3) Chance Sinclair, Junior Starting Pitcher, Spring Hill, KS
Who do you turn to when your Friday night pitching ace gets shut down for a good chunk of the season? That was the question posed to Silva and Erstad during 2014. The answer was a resounding ‘next man up.’ For the Huskers, that man was Chance Sinclair.
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He was a mainstay throughout the season as a member of the starting rotation for the Nebraska baseball team after joining via transfer from Neosho County Community College. He pitched the most innings of anyone on the staff with 94.1 including one complete game.
15 appearances netted Chance a 9-1 record. Those nine wins mark the most for a Husker pitcher since former major leaguer Thad Weber notched nine wins himself in 2009. His ERA sits at 2.29 which is good enough for second on the team behind the aforementioned Hirsch.
Sinclair’s accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed. He was awarded first team All-Big Ten honors by a unanimous vote. The last Husker pitcher who could claim that was Johnny Dorn in 2008.
He’s draft eligible as a junior this season. You have to think with the year he’s had that he’ll receive a good look from pro scouts. Nebraska baseball fans have to hope that Sinclair sticks around next season to be the ace that he was the last half of this year.