We continue the countdown today with number 75, Catawba pitcher John Tuttle. In his junior season with the Indians, Tuttle went 10-4 and his 82.2 innings pitched was good for 2nd best on the staff. After a successful sophomore campaign, Tuttle had high expectations for the 2013 season and he did not disappoint. Posting a 3.92 ERA the right-hander also had 78 strikeouts which were good for 2nd highest on the team and his 18 walks was a career low for the pitcher.
The Kannapolis, NC native attended A.L Brown High School where he started for the Wonders. The two-time team MVP was named captain as a senior and led A.L Brown to a pair of playoff appearances during his career.
Noted as a ground ball pitcher, Tuttle was excited to try his stuff against some big Division 1 hitters and see how he faired pitching against the wooden bats. During the 2013 summer season, the 6’0” right-hander spent his time with the Asheboro Copperheads in the Coastal Plains League. The Asheboro ace finished in the Top 5 in the league of five different categories: ERA (1st), wins (1st) opposing batting average (3rd), fewest runs allowed (tied-3rd), and fewest earned runs allowed (tied-1st). On top of that his 0.78 ERA was tied for the 4th best in CPL history, while his nine wins was tied for 2nd most in league history.
Tuttle was named the starting pitcher of the West Division CPL All-Stars and was awarded the 2013 Rawlings CPL Pitcher of the Year honors. He returns to Catawba for his senior season with the Indians and with continued success will be a prospect to follow as the 2014 MLB draft approaches.
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