Our first matchup for the week- this one is between two small(er)-college guys!
- Kevin Herget came to Strasburg from Kean University in 2012. In the summer of the hitter (seriously, the ball was super juiced that year), Herget acquitted himself rather well. In 10 games (eight starts), he went 3-1, 3.18, with a 1.137 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, and 13.6 K/9 in 51 innings pitched. He led the list of top starters with that K/9, and with a .194 batting average against as well. ATVL named him the 3rd best starter from that list. He returned to Kean, and was absolutely lights out in 2013, going 10-2, 1.62, with a 1.05 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, and 8.6 K/9 in 111 college innings. The St. Louis Cardinals took him late in the draft in 2013, the 39th round, but Herget is still active after seven seasons of pro ball. Maxing out at Triple-A (for now), Herget has gone 39-20, 3.40, with a 1.25 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, and 8.7 K/9 in 490 professional innings.
- Andy Crum joined the Purcellville Cannons in 2017 after his junior year at Shippensburg. In seven starts, he went 3-2, 2.00, with a 1.067 WHIP, 2.7 BB/9, and 7.1 K/9 in 40 1/3 innings. He finished 3rd in the league in both ERA and WHIP, and was ATVL’s 3rd best starter for good measure. He returned to Shippensburg for the 2018 season, and went 5-4, 3.11, with a 1.44 WHIP in 63 2/3 innings pitched. He was not drafted, and has not played in pro ball.
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