For Nationals’ prospect Zach Brzykcy success is no surprise

WASHINGTON – Zach Brzykcy, 23, isn’t listed as a high 30 prospect within the Nationals’ system by or Baseball America.

However that doesn’t imply the right-hander from North Carolina hasn’t made an impression within the farm system of Washington this season.

Signed out of Virginia Tech in 2020, the non-drafted free agent started the 12 months at Single-A Wilmington after which was promoted to Double-A Harrisburg final month.

He recorded his first win on the Double-A stage on the identical day in June that his alma mater beat Oklahoma within the Blacksburg Regional at Virginia Tech. The reliever is 7-1 with an ERA of 1.43 and a WHIP of 0.90 break up between the 2 groups this 12 months. He has eight saves and is among the many leaders in a number of classes amongst minor league pitchers with the Nationals.

The success of Brzykcy just isn’t a shock to Ryan Fecteau, the affiliate head coach/pitching at Virginia Tech.

The coach heard from one other coach that Brzykcy was coming to the Hokies after another packages out of highschool.

“I went and watched him at his highschool and he was throwing 90, 92 then so I believed, ‘That’s a extremely good arm.’ He ended up coming; I want we might have seen what he might have turn out to be,” Fecteau advised Federal Baseball on Thursday.

That’s as a result of the 2020 school season was minimize brief attributable to COVID issues.

“He was coming off that nice summer time (in 2019) on the Cape and he was beginning to determine some issues out,” stated Fecteau, a former assistant on the College of Maryland below John Szefc, the present Virginia Tech head coach. “He was , late addition (to this system) for certain.”

“That Cape summer time was the place you begin to determine what he’s. He isn’t a man … he wasn’t a brilliant emotional man,” he added. “He stayed even-keeled.”

Fecteau has not been capable of see Brzykcy pitch in individual within the minors. He talked to him earlier than this season started.

“If he makes the large leagues, clearly, I shall be there,” stated Fecteau, with fun. “I want to offer him a shout.”

The precise-hander had an ERA of 5.20 in 2021 for Wilmington in 28 video games, with one begin.

Harrisburg returns to motion Friday when the Senators host Altoona, a farm workforce of the Pirates.