The Charlottesville Tom Sox head to the Sunshine State (Florida) to find their next 2018 players, best friends and sophomore pitchers Brandon Reitz and Kirby McMullen.
Reitz is a 6’1; 190 pound RHP who played at Florida State University as a freshman; is at Tallahassee Community College this year; and has announced he will attend the University of North Florida next year. He is both a teammate and roommate of Justin Sorokowski, and thus, has heard great things about the Tom Sox organization. “The summer season is a fun time to get better and work towards winning another championship in Charlottesville. I absolutely love what I have heard about last years’ experience and want to help the team repeat as the #1 team in the country for summer baseball” Reitz said.
In his 2017 summer in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, Reitz showed flashes of poise and dominance. He threw 31.1 innings; 11 outings; had a 2.87 ERA; struck out 40; and walked only 14. He was named one of the Top 20 prospects in the league. His best game came against Utica, where he pitched 6 shutout innings and had 12 strikeouts on the day. Consistency is what he really feels like will help him take a next step as a pitcher. “I really want to focus on having four pitches for strikes every outing. To be a dominant starter who is throwing deep into ball games, you simply can’t rely on 1-2 pitches. I think this Spring will go a long way towards helping me find that which I seek.”
Kirby McMullan is a multi-dimensional player. The 5’11; 195 pound RHP/OF from Ocala,FL is a sophomore at 2017 national champion University of Florida where he plays for former Virginia Cavalier catcher Kevin O’Sullivan, the current Gators head baseball coach.
As a freshman in 2017, McMullen made 16 appearances on the mound, with his lone start coming in the Regional Championship game against Bethune Cookman. On the season, he made 16 appearances and had a 3-0 record. At the end of the season, he was named to the 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
In the summer of 2017, he played in the New York Collegiate Baseball League and was named a NYCBL All Star 2017. A late arrival after winning the National Championship in Omaha, NE, McMullen threw 18.1 innings; maintained a WHIP of about 1.25; and had a strikeout to walk ratio of 20: 4. He also hit .391 in 64 ABs; had 22 RBIs; and scored 21 runs.
McMullen is excited to go from one nationally recognized team to another. “I’m really competitive, so being a part of the top teams, like Florida and the Tom Sox, is something that I relish. I enjoy the competition that comes when playing for championships.”
The Tom Sox plan to use him as a 2-way guy, but on the mound is where McMullen is happiest. “I love having the ball in my hand in tight situations. You don’t get that with every pitch when you are playing in the outfield.”
Something that could be interesting to Tom Sox fans, we found an article about both Reitz and McMullen from their high school days. The link is below.
Welcome to the Tom Sox, Brandon Reitz and Kirby McMullen.