The award for this level of the minor leagues came down to only two pitchers this year, and while both were very good, one juuuuust edged the other. So, the 2016 short-season pitcher of the year award goes to Jordan DeLorenzo (Front Royal 2013)!
Jordan, pitching for State College in the New York-Penn League, pitched mostly out of the bullpen. In 14 relief appearances (he started one game, too), he went 2-1, 2.90, with a 1.29 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, and 11.0 K/9 in 31 innings pitched. He also saved one game. The high K/9 comes from 38 K’s in those 31 innings. He also pitched in 2 games for Peoria in the Midwest League, but those stats are not added here.
Jordan was drafted in the 12th round in 2014 by the Cardinals. He pitched in only 6 games in 2014 in the Appalachian League, and then 17 games in the Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League in 2015. Hopefully he will make a full-season team in 2017!
2015- Brody Greer (Rockbridge 2012), Hillsboro in the Northwest League
2014- Ryan Yarbrough (Luray 2012), Everett in the Northwest League
Other for Consideration:
Chad Martin (Aldie 2014), Staten Island: 4-0, 2.73, 1.27 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, 8.5 K/9 in 33 IP