The Charlottesville Tom Sox are welcoming back another key piece of their 2017 VBL Championship run. Late season addition Bobby Hearn will return for the 2018 campaign. Hearn is a redshirt sophomore at Wake Forest. He broke his wrist very early in his redshirt freshman campaign and did not get the chance to pitch much. After an outstanding summer 2017, however, his role should be greatly expanded going forward.
Hearn started the summer 2017 season with the Loudon Riverdogs in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. In 7 appearances, 26.1 innings pitched, he compiled a 3.41 ERA while striking out 20 and walking only 9.
He joined the Tom Sox in late July; made 5 appearances; threw 11.1 innings; and had a 1.59 ERA while striking out 13 and walking only 3. He was a key lefty arm coming out of our bullpen, including in 2 of the 3 championship series games versus Strasburg.
From Tampa, FL and Jesuit High School, the 6’1; 205 pounder is the son of Bob and Christine Hearn. A serious student, Bobby will do an internship this summer while with the Tom Sox, the details of which are still coming together.
Wake Forest Head Baseball Coach had this to say last year, “Bobby throws three pitches for strikes, locates his fastball on both sides of the plate and throws every pitch with great intent and conviction.”
GM Jeff Burton had this to say about Bobby. “He was an incredible late season find for us. As has been the case with all the players we’ve brought in from Tom Walter’s Wake Forest program, he has incredibly high character; a strong sense of purpose; and tremendous talent. He is driven to succeed both on and off the field and like he did in his short, 2-week stint with us in 2017, we expect our community will be better because of his presence in 2018.”
Welcome back to the Tom Sox, Bobby Hearn.