Well, the good news is that it’s Friday… and January, the 13th month of 2020, is almost over. Here’s our matchup for the day:

  • Patrick Wiseman was the top reliever in the league in 2015, coming out of the bullpen for the Turks. A rising sophomore from Georgia Tech, Wiseman went 3-0, 1.58, with two saves, a 0.705 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9, and 8.3 K/9 in 22 2/3 innings. Wiseman pitched in five games for Tech in 2016, but did not appear on the mound after that, and did not play in pro ball after college.
  • McLain Harris defeated Strasburg’s Matt Solter in the play in round, 54.9% to 45.1% with 213 votes cast (wow). His writeup: “According to ATVL, McLain Harris was the 4th best reliever in the 2019 Valley League season. In 14 games and 21 innings for the Generals, Harris went 1-1, 0.85, with three saves, a 1.190 WHIP, 1.3 BB/9, and 13.3 K/9. Among all relievers that season, he finished fourth in ERA, tenth in WHIP, first in BB/9, and third in K/9. His three walks against 31 strikeouts was particularly impressive. As a junior at Young Harris in 2020, Harris went 1-1, 2.93, with 22 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings while pitching in eight games.”

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