Yep, dear reader, it’s that time again. It’s time to start counting down the best players in the Valley League from the summer of 2015! This year, we’ll begin with the top 15 starting pitchers.
This is what I wrote last year to introduce the list:
To be eligible for this list, pitchers had to throw 0.8 innings per team game played. I used ERA, batting average against, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched), BB/9 and K/9 (walks and strikeouts per nine innings) to determine the list. Because of the proliferation of pitch counts and using pitchers as both starters and relievers, I had to make some tough calls about certain players. Anyway, as with all my lists, keep in mind that this is just one person’s opinion. You’re definitely allowed to have your own.
Those words still apply, all the way to having your own opinion. So let’s get started!
#15 Starting Pitcher: Burk FitzPatrick, Aldie and Delaware
Our beginning starting pitcher went 3-1, 3.48 for the Senators in 41 1/3 innings pitched. He gave up only 25 hits, walked 20, and struck out 40. His WHIP was 1.090, BB/9 4.4, and K/9 8.7. He started one game in the playoffs as well, and allowed only 1 run in 5 innings. His best start was on June 19th against Charles Town, when he gave up only 1 hit in 6 shutout innings, while walking 2 and striking out 4. By the way, he also went 5-11 at the plate on the summer.
Burk attended and played for Maine in both 2013 and 2014 before transferring to Delaware. As a freshman in 2013, Burk went 0-0, 3.74 in 15 games and 21 2/3 innings pitched. He had a 1.29 WHIP along with a 5.8 BB/9 and 6.2 K/9. He pitched about 10 more innings in 2014, going 1-0, 3.41 in 32 2/3 innings. He had a 1.59 WHIP, 4.7 BB/9, and 5.5 K/9. He sat out 2015 under NCAA transfer rules.