We’ve gone through the best starting pitchers and best hitters so far, which leaves us one list: the top relievers.
I have to admit, though, that this year’s list was especially difficult. It was harder than ever to delineate between the pitchers on the final list. This list may be ridiculous in the end, as it all came down to which stat I focused on. So with that said, I’d love for you, Brilliant Reader, to see this list not so much as which individual receives which place, but holistically, as a celebration of each one of these guys. (And for the record, I used ERA, WHIP, BB/9, K/9, and innings pitched, in a pinch, to make this list.)
Before we get started, here are the final five. All five of these players did something very, very well in 2015, but didn’t make the final list. Maybe that is because of WHIP, or maybe the player was a starter for some of the time, too.
In no particular order:
- Chris Ward, Woodstock and Bates College: 1-3, 2.21, 4 saves, 1.317 WHIP, 3.7 BB/9, 14.1 K/9. Struck out 38 batters in 24 1/3 innings
- Randy Dobnak, Front Royal and Alderson-Broaddus: 1-3, 2.45, 1 save, 1.212 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9, 9.8 K/9. Randy pitched in 5 games in relief, and started 5 games. He fell just short of the innings requirement to join the start’s list.
- Harrison Richards, Charlottesville and Roanoke: 1-1, 1.73, 1.038 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, 4.5 K/9. Harrison pitched in 5 games in relief, and started 2. (Gotta love the ODAC guys!)
- Dan McBryan, Covington and Oglethorpe: 2-0, 3.08, 1.202 WHIP, 6.2 BB/9, 10.0 K/9
- Tyler Bauman, Strasburg and St. John’s: 1-0, 1.15, 0.901 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, 13.1 K/9. 9 games, 3 starts. 34 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings!
Congrats to all five pitchers!
Now on to the list….