Litsch Named No. 6 Prospect in Appalachian League

Posted Sep 21, 2005

Jesse Litsch was ranked as the sixth best prospect in the Appalachian League by Baseball America today. Litsch was signed by Toronto as a draft-and-follow in May of 2004. He was originally drafted in the 24th round of the 2004 draft. This season he went 5-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 11 starts.

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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