#5 Starting Pitcher: James Ziemba, Harrisonburg

Ziemba headshotDuke’s James Ziemba has not only made the top starters list, at #5, but he was also the tallest player the Valley has seen in quite some time (since probably Jon Rauch, who also pitched in Harrisonburg, but back in 1998). James is 6-foot-10.

James was dominant for the Turks, going 3-1, 2.08 in 34 2/3 innings, while allowing only 22 hits, 10 walks, and striking out 22. James had an interesting start to his season- his first four appearances were out of the bullpen. Manager/Owner Bob Wease decided to start James on June 26th against Winchester, and all Ziemba did is throw a 5-inning no hitter, walking just 2 and striking out 1. He was a starter from that point forward, as you might expect, brilliant reader.

James also threw a dynamite game on July 23rd at Charlottesville, allowing only 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 0 walks, and 2 strikeouts in 7 innings. James was named the Valley League’s #2 prospect by Baseball America.

James also played for the Turks in 2014. He went 0-4, 10.63 in 22 innings, along with 29 hits, 18 walks, and 15 strikeouts.

The big lefty, from Hillsborough, New Jersey, is currently a redshirt sophomore at Duke. He didn’t pitch in 2014, and then threw only 9 2/3 innings in 2015, while going 0-0, 7.45. He struck out 14 batters in those almost-10 innings, but he also walked 11.

It’s pretty clear that James figured some things out this summer in the ‘Burg. Watch for an explosion on the scene in Durham this spring!

(7/29/15) - (Harrisonburg) The Harrisonburg Turks’ James Ziemba pitches during their game against the Waynesboro Generals at James Madison University’s Veterans Memorial Park on Wednesday, July 29. (Austin Bachand/Daily News-Record)
(Austin Bachand/Daily News-Record)


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  1. […] James Ziemba (Harrisonburg 2014-15) was the 5th best starter in the 2015 summer. Back for another summer in the ‘Burg, Ziemba went 3-1, 2.08 in 34 2/3 innings, with a 0.922 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9, and 5.7 K/9. He returned to Duke for two more years, 2016 and 2017, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 22nd round after his senior year in 2017. He pitched in 20 games for rookie-level Orem in ’17, and then in 39 games the next summer for low-A Burlington… and was released. Over the two seasons, Ziemba went a combined 8-2, 3.76, with seven saves, a 1.54 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, and 7.7 K/9 in 110 total innings. […]

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