Tom Sox Re-sign McCracken for 2018

The Charlottesville Tom Sox plan on rolling out one name per week from our 2018 summer roster.  For starters, we are pleased to welcome back Johns Hopkins’ right handed pitcher, Sean McCracken.  Sean is a 6’4; 230 pound junior at the Baltimore, MD school that year in and year out competes for the D3 national championship.  Hopkins also ranks as one of the top universities in the world.   

The Ballwin, MO (just outside of St. Louis) native was instrumental in the 2017 Tom Sox VBL title run.  In 8 regular season appearances, 38 innings pitched (which led our staff), he struck out 27; walked 9; and allowed 27 hits.  He was 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA.  He added 9.2 more innings pitched in the playoffs, including a 5 inning outing inn the game 2 WIN vs Strasburg in the championship series.  
McCracken was named a South team All Star for the 2017 season, throwing 1 inning in the game; allowing 0 base runners; and striking out 1.  
Head Coach Corey Hunt had this to say about McCracken’s return….”Sean is a great addition to our 2018 team.  He is the ultimate team player both on and off the field. We look forward to seeing him back out on the mound in Charlottesville.”
Tom Sox fans may remember him from this Daily Progress article:  Tom Sox Internships.Sean McCracken  McCracken worked with local biotech firm HemoShear Therapeutics, “spending his time researching non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, using HemoShear’s human disease model to identify drug targets for a therapy.” McCracken will again will work with HemoShear Therapeutics or Soundpipe Therapeutics. Soundpipe  has a novel drug delivery platform, a research interest of Sean’s at Hopkins.
McCracken said that for him, the on-field success over the summer proved to him that he has the ability to be a top pitcher for Hopkins while his internship opened his eyes to the career path he would like to take once his baseball days are done.
As McCracken heads back to Hopkins for his junior season, he expects to move into the role of staff ace for a team that believes it is an NCAA title contender again in 2018. In 2017, he made 11 appearances, including 4 starts, and sported an ERA of 3.91 over 46 innings pitched.  He struck out 33, and walked 7, while limiting opposing hitters to a .257 batting average.  Coming off a confidence building summer 2017 season, we certainly expect those strong numbers will improve.
He is the son of Bridget and Bill McCracken.  He enjoys playing bridge, the guitar, and golf.  At Hopkins, he is majoring in Chemical and Bio-Molecular Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Business.
Welcome back, Sean McCracken!