The 4th best starter in the 2016 VBL season, and second Tom Sox rotation member in a row, is Wil Hartsell, from Charleston Southern!
Wil, like Matthew Sullivan before him, started 7 games for the Tom Sox this summer. Overall, he went 2-3, 2.90, with a 0.943 WHIP, 1.3 BB/9, and 8.9 K/9 in 40 1/3 innings. He finished 4th in the league in WHIP, tied for 4th in K/9, and led the league in BB/9 (he only walked 6 batters all season!).
The 5-foot-10 righthander also turned in 2 of the top 13 starts in the league by game score (list will come later). On July 22nd, against Winchester, Wil threw 7 innings while allowing 4 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, and struck out 8. The 3rd best start in the entire season was on June 7th at Front Royal, when he threw a 1-hit shutout over 8 innings, along with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts.
Oddly enough, Wil has not started a game in college (yet). In 2014, as a freshman, he went 2-0, 2.37, with 1 save, 18 hits, 3 walks, and 19 strikeouts in 19 innings. After 3 appearances in 2015, he redshirted due to injury. Back on the mound in the second half of the 2016 college season, Wil went 1-0, 2.00, with 3 saves, 11 hits, 5 walks, and 15 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched. We’ll see if he joins the starting rotation in 2017.
Congratulations on your excellent summer, Wil!