#2 Reliever: Joe Burris, Charlottesville

Joe Burris Charlottesville 2017We’ve reached the top two! The 2nd best reliever in the 2017 Valley League season is Charlottesville’s Joe Burris, from Christopher Newport!

Joe, a Charlottesville native, put up the following numbers for the Valley League Champion Tom Sox:

Char ERA W L G SV IP H R ER BB K BAVG WIP BB/9 K/9
2017 0.00 2 0 13 4 14.3 4 0 0 2 14 0.089 0.420 1.3 8.8

Unscored upon in 13 appearances and 14 1/3 innings? Pretty impressive. Besides, out of the pitchers surveyed for this list, Joe finished tied for 1st in ERA, 1st in opponent’s batting average, 1st in WHIP, and 5th in BB/9. He threw 2 shutout innings in the Prospect Showcase, and was named 2nd team All-Valley League when the season was over.

The 5-foot-10 senior lefty has had some interesting things happen at CNU, too:

CN ERA W L G SV IP H R ER BB K WIP BB/9 K/9
2015 7.48 1 2 11 0 27.7 34 28 23 13 23 1.697 4.2 7.5
2016 3.56 3 0 19 0 30.3 41 18 12 6 33 1.551 1.8 9.8
2017 1.11 3 0 20 3 24.3 12 3 3 13 34 1.029 4.8 12.6

(By the way, Joe attended Virginia Tech in 2014, but redshirted)

Check out that junior season in 2017! His accolades from the past two seasons:

  • CAC All-Academic team 2016
  • VaSID College Division All-State 1st Team 2017 (at relief pitcher, of course)
  • D3baseball.com All-Region 2017 (South Region, 2nd team)
  • His 1.11 ERA and .143 batting average against are the 2nd best in CNU history for relievers with over 20 innings pitched

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Joe!

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