#12 Reliever: Layne Looney, Charlottesville

Our 12th best reliever in the 2017 Valley League season is Charlottesville’s Layne Looney!

Layne, a 5-foot-10 righthander from Richmond, was all but unhittable this summer:

Char ERA W L G SV IP H R ER BB K BAVG WIP BB/9 K/9
2017 2.31 2 1 11 2 23.3 8 7 6 18 40 0.108 1.116 7.0 15.5
Play 0.00 0 0 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 1.000 9.0 9.0

Of all the pitchers surveyed for this list, Layne finished 2nd in batting average against and strikeouts per 9 innings, thanks to those 40 K’s in only 23 1/3 innings pitched.

Layne Looney Charlottesville 2017Interestingly, Layne gave up 6 earned runs all summer, but 5 of them came in one game. Take out that game (which isn’t fair to do, really, I know), he gave up 1 earned run in 21 innings! (The hard-hitting New Market Rebels hung that 5-spot on Layne on June 7th, but he also struck out 5 batters in the 2 1/3 innings as well.)

Looney struck out 5 batters in a relief stint five times. The first was the aforementioned June 7th appearance. On June 29th, he struck out 5 Winchester Royals in 3 innings. On July 12th, he struck out 7 Harrisonburg Turks in 3 innings; 5 days later, he struck out 6 Staunton Braves in 3 innings, and then on July 21st, he struck out 5 Covington ‘Jacks in, again, 3 innings. Whoa.

Here are his stats for the Spiders in his first two college seasons:

Rich ERA W L G SV IP H R ER BB K WHIP BB/9 K/9
2016 4.50 1 0 7 0 10.0 8 5 5 8 8 1.600 7.2 7.2
2017 3.21 3 6 15 0 61.7 56 27 22 50 65 1.718 7.3 9.5

Note: in 2017, Layne was mostly a starter; he started 14 out of his 15 appearances.

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Layne!

Layne Looney Richmond 2017

 

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