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As the 2017 summer league season comes to an end, it is time to roll out CBBSN’s collegiate summer league updates from around the country. Over the next several weeks, our scouts will be sharing how their school’s players have fared over the season, and how they look to project going into fall practice.
The Hokies are looking to the future as John Szefc was hired from Maryland as the new head coach and an entirely new baseball complex await the players when they return. Tech is coming off a disappointing season where it finished 23-32 (9-21 ACC), but still sent many players to various summer leagues across the country. Let’s take a look and see how some of these underclassmen fared in their respective leagues.
Jack Owens: Peninsula Pilots, Coastal Plains League
The Hokies’ most consistent hitter from last season had an impressive summer posting a .351 average. Owens only played in 11 games this summer but still managed to score 10 runs while also stealing six bases. Look for him to be among the leaders in hits this coming season while holding down second base.
Paul Hall Jr.: Peninsula Pilots, Coastal Plain League
Hall made 12 appearances for the Pilots this summer posting a 7.27 ERA while working 26 innings. Known as a matchup pitcher in relief situations for the Hokies, Hall actually started three games this summer. He will be vital out of the bullpen this coming season, especially if he can hone in his fastball control as he had a 27 to 20 strikeout-to-walk ratio this summer.
JD Mundy: Battle Creek Bombers, Northwoods League
Mundy had his struggles like any freshman would last season, posting a .232 average across 40 games, but had a strong summer for the Bombers. He had a .281 average with 15 doubles, nine home runs and 39 runs scored on his way to being named an All-Star. He will line up all over the field this upcoming season for Tech and will be a tough out in the middle of the lineup.
Stevie Mangrum: Wisconsin Woodchucks, Northwoods League
Mangrum returned to Wisconsin for the second straight summer and had a MVP-caliber season for the Woodchucks. He hit .324 with 16 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs, 48 RBIs and 51 runs in 63 games. He would be a lock for league MVP if his team had fared better on the season. Mangrum was selected as an All-Star and played in the Major League Dreams Showcase as well. Like Mundy, Mangrum will line up at many different positions and bat in the middle of the lineup this spring.
Dylan Hall: Strasburg Express, Valley Baseball League
Hall had a very good summer for the Express as he pitched in nine games (six starts) with a 3.34 ERA. He finished the summer with a 2-1 record, a total of 35 innings and nearly a three to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Hall only pitched out of the bullpen for the Hokies last season so he was able to show off his versatility like Hall Jr. Both of these pitchers will be important to the success of the team this upcoming season.
Nic Enright: Baltimore Redbirds, Cal Ripken League
Enright missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but was healthy enough to pitch for the Redbirds this summer. He pitched very well for someone coming off an injury as he made eight appearances going 1-0 with a 5.23 ERA across 22 1/3 innings. He was named an All-Star and struck out the side in his one inning of work in that game. Tech will be hoping that he can stay healthy and provide some much-needed depth to the pitching staff.
Graham Seitz: Loudoun Riverdogs, Cal Ripken League
Seitz didn’t get much work last season for the Hokies, but that should change this year. He went 2-3 for the Riverdogs this summer with a 5.34 ERA across 32 innings of work. Seitz also recorded 22 strikeouts to only 12 walks. Look for him to get much more than time on the mound than the 5 2/3 innings he got last year.
Virginia Tech was full of upperclassmen last year and that will not change this season. The Hokies will look to have a more successful season this year with new head coach Szefc taking over at the helm. The players listed above will have a big say in how the inaugural season of the new coaching staff plays out.