#10 Reliever: Davis Kirkpatrick, Harrisonburg

Davis Kirkpatrick ECU 2017Our 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:

VBL ERA W L G SV IP H R ER BB K BAVG WIP BB/9 K/9
2017 2.19 4 2 10 2 28.7 25 9 7 3 26 0.245 0.976 0.9 8.2
2016 5.27 1 1 6 0 27.3 24 18 16 16 33 0.229 1.465 5.3 10.9

(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:

ECU ERA W L G SV IP H R ER BB K WHIP BB/9 K/9
2014 5.87 2 1 9 0 23.0 20 17 15 13 18 1.435 5.1 7.0
2016 6.48 0 3 14 1 25.0 37 21 18 12 14 1.960 4.3 5.0
2017 5.25 1 0 18 0 24.0 28 15 14 12 20 1.667 4.5 7.5

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.

Congrats, Davis!

Davis Kirkpatrick ECU

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