Jesse Litsch was ranked as the sixth best prospect in the Appalachian League by Baseball America…
Pulaski Blue Jays: Pitcher of the Year
Jesse Litsch had an incredible season for Pulaski going 5-1 in 11 starts with a 2.74 ERA. The 20-year-old right hander logged 65 2/3 innings this year as opponents hit just .212 off him. He issued only ten walks and recorded sixty-seven strikeouts. Litsch was remarking when pitching on the road. He started seven games at home and went a perfect 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA. In 43 innings on the road he allowed just 27 hits, allowed 4 walks and struck out 47 batters. At home, Litsch went 1-1 in four starts and pitched to a 4.37 ERA. He allowed 24 hits in 22 innings of work, while striking out 20 batters and walking 6.
The right-hander was extremely successful against left-hand batters this past season posting a .185 batting average against mark, as opposed to his .238 batting average against went facing off against right-hand hitters. Litsch also shut down opponents when they reached scoring position, allowing just ten hits in fifty-two total at bats.
As a reward for his successful season, Litsch was handed a promotion to Auburn and was part of the Doubledays staff as they entered the postseason stretch. Litsch started three games in the regular season and appeared in one game as a reliever. In 10 total innings he allowed 11 hits, and pitched to a 3.60 ERA. The youngster was still able to perform well with running in scoring position as he allowed just two hits in sixteen total plate appearances.
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