We are less than a week away from the start of college baseball and D1Baseball started releasing lists of the top players at each position. In this article, I talk about which starting pitchers made D1Baseball’s top 100 list.
#10 RHP LeBarron Johnson (Texas)
LeBarron comes in as the top pitcher in the Big 12 entering the 2024 season. Last year he posted a 2.91 ERA while pitching the fourth most innings in the conference in 2023. We saw him get better as the year went on and by the time the postseason rolled around, he was one of the best starting pitchers in the entire country.
#19 RHP Kole Klecker (TCU)
There was no better freshman pitcher in the Big 12 than Kole Klecker in 2023. Despite being a rookie out there, Kole had a monster year finishing with a 3.72 ERA and had the most wins as a starter in the entire conference. Kole played a crucial role in TCU’s trip to Omaha last season and played extremely well in his two starts at the College World Series.
#21 LHP Peyton Tolle (TCU)
Peyton is one of two former Wichita State pitchers on this list and rightfully so. Last season he pitched over 85 innings and finished with 97 strikeouts. But not only can he make a difference on the mound but at the plate as well. Tolle also batted .311 while hitting 13 home runs for the Shockers in 2023.
#34 RHP Kyle Robinson (Texas Tech)
Kyle may have not had the greatest stat line last season, but the talent is certainly there. He’s got a huge arm, and he came up in some big moments a year ago. Against Oklahoma State and Florida, he pitched a total of ten innings and allowed just two earned runs. This year he looks to be the ace for the Red Raiders.
#42 RHP Tanner Witt (Texas)
After an outstanding freshman year back in 2021 coming out of the bullpen, Tanner Witt moved to the starting rotation in 2022 and looked fantastic. Unfortunately, he ended up getting injured and needed to get surgery. He spent most of the 2023 season injured but was able to make six starts late in the year for Texas. However, those starts didn’t go all that well. Now fully healthy, Witt returns, and I am going to be interested if he can get back to where he was a couple of years ago.
#49 LHP Owen Boerema (Kansas State)
Even though he posted over a 5 ERA last season, Owen still managed to go 7-2 as a starter in 2023. He was just one of six Big 12 pitchers to throw over 85 innings last year and he finished with the fifth most strikeouts in the conference (95).
#73 RHP Zane Petty (Texas Tech)
This appears to be one of those upside picks from D1Baseball because last season teams hit .299 against Zane. The good news is that Zane was just a freshman last year and he ended up starting 11 games. His best performance came against Florida in the postseason where he gave up just one run in five innings.
#82 RHP Charlie Hurley (Texas)
Charlie was just one of five Texas pitchers to pitch over 33 innings last season. He posted a 5-0 record and three saves for the third-most wins on the team. This season he looks to be the Longhorns’ third man in the starting rotation behind Witt and Johnson.
#85 RHP Reese Dutton (Kansas)
Coming in from USC Upstate, Reese finished the 2023 season with a 3.29 ERA and had a record of 10-3 in 15 starts. In those 15 starts, Reese managed to strike out over 100 batters which is impressive. He looks to add some quality experience to a Kansas rotation. Also, is he related to John Dutton from Yellowstone?
#94 RHP Grant Adler (Kansas)
Grant is another transfer portal guy that the Jayhawks were able to land. Adler spent two years in JUCO before going to Wichita State last season. In his lone season with the Shockers, Grant started 14 games and had a 2.55 ERA. Between him and Reese Dutton, Kansas definitely made some good moves in the offseason.