#1 Reliever: Reece Karalus, Aldie

Here we are, finally at the last of the 2014 lists (at least for now). Before we get to our top reliever in the 2014 season, though, let’s take a look at the top relievers from past years:

2013: Adam Zipko, New Market and Millersville

2012: Shay Maltese, Haymarket and Cal State Northridge

2011: Patrick Christensen, Harrisonburg and LaSalle

2010: Zach Blatt, Luray and Auburn

2009: Brian Burgess, New Market and West Alabama

2008: Dan Gentzler, New Market and Maryland

2007: Jimmy Stanley, Waynesboro and Belmont

(New Market has 3 out of the 7!)

Reece Karalus Santa Clara 2014Now that history is out of the way, Reece Karalus, the 6-foot-3 righthander from Santa Clara, is the best reliever from the 2014 Valley League season!

Reece was the most unhittable of all according to ATVL, as he went 2-0, 0.57, with 4 saves, a .135 opponent’s batting average, 0.510 WHIP, 0.6 BB/9, and 14.9 K/9 in 15 2/3 innings pitched for the Senators. His opponent’s average is 3rd among relievers; his WHIP is 1st; his BB/9 is tied for 1st with Evan Bickett, and his K/9 is also 1st. In those 15 2/3 innings, he allowed only 7 hits, 1 walk, and struck out an amazing 26 batters.

Baseball America also likes Reece’s potential, as they named him the #4 prospect in the league.

At Santa Clara as a freshman in 2013, Reece went 0-9, 7.00, with a 1.68 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9, and 7.4 K/9 in 62 2/3 innings. He started 12 games that year, and came out of the bullpen for 7 appearances.

2014 was a different story. He went 6-2, 2.25 in 34 appearances (1 start) and 48 innings. He saved 11 games (2nd most in Bronco history), had a 0.98 WHIP, a 2.4 BB/9, and a 8.6 K/9. He was named to the first team of the All-West Coast Conference, and was a NCBWA Stopper of the Year Mid-Season Watch List selection.

Congratulations on your super 2014 summer season, Reece, and good luck this spring for the Broncos!

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