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Sunday, March 21, 2021

MLB prospect Jack Leiter tosses no-hitter and strikes out 16 in dominant 5-0 victory for Vanderbilt baseball

Vanderbilt right-hander Jack Leiter, ESPN’s No. 2 MLB draft prospect, tossed a no-hitter on Saturday in the Commodores’ 5-0 win over South Carolina.

Leiter walked a batter in the first inning before recording 27 consecutive outs. He finished with a career-high 16 strikeouts as the No. 2 Commodores improved to 15-2, 2-0 in the SEC.

Leiter was efficient, posting 81 strikes in 124 pitches, inducing eight fly outs and three groundouts, improving to 5-0.

“Walking the first guy, obviously, is not something you want to do,” Leiter said in his postgame interview on SEC Network. “But I would say, not until the fifth, sixth, seventh inning, is when it started to feel different from other games.”

The son of former MLB pitcher Al Leiter, Jack works mostly in the low-90s on his fastball, using a knockout plus curveball as his best secondary pitch, traits that attract several scouts to his games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2021 at 12:17 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: March 21, 2021 at 01:55 AM (#6009414)
wow, I am-this-old alert:

I saw Al Leiter win a HS championship state title game BITD.

and as I have mentioned before, to a man (ok, boy) the vanguished batters agreed that the most fearsome pitcher they had faced was in an earlier round - Jim Price, who had a modest 4-year stint as an NFL tight end.

Leiter and I crossed paths a couple of years ago and I mentioned this nugget - which as soon as I said it, I realized was a completely useless comment. I may make many of those here, but I rarely do in real-life conversation.

he had as blank a stare as struck me as appropriate.
   2. bfan Posted: March 21, 2021 at 08:26 AM (#6009417)
124 pitches; anyone concerned?
   3. Jack Sommers Posted: March 21, 2021 at 08:41 AM (#6009419)
It really depends on what he was doing before that start and what happens after that start. It's a lot of pitches in today's context, but guy has a no hitter going and is striking everyone out. Acceptable risk as long as it's not repeated anytime soon in my view.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2021 at 11:59 AM (#6009442)
Leiter is fantastic. I still think he's the second-best pitcher on his own pitching staff. I can't recall a college team having a pitching duo like Leiter and Rocker.
   5. Mayor Blomberg Posted: March 21, 2021 at 01:35 PM (#6009453)
Have two players from the same school, let alone two pitchers, ever gone 1-2 in the draft?
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: March 21, 2021 at 04:24 PM (#6009470)
My kid played HS ball against another of Vandy's trove of arms (Michael Doolin), though I see he hasn't thrown yet this year (and he was damn good in the innings he got pre-pandemic last spring as a freshman). I hadn't heard of any injury (Der-K?).

Sadly, though not unexpectedly, my son didn't get to try to hit off him. Rather he was his opposing number at the hot corner.

   7. Jose Bautista Bobblehead Day Posted: March 21, 2021 at 04:49 PM (#6009476)
Have two players from the same school, let alone two pitchers, ever gone 1-2 in the draft?
Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer (UCLA) went 1-3 in 2011. Bob Horner and Hubie Brooks (ASU) also went 1-3 in 1978.
   8. Cblau Posted: March 21, 2021 at 09:00 PM (#6009508)
I would say 124 pitches when facing only 28 batters is not very efficient.
   9. Mayor Blomberg Posted: March 21, 2021 at 09:12 PM (#6009511)
Thanks Jose
   10. Walt Davis Posted: March 21, 2021 at 10:37 PM (#6009523)
And Jacod deGrom went 272nd in 2010 out of Stetson U and Corey Kluber went 134th in 2007 out of Stetson U ... baseball is a funny game.

Those AzSU WAR totals are just nuts. Bonds 163; Reggie 74; Bando 61; Pedroia 52; Monday 33; another 6 players at 20+; another 11 at 10+. Monday was the first #1 pick but Bando was grabbed in the same draft way down at #119. They may be done as their last notable pick was Kole Calhoun in 2010 (17 WAR).

I'm sure he's not alone but given he went to college and the secondary, etc. drafts they had in those days, Hubie Brooks was drafted 6 times.

   11. winnipegwhip Posted: March 22, 2021 at 01:43 PM (#6009583)
I would say 124 pitches when facing only 28 batters is not very efficient.

But you didn't watch the game.

When you overpower a team with 16K's I think an avg of 4.5 pitches per at bat is very good.

Not his fault that South Carolina couldn't touch him.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2021 at 11:00 PM (#6010362)
And in his next start, Leiter tosses seven no-hit innings before he's pulled in the eighth. 16 straight no-hit innings.
   13. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 26, 2021 at 11:24 PM (#6010364)
Jose’s thought process in the last few minutes;

“Huh, that’s weird, why is the Leiter story atop the hot topics again?”

“Holy ####.”

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