The 6' ,200 left-hander began the year as the Saturday starter but ran into some arm soreness and pitched the rest of the year out of the bullpen. Still, he finished the year a very respectable 5-1 in 11 appearances with for a Howard team that finished the year 46-13. He allowed 44 hits and 15 walks while striking out 37 in 44 innings. The 4.09 ERA is inflated by over a run from his first relief appearance where he surrendered 6 earned runs in 1.2 innings. Sans that outing, his ERA was under 3.
A 2009 graduate of L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas, Bartsch earned first team All-District honors as well as being elected Class President and earning membership into the National Honor Society. As a high school senior he signed with West Texas A&M where he pitched as a freshman in the spring of 2010.
Bartsch could fight for a spot in the rotation or he could be a lefty out of the bullpen where after settled in the role last year at Howard, his velocity wrenched up the 90 to 92 mph range. Regardless he's a welcome arm to the South Alabama pitching staff.
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