SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly right-handed pitcher Drew Thorpe is No. 3 on D1Baseball.com's lis of Top 50 Freshman Pitchers.
"After four weeks, the 2020 college baseball season and College World Series were cancelled. However, many players around the country were off to hot starts and today we recognize the freshmen pitchers who came out of the gates spotting it up and getting 'em out," wrote David Seifert of D1Baseball.com.
In four starts this season, Thorpe posted a 1-1 win-loss record and 3.21 ERA with 31 strikeouts over 28 innings. The Desert Hills High School graduate from Washington, Utah, fanned 13 BYU batters -- two shy of the school Division I record -- over eight innings in a 10-0 victory on Feb. 22.
"To identify those with the best performances, we have broken down pitching into three categories: Zone Control, Pitch Ability, and Durability," Seifert said. "Zone Control is how well the pitcher controls the strike zone with strikeouts, walks, wild pitches and hit by pitch. Pitch Ability refers to the pitcher's ability to pitch and uses statistics like WHIP, FIP and OppSLG. Durability is largely based on innings pitched and batters faced.
The rankings are based on the four weeks of statistics from the 2020 season. They are computed with an adjustment to account for park effects of the most extreme hitter- and pitcher-friendly parks, as well as an adjustment for a team's strength of schedule.
Alabama lefty Connor Prielipp who posted a 3-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in four starts covering 21 innings, topped the lost. He allowed five hits, walked six and struck out 35. No. 2 is UCLA's Jared Karros.
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