Left-Handed Starting Pitcher
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Since he is not ranked, here are some quick notes on him before we dive into his college stats.
Dan Metzdorf is the first player who we don't have in the BA 500. I wanted to make it 6 rounds, but alas. Undersized lefty 86-89 mostly, but touched 93 late in the season. 2.58 ERA this spring.— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) June 4, 2019
Metzdorf was a starter for BC the last three years in school. The Senior cannot go back to school and after two high schoolers picked earlier by the Sox, this seems like an under slot candidate.
He was drafted by the Yankees last year in the 38th round but opted to go to school and it worked out very well for him. His first three years in Boston were not great. His first year he sported an 8.00 ERA while mostly coming out of the bullpen. He greatly improved as a starter in his sophomore season but he still was not great with a 5.06 ERA. He then had a setback last season, his junior year, with a 5.74 ERA. However, everything came together this season.
He sported a 2.30 ERA in 82 1⁄3 innings, that is about 6 2⁄3 innings a start, so he really is the innings eater Vinnie Cervino suggested. He is not a strikeout pitcher by any means, 240 1⁄3 career innings pitched, he had 191 strikeouts and never had a season where he averaged a strikeout per inning. The walks were fine, in those 82 1⁄3 innings as a senior he only walked 32 batters but his main achievement last year was a great .204 batting average against. In my opinion, he looks like he will probably start out in the rotation and then move to the bullpen later on in his pro-career if the fastball velocity does not improve.