While many players capture headlines from various programs, today we are here to focus solely on the arms that lead teams to victory each and every night. We of course, are talking about SEC pitchers — who is off to the best start this season?
But who will hold this honor? It is up to you to vote in the poll below. We have listed five nominees from the conference, and it is your job to whittle down the competition to your one pick.
Voting will close on March 30 at 11:00 a.m. PST, so make sure to spread the word and get the vote in as quickly as you can!
Casey Mize, Auburn
Key Stats: 5-0 / 2.04 ERA / 63 K
Mize – one of the top draft prospects from the college level – has been nothing short of spectacular thus far. A no-no to his name as well, this Tiger has become one of the best staff aces in the country, let alone the SEC.
Michael Byrne, Florida
Key Stats: 0.44 ERA / 12 APP / 1-0 / 15:2 K:BB
Though Byrne is a reliever, he has flashed some of the best statistical values in the conference so far in his 12 games. A robust 15:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio has helped lead to a miniscule ERA, and gives the Gators a premier relief option for late inning situations.
Garrett Stallings, Tennessee
Key Stts: 4-1 / 2.55 ERA / 2 CG
Stallings has been a great arm for the Vols so far in 2018 with the ability to eat innings as if they were a morning snack. Though his ERA isn't as dazzling as some of our other nominees, he has limited his opponents to just 12 earned runs in 42 innings of work.
Drake Fellows, Vanderbilt
Key Stats: 4-0 / 2.16 ERA / 40 K
Fellows has followed the trend of great Vandy pitchers with his work through the first 20+ games of the year, working his way to a perfect record and excellent ERA. Teamed with other starters and relievers with the Commodores, Fellows should help Vanderbilt to another deep season run.
Stephen Kolek, Texas A&M
Key Stats: 3-2 / 1.70 ERA / .183 Opp AVG
Kolek may not have the best record of our nominees, but he has definitely brought the stuff to give the Aggies a fighting chance every time he takes to the mound. A dazzling opponent's average under .200 is the standout trait for this stud, and his ERA comes off giving up seven earned runs through 37 innings.
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