We continue the countdown today at number 72 with Vanderbilt’s Jack Armstrong. He is a 6’7 225 pound junior right-handed pitcher from Jupiter Florida where he attended Jupiter High School. He was a three year letter winner in baseball while being named a Top-200 prospect by Perfect Game. He was named a 2007-08 Second Team All-Conference, AFLAC All-American Team, 2008 Rawlings Preseason All-American, and First Team All-Region Baseball. The Texas Rangers selected him in the 36th round of the 2008 MLB Draft.
Armstrong decided to spurn the Rangers offer to continue his baseball career at Vanderbilt. He made six relief appearances in 2009 without recording a decision with a 12.91 ERA. He did strike out eight batters in only 7.2 innings of work. He spent the summer of 2009 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Wareham Gatemen. He went 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA while striking out 31 batters in 35 innings. He was named a Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star for his performance as he pitched a scoreless inning.
As a sophomore, he made 16 starts on the mound going 7-4 with a 4.71 ERA. He ended up pitching in a total of 78.1 innings as he struggled with his control as he walked 39 batters and struck out 50 batters. He was able to hold opponents to a .291 batting average against. He spent the summer again with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League where he went 4-3 with a 2.96 ERA in seven starts. He held opponents to a .225 average against with 41 strikeouts in 45.2 innings.
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