Our 10th best reliever in the 2017 Valley League season is Harrisonburg’s Davis Kirkpatrick, from East Carolina!
Davis was a repeat performer in the VBL in 2017, as he also spent 2016 with the league, albeit a few miles up I-81, with the New Market Rebels.
Here are his stats in the VBL:
(Davis was a starter for the Rebs in 2016, for the record.) He also threw for Morehead City of the Coastal Plains League in 2014, where he went 1-4, 6.30, with a 1.733 WHIP, 6.9 BB/9, and 9.9 K/9 in 30 innings pitched.
From pitchers considered for this list, Davis finished 3rd in innings pitched, 9th in WHIP, and 4th BB/9.
Davis had a game for the ages on June 9th against Charlottesville, in which he entered the game in the 7th inning, and pitched until the….. 14th! He threw 8 shutout innings in relief that night, while giving up 6 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 6. He threw a whopping 92 pitches (not many for 8 innings, it’s true), and earned the win.
Davis was injured in 2014 and underwent Tommy John surgery, so his college stats have a conspicuous gap:
Davis was named to the ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll in Fall of 2015, and American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team (2016). His father, Donnie, is Offensive Coordinator and QB coach at JMU.