This isn’t going to become a theme where I just write about low level minor league baseball players that most people have never heard of, but I will occasionally write about the two who were drafted out of Central Connecticut State University this past year.
Yesterday I mentioned JP Sportman, the 27th round pick of the Oakland Athletics this year who played in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game last night and right now I will talk about his former college teammate, Nick Neumann.
Neumann was drafted in the 28th round of the 2014 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates and was immediately assigned to the Jamestown Jammers of the NYPL.
After getting Tommy John Surgery midway through his career at CCSU, Neumann became the Blue Devils frontline starter, which is also a reason I don’t think I ever got to see him pitch. Most of the games I went to in New Britain were during the week, when I wasn’t working (college students work on the weekends).
I know you don’t care about what he did in college, so lets get right to where he is now.
The adjustment to professional pitching seemed a little bit rough for the Middletown, Conn. native.
In his first five appearances, he allowed 10 runs in 11 innings and his ERA blossomed to 8.18, but after that, he seemed to figure things out.
After July 4, Neumann has basically cut his ERA in half and as of August 16, the NYPL All-Star Break, it sits at a respectable 4.55 with a low water mark of 4.50 on August 6 after a 2 1/3 inning scoreless appearance in his first game back in his home state since he was drafted.
He has struck out at least one batter in every game since July 18 and is averaging 7.5 K/9 and 3.83 K/BB ratio.
Neumann has been pitching about once every four days and is averaging almost two innings per appearance.
At 23.116 years old per Baseball Reference, he is slightly older than the average player in the NYPL, but with an encouraging trend, I expect Neumann to pitch in a full season league next year.