As the second half of the 2012 Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) season gets underway, it’s time to take a look back at the top pitchers of the first half. The FCBL will be holding its first-ever All-Star game at Historic Holman Stadium in Nashua on Thursday, July 26th, but we felt that it was time to take an early look at which players have stood above the rest so far this summer (in our humble opinion, of course).
With so many outstanding aces to choose from, selecting a mid-season FCBL All-Star pitching squad was extremely tough. The Brockton Rox, for example, have gotten gutsy performances from young guns like Joe Fasano and Jonathan Rosenberger all year long. However, as consistent as these guys have been, they haven’t nearly been as dominant as some of the league’s best starters. Simply put, the Futures League is loaded with quality arms. So without further ado, here’s our list of the league’s top hurlers. Keep in mind these aren’t the official FCBL All-Stars, rather just a speculative look at who has been the best of the best so far in 2012. (All statistics as of July 17th)
Christopher Good (New Mexico) – Nashua Good has been arguably the top pitcher in the FCBL so far in 2012, as he has yet to surrender an earned run since his first start of the season on June 9th. Thus far, the southpaw has started six games with a 5-0 record and a 0.24 ERA, best in the league. Along the way he has racked up 24 strikeouts compared to just nine walks. Opponents are batting just .163 against the Texas native.
Mike Bradstreet (Rhode Island) – Martha’s Vineyard Bradstreet has proven that he may have the most stamina of any pitcher in the FCBL. On three separate occasions, he has pitched eight full innings, while on June 27th Bradstreet pitched a complete game, giving up just one earned run. On the season he is 5-0 with a 1.28 ERA through 42.1 innings. The right-hander from URI has also chalked up 36 strikeouts compared to only four walks, while opponents have mustered a paltry .152 batting average against.
Tyler Dierke (Kenyon) – Torrington The right handed pitcher from Wisconsin has posted impressive numbers all season long for the Titans. Dierke is 4-1 in six starts with a staggering 0.68 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .178 against him, while he hasn’t allowed a single run in five of his six starts this season. He has also notched 32 strikeouts compared to just seven walks.
Alec Palioca (Wheaton) – Torrington Along with Dierke, Palioca has been the other half of Torrington’s two-headed monster on the mound. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 0.93 ERA in 38.2 innings of work, while the Wrentham, Mass. native has registered 37 strikeouts and just 10 walks.
Alek Morency (Merrimack) – Nashua Morency is another reason why the Nashua Silver Knights boast the league’s top pitching staff, as he has posted a 4-0 record on the season to go along with a 1.19 ERA. The right-hander has struck out 32, while walking 12 in 30.1 innings on the hill.
Ryan Brockett (St. Mary’s) – Martha’s Vineyard
Kyle Bobolts (Oakland) – Seacoast
Joe Fasano (NJIT) – Brockton
Donald Hissa (Notre Dame) – Seacoast
Jonathan Rosenberger (Newberry) – Brockton
Oliver Van Zant (Bowdoin) – Old Orchard Beach
Matt Doyle (Harvard) – Martha’s Vineyard The right-hander has stymied opponents all season long as a core member of Martha’s Vineyard’s bullpen. The Virginia native boasts a pristine 0.37 ERA to go along with a 3-0 record, while striking out 21 and walking just nine. Doyle went six straight appearances without surrendering a run, which came on June 13th against Wachusett.
Corey Stump (Florida) – North Shore Coming out of the bullpen, the southpaw from Florida has been clutch all season long for the Navigators. Stump is 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA in 23.1 innings of relief, while holding opponents to just a .127 batting average against. In six appearances, the long reliever has fanned 18 while walking just four.
Henry Van Zant (Bowdoin) – Old Orchard Beach One of the top power pitchers in the FCBL, Van Zant has struck out a league-leading 41 strikeouts, while conceding just five walks in 22.2 innings. The right-hander is 2-0 with a league-high seven saves to go along with a 0.79 ERA and a .152 batting average against.
Crayton Bare (Baylor) – North Shore
Brendan Doonan (Rhode Island) – Brockton
Bryan Menduke (Bryant) – Wachusett
Michael Meszoros (Keystone) – Pittsfield
Matt Olsen (Stonehill) – Nashua
Cody Rocha (Assumption) – Nashua