The Georgia Tech baseball team will return one of their best bullpen pitchers in RHP Micah Carpenter.
If the Georgia Tech baseball team is going to have a strong bullpen in 2018, junior right hander Micah Carpenter will have to lead the way for the Jackets.
2017 Season Review:
In 2017, Carpenter the Jackets best reliever, making 24 appearances throughout the season. In his 24 appearances, Carpenter pitched 31.2 innings on the season. In those 31.2 innings pitched, Carpenter had a WHIP of 1.44, which is a bit higher than desired but that beings said, Carpenter was able to work his way out trouble.
At the end of the season, Carpenter had the lowest ERA on the team with an ERA of 2.56, the only player to finish with a sub 2.70 ERA. The Jefferson, Georgia native also struck out 28 opposing batters in his 31 innings and allowed batters to have just a .244 batting average against.
Carpenter in 2018 will once again be one of the Jackets primary relievers. His 24 appearances led all members of the Jackets bullpen last season and it wouldn’t be shocking to see him push closer to that 30 appearance mark this upcoming season.
The Jackets bullpen overall will have to be better in 2018 and Carpenter will have to be the leader of that bullpen. Earlier this month we discussed Andy Archer, who despite having an ERA close to 5.00, also had the lowest batting average against of any pitcher on the team.
Danny Hall and the rest of the Jackets coaching staff would like to see Carpenter take a step forward with his control. Last season, he allowed 15 walks and three hit by pitches last season in his 31.2 innings. With allowing 30 hits last season, Carpenter at times left the ball over the plate too much resulting in three home runs. If Carpenter can do so, it will only make the Jackets a tougher opponent to beat and the back end of games only harder for opponents.