The third best reliever in the 2021 Valley League season is the 6-foot-3 righty from Wofford and the Covington Lumberjacks, Matthew Marchal!

Marchal appeared in seven games for the ‘Jacks, going 2-0, 0.67, with a .245 BAA, 0.977 WHIP, 0.7 BB/9, and 11.5 K/9 in 13 1/3 total innings. Among pitchers on this list, he finished first in ERA, first in BB/9, and fourth in WHIP. He was named second team All-Valley at the end of the season. His best outing was on July 8 against Waynesboro, when he threw two shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out five.

Marchal spent his freshman season at Furman (in 2020), and went 2-2, 6.30 in 10 innings. He transferred to Wofford in 2021, and went 2-2, 6.23 in 39 innings, with only nine walks and 41 strikeouts. He was named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll as well.

An added note: Marchal was chosen to pitch in the All-Star game, but didn’t see action because the game ended early due to mound “dysfunction.”’s Aaron Fitt was there, though, and watched Marchal throw in the bullpen. He wrote this:

Marchal didn’t get to pitch in the all-star game because the artificial turf mound blew out, causing the game to get called in the eighth inning, so Marchal threw a bullpen session for scouts. And he looked good, showing off a 90-92 mph fastball from a clean high three-quarters delivery, along with a short, late slider at 80-81 mph with tight spin in the 2600s, and a firm but serviceable changeup at 87-88.