The 2018 Charlottesville Tom Sox are pleased to announce the addition of 2 more sophomore pitchers from the state of Virginia: Dartmouth College’s LHP Michael Parsons and George Mason University’s RHP Jared DiCesare. Parsons and DiCesare were 2 of the first players we targeted. Both had outstanding summer seasons in 2017 after prominent roles on their respective college ball clubs as freshman. Each came highly recommended by coaches, scouts, and fellow competitors in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.
Parsons, from the Norfolk, VA area, graduated from Norfolk Academy before matriculating to the Ivy League school in Hanover, NH. In his freshman season, he made 13 appearances, all in relief. He threw a total of 29.1 innings; had 26 Ks; and only 5 BBs.
This past summer, he made 6 appearances; all 6 were starts; threw 38.2 innings; had 20 Ks; and 12 BBs while playing for (Washington) DC Grays in Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.
Regarding this summer, Parsons had this to say. “I’m excited to be joining a program with such high standards of winning. This is a unique opportunity for me to work on my game on the field while furthering my education off the field with an internship.” Parsons will be interning with Larry Sabato and the UVA Center for Politics this summer.
The 6’0; 185 pound Jared DiCesare is actually coming to the Tom Sox as a 2-way player. He figures prominently into the Atlantic 10 school’s rotation while also competing for innings in the infield. He is from Chantilly, VA where he went to Chantilly HS.
As a freshman at George Mason, he made 21 appearances on the mound; threw a total of 25.1 innings; maintained a 3.55 ERA; while striking out 14 to only 10 BBs. He also had 59 at-bats offensively.
Like Parsons, Jared DiCesare played in the CRCBL in the summer of 2017. On the mound, he made 9 appearances; all 9 were starts; threw 32 innings; with 23 strikeouts; and only 3 walks. He had a 3.93 ERA for the Loudon Riverdogs. Offensively, he 48 ABs; maintained a .375 batting average; and at the end of the summer was named an Honorable Mention All-CRCBL player.
Interestingly, his father played baseball for Oklahoma State and then in the Texas Rangers organization while his grandfather played for the Boston Red Sox.
From GM Jeff Burton “The Tom Sox are so excited to welcome a pair of accomplished Virginians to our ball club. It’s not secret that we love to find guys from this state. Many of them know each other; camaraderie, often so hard at the beginning of the summer when you have 30 unknown players, is better with prior relationships. Parents can come watch their kids play and our players can make it home occasionally throughout the summer as available. In Michael and Jared, we are also getting guys who’ve proven they can compete at this level. That is very important to us as we strive to put a mature, competitive team out on the field and in our community.”
Welcome to the Charlottesville Tom Sox, Michael and Jared.