Welcome to our second matchup of the week! This one is between two guys from different eras and stages of life….
- Mark Lamm came to Waynesboro in 2010, after a college season in which he did not pitch. In fact, up to that point, he had appeared in only 20 games for Vanderbilt in the three previous years combined. Well, he shook off the rust against Valley League hitters, going 1-0, 0.53 in 11 games and 17 innings, with three saves, a 1.059 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, and 11.6 K/9. He was ATVL’s fourth best reliever that summer. In 2011, he relieved in 26 games for Vanderbilt, and showed enough to be picked in the 6th round of the draft that year by the Atlanta Braves. He pitched for five years in the minors, reaching Triple-A in 2013. For his pro career, he went 12-20, 3.66, with a 1.455 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, and 7.8 K/9 in 231 innings. He also pitched for two seasons for Lancaster in the independent Atlantic League at the end of his career.
- Conor Miller is the most recent top reliever, as he was named ATVL’s #1 in 2019 for Woodstock. From Division-III York, Miller went 1-1, 0.47 for the Bandits, with two saves, a 0.737 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 8.5 K/9 in 19 innings pitched. He gave up only two runs, one earned, all regular season. Miller returned to York for the 2020 college season and started three games before Covid-19 did its thing. Miller is planning to return to Woodstock in 2021- maybe we’ll have the first repeat top reliever in the history of the award?
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