Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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Special Photo. Wesleyan grad Grayson Garvin has emerged as Vanderbilt's Saturday starter during SEC play, with a 6-1 record in eight starts and a 2.04 ERA.
Vanderbilt baseball’s last Southeastern Conference pitcher of the year was a tall left-hander, David Price, the eventual No. 1 pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.
The Commodores’ latest pitcher to earn that honor is Grayson Garvin, a Wesleyan grad who, like Price, is a tall lefty with high hopes for the draft.
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Garvin was selected as the SEC’s top pitcher this week, in addition to earning first-team honors, as his team enters the SEC Tournament as one of the favorites in the loaded SEC East. Predominantly a reliever his first two college seasons, he has a much bigger role as a junior.
Garvin, the SEC’s leader in wins, is 11-1 with a 2.54 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 891⁄3 innings. He is an impressive 9-0 in his 10 SEC starts.
That kind of domination is what baseball fans in Gwinnett are used to from Garvin from his days at Wesleyan. He didn’t have that kind of success at the college level until last summer, when he had a breakout season in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
He was named the Cape Cod’s pitcher of the year after going 5-0 with a league-best 0.74 ERA. He had 37 strikeouts in 362⁄3 innings, holding his opposition to a skinny .146 batting average.
The momentum has continued into this season for Garvin, whose improved curveball and slider have boosted an arsenal that typically relied mostly on the fastball and changeup.
“I just feel good (this season),” Garvin told the Daily Post last month. “Just getting confidence is big and having a good team around really helps. ... The biggest thing with baseball is confidence and the more you get out there and succeed, it builds a lot of confidence from a team and individual standpoint.”