The 7th best starting pitcher in the 2016 Valley League season is Campbell Scholl, from Waynesboro and Central Florida!
The 6-foot-6 righthander finished with a rather unique statistical profile in the Valley. Over 6 starts and 34 2/3 innings, Campbell went 2-0, 1.04, with a 0.836 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, and 3.4 K/9. Those numbers come from allowing only 14 hits, walking 15 batters… and striking out only 13. It is rather odd for a pitcher with such a low K/9 to dominate to the extent Campbell did, but as his numbers from college show (keep reading), he is certainly capable of missing more bats.
Anyway, Campbell finished tied for first in the league in ERA and WHIP, but his K/9 was last among all pitchers considered for this list. He pitched a shutout inning in the All-Star game in July as well. His best two starts were June 29, at Winchester, and July 23, against Harrisonburg. Against the Royals, Scholl allowed only 1 hit and 3 walks in 6 shutout innings, while striking out 5 in a no-decision. Against the Turks, Campbell threw 8 shutout innings while allowing 3 hits, 4 walks, and not striking out anyone. He also threw 5 shutout innings in the playoffs against Covington while allowing 5 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 3. He was named 2nd team All-Valley League after the season. VBL hitters clearly had trouble hitting him!
Scholl spent his first two college seasons at Walters State Community College. In 2014, as a freshman, Campbell went 1-1, 4.34 in 19 appearances out of the bullpen, spanning 29 innings. His WHIP was 1.24, BB/9 was 4.0, and K/9 was 8.1.
His stats took a jump in 2015, when he went 12-5, 4.66 in 19 games (17 starts) and 75 1/3 innings. He had a 1.31 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 10.3 K/9, which reflects 86 strikeouts in those 75 innings.
In 2016, he transferred to Central Florida, and went 1-0, 7.71 in 24 games and 21 innings out of the bullpen. He finished with a 1.57 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, and 9.9 K/9.
Campbell was also one of 8 players to be listed on both the Baseball America and Perfect Game top prospect lists- he was #4 in the first, and #10 on the latter.
Look for an excellent spring season out of Campbell in 2017!