(GAME DATE – Feb 26, 2020) — Sophomore right-hander Ryan Fritze of Michigan was notched 3 wins so far this season for the Wolverines, all on complete game shutouts. In his latest decision, a 4-0 win over Duke, he allowed just 6-hits, no walks, while striking out 16 batters.
Michigan leads the Big Ten with a 10-4 record. Fritze has led the way there, notching 37 K’s and just 5 walks so far this year.
The Cypress, California native was impressive last season as well, managing to finish 8-3 with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and 85 strikeouts, all in 13 starts. But this year there are whispers of NCAA College Player of the Year status, should he continue to dominate the bump. He could become the first pitcher Big Ten pitcher to win the award.
Fritze was selected to the All-Star team last season and appears to be leading college voting to make the squad again. Scouts noted his velocity is now up to 94 mph, and his has improved his curveball, which accompanies a reliable fastball and a forkball he can locate.