South Alabama Gets New Pitcher for 2012

The JagsJungle has learned that Howard College pitcher Kyle Bartsch has signed his letter of Intent to play baseball for the University of South Alabama for the 2012 baseball season.

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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