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2020 Conference Wrap: Missouri Valley

Analysis

It’s still hard to believe the 2020 college baseball season is over after just four weeks of play. Most conferences didn’t even reach league play before the coronavirus halted the season, so it would be pointless to give out any legitimate awards or draw any sweeping conclusions from our meager sample size. With that in mind, we won’t be releasing a 2020 All-America team, or naming a national Player of the Year or Freshman of the Year.

But informally, we can still take a look back at those first four weeks and highlight some players who stood out. Keep in mind that nonconference strength of schedules varies dramatically, and four weeks really isn’t a long enough period to even determine how strong a given schedule truly was. With those caveats out of the way, here are some superlative picks for the Missouri Valley Conference, which played four weeks of nonconference action and never began league play.

Here are the superlative categories:

  • Best Team
  • Most Surprising Team
  • Most Impressive Hitter
  • Most Impressive Pitcher
  • Best Senior
  • Best Freshman
  • Breakout Player
  • Breakout Pitcher

BEST TEAM

Dallas Baptist

Over the shortened season the Patriots looked every bit the team we expected when we selected DBU to finish first in the conference. Over the 16-game run, Dallas Baptist finished with 12 wins, including a series win on the road against then-13th ranked UNC, driven by a solid offense and impact pitching staff.

The Patriots, as a staff, posted a 10.27 SO/9 rate over 142 innings of work, while holding opponents to a .233 average. Among starters, RHP Dom Hamel – a transfer from Yavapai JC (AZ) – led the way, posting a 2-0 record, 1.04 WHIP and .188 BAA in his four starts. Hamel’s quality three-pitch mix (four if you include his occasional slow curve) helped the righty to punch out 27 batters in 19.2 innings while maintaining a 3.86 SO/BB rate.

Shutdown closer Burl Carraway (0.96 ERA/1.21 WHIP) – the top reliever in this year’s MLB Draft Class – was dominant in his eight appearances, striking out 17 over 9.1 innings while holding opponents to a .172 average and racking up five saves. Junior RHP Ray Gaither (3.98 ERA/1.29 WHIP/.230 BAA) also impressed in a starter role, while senior RHP Kragen Kechely (1.42 ERA/0.98 WHIP/.178 BAA), junior LHP Peyton Sherlin (1.74 ERA/1.19 WHIP/.205 BAA), junior RHP Carver Ross (2.35 ERA/1.39 WHIP/.154 BAA) and sophomore RHP Cole Reeves (0.00 ERA/0.81 WHIP/.142 BAA) helped round out the conferences best bullpen.

Offensively, junior Jimmy Glowenke (.415/.458/.509) and freshman Jeffrey David (.351/.367/.526) paced the offense for the Pats, with junior Blayne Jones (.286/.357/.619) and RS-freshman Ryan Wrobleski (.271/.327/.563) emerging as impact producers, as well. 

 

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