclassmen and incoming freshmen.
It's a headache that signals the health of a program.
In the meantime, Clemson has a real window of opportunity to make its next two seasons something special.