#4 Reliever: Drew Loepprich, Charlottesville

Drew Loepprich Char Tom Sox 2017Getting closer to the top! Our focus today is the 4th best relief pitcher in the 2017 Valley League season- Charlottesville’s Drew Loepprich!

Drew, a 6-foot-2 righthander from Wake Forest, was a mainstay in the Tom Sox bullpen last summer. He functioned more as a long reliever than a closer or one-inning guy, as five of his seven appearances lasted at least three innings. He also has amazing control. Check it out:

Char ERA W L G SV IP H R ER BB K BAVG WIP BB/9 K/9
2017 0.72 4 0 7 0 25.0 19 3 2 0 25 0.204 0.760 0.0 9.0
Play 2.70 0 0 2 0 3.3 1 1 1 1 1 0.083 0.606 2.7 2.7

That’s one walk in 28 1/3 innings pitched. Whoa. Anyway, of the pitchers surveyed for the reliever list, Drew finished 6th in ERA, tied for 9th in innings pitched, 2nd in WHIP, and 1st in BB/9. He was named second team All-Valley at the end of the season.

Here is what Drew has done for the Demon Deacons over his first three years:

WF ERA W L G SV IP H R ER BB K WIP BB/9 K/9
2015 5.56 0 0 5 0 11.3 14 8 7 7 12 1.858 5.6 9.6
2016 4.85 3 2 20 0 78.0 83 48 42 25 52 1.385 2.9 6.0
2017 5.84 3 3 18 0 44.7 51 39 29 18 36 1.544 3.6 7.2

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Drew, and good luck this spring!

Drew Loepprich Wake Forest pitching

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