A pair of West Virginia pitchers earned preseason All-Big 12 honors from Perfect Game last week in junior right-handed pitcher Jacob Watters and freshman first baseman/outfielder Grant Hussey.
Watters came out of the bullpen primarily in 2021 and finished last season with a 3.33 ERA and a 4-1 record through 19 appearances with only one of those being a start. The Rocky Gap, Virginia native also led the Mountaineer bullpen last season with 53 strikeouts and was the co-leader in saves on the team with four. The reliever was un-hittable at points as opponents held only a .165 batting average against the righty last year.
The relief pitcher originally started his baseball career at Bland County High School in Virginia and earned second team All-State as a junior while being a multi-sport athlete, playing basketball and football as well. Watters was a highly touted arm coming out of high school after he was named a McDonald’s All-American Game nominee during his senior season.
Hussey was selected by Perfect Game as the Big 12 Freshman of the Year this season and comes from just down the road in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The first baseman/outfielder was an All-State selection as well as a USA Today West Virginia Player of the Year while playing at Parkersburg South High School.
During his high school playing days, Hussey also hit for a total .325 batting average, a .462 on-base percentage while also driving in 26 RBI’s. Hussey was ranked the No. 1 player in the state of West Virginia while ranking No. 79 overall in the country by Perfect Game. The left-handed batter will add some pop to the Mountaineers batting order and could be a spark at a number of different positions on the diamond defensively.
West Virginia and Central Michigan will throw first pitch of the new season on Friday, February 18 at 11 a.m. inside Springs Brooks Stadium.
Photo by Scott Weaver, Big 12 Conference