Tech welcomes newest members to the baseball program

BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech baseball program will officially start its 2020 fall season with individual workouts next Monday at English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park while team practice opens on September 10.

The breakdown of the newest members includes five transfers and 16 freshmen. They came from all parts of the country, representing nine different states with the largest coming from Virginia (9), followed by North Carolina and Pennsylvania with three each. There is one player each from Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Pitching makes up more than half of the newcomers with 11 joining the program, seven righties and four southpaws, while there are four infielders, four outfielders and two catchers.

Repeating a style from last year, Tech will reveal its newest class by those positions this week, one a day until Friday. The right-handed pitchers are first up, announced today (below), while the rest of the week goes as follows: infielders, catchers, left-handed pitchers and, lastly, outfielders.

Below, please find information on each of our newest players, listed alphabetically (by position), followed by their hometown then bio information provided by them. Clicking on a player’s name will take you to their full bio on the website.

THE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHERS
Graham Firoved

Virginia Beach, Virginia

2020 (at Northwest Florida State): Appeared in three games during the shortened season … Had a 10.38 ERA in 4.1 innings pitched, struck out nine batters, walked three and posted a 0-1 record … Threw at least 1.0 innings and struck out at least two in each game, including a season-high four in 2.0 innings versus Motlow State. 
2019 (at Radford): Appeared in 16 games, with one start … Had a 3.18 ERA in 22.2 innings pitched, struck out 27 batters, walked 13 and posted a 1-0 record with one save … In nine relief appearances, tossed at least 1.0 innings and did not allow an earned run … Had nine multi-K outings, including a season-high seven in 2.2 innings at Gardner-Webb (April 27) as he struck out the side in the seventh and eighth … Made lone start against Harvard (March 9), tossing a season-high 3.0 innings … Won his only game against UAB (March 1) and earned a save versus Wake Forest (May 14).
High School: Earned varsity letters all four years playing for coach Scott Stubbe at First Colonial … Helped the Patriots to the 6A Regional Championship in 2018 and a conference title in 2014 and 2015 … A two-time preseason All-American and two-time Most Valuable Pitcher of the region … Recorded a 1.23 ERA, fanned 100 batters and allowed a .175 batting average against for First Colonial … Also played basketball for the Patriots.

Griffin Green
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
High School: Earned three varsity letters playing for coach Michael O’Keefe at Chelmsford High School … Ranked as the No. 15 player in the region’s 2020 senior class by Prep Baseball Report … Was a senior captain and helped the Lions advance to the Division 1 North semifinals in 2019 … Was named a league all-star as a junior … Also was on the golf team, earning three varsity letters … Was a three-time league all-star and a senior captain … Graduated from Chelmsford before spending the 2019-20 school year as a postgraduate student at Phillips Andover.

Jenner Kehe
Golden, Colorado
High School: Earned three varsity letters playing for coach Derrick Peterson at Lakewood … Was a first-team all-conference pitcher and an all-state honorable mention for the Tigers … Was a PBR Top3-ranked player in Colorado … Earned Lakewood’s Don Osse Athletic Award.

Brady Kirtner
Christiansburg, Virginia
High School: Earned three varsity letters playing for coach Dale Nelson at Christiansburg … As a junior in 2019, posted an 8-1 record with a 1.56 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 58 innings … Added a 1.08 WHIP and opponents batted just .152 against him … Earned All-Timesland, all-district and all-region pitcher of the year honors for those efforts … Attended the WWBA Perfect Game showcase in Jupiter, Florida in fall 2019 … Was a second team all-conference pitcher as a sophomore.

Kyle McKernan
Waxhaw, North Carolina
High School: Earned three varsity letters playing for coach Trey Putman at Marvin Ridge … Named the Southern Carolina Conference Pitcher of the Year and a first team all-conference member … Also earned all-state first team honors and was the Greater Charlotte Pitcher of the Year … In 2019, selected as the UCHSBaesball.com’s CY Young Winner after leading Union County in wins (10-1) along with striking out 85 hitters to go along with a 1.61 ERA … Helped the Mavericks to a 26-8 record before falling in the 3A state title series … Also played one season for the Mavericks basketball team.

Jackson Ritchey
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
High School: Earned varsity letters for three seasons at Huntingdon Area under coach Butch Woodward … Was a shortstop and pitched for the Bearcats as they won two district titles, one league title and advanced to the state semifinals in 2018 … Best game was a seven-inning, one-hitter with two walks and 15 strikeouts … Also lettered four years for the basketball team and the golf program … Scored over 1,100 points in career as a forward on the hardwood, including a career-high 35-point effort … Helped the team to three district and three league titles and was earned two first team all-league honors.

Christian Worley
Alton, Virginia
High School: Earned three varsity letters while playing for coach Kenneth Day at Halifax … Was a pitcher and shortstop for the Comets … Helped Halifax to the Class 5 state semifinals in 2019 … On March 20 of that year, threw a no-hitter against Dan River, striking out 16 and walking just two batters … Also helped the Comets advanced to the 2018 Class 5 state quarterfinals, while posting two wins on the mound with a 1.16 ERA … Also earned a pair of varsity letters while swimming for coach Shawn Torian.

 

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