COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Sophomore Dennis Brady of Mercer County Community College (NJ) has been selected by the Division II Baseball Committee as the 2017 Spalding® NJCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year. Brady helped the Vikings advance to the NJCAA Division II World Series. He is the scond consecutive Mercer County player to receive the honor as Andrew DiPiazza took home the award in 2016.
Brady claimed the lowest earned run average among all Division II pitchers with a 0.96 mark. The right handed hurler registered an 11-2 record on the mound with 84.1 innings of work to his name. Brady ranked third in the nation with 118 strikeouts, including three games with at least 11 punch-outs.
“Attending Mercer was one of the best decisions I ever made,” Brady stated. “I went there with a mission to refine and better myself and my abilities. I would like to thank the coaching staff and players, most notably Andrew DiPiazza. I was able to develop and become a better person and pitcher. Receiving this award means so much to me because my goal in the beginning of the season was to win it. I am one who thinks setting goals are beneficial because it gives you a reason to keep working hard even when you think you have nothing left.”
Brady’s precision on the mound led him to one of the best K/BB ratios of all-time at 11.8 after walking just 10 batters on the season. For measure, Brady’s mark would eclipse the best single-season K/BB ratio in Major League Baseball history.
Mercer head coach Kevin Kerins described Brady’s impact on the Viking program. “Our program is very fortunate to have a player of Denny Brady’s character and talent. Denny is one of the hardest working players we have ever had. His competitiveness and commitment to preparing for each outing really set him apart. He was the foundation of our pitching staff and led by example while his work ethic and maturity were contagious throughout our entire program. Denny is a tremendous young man with a great future ahead of him.”
The Vikings posted a 48-14 record on the year, winning both the Region 19 and the Northeast District Championship. Mercer County reached the NJCAA Division II Championship game, finishing the year as runners-up where Brady was named the Pitcher of the Tournament after going 2-0 with just two earned runs in 15.0 innings.
Brady racked up numerous awards throughout the season, including First Team All-Garden State Athletic Conference, First Team All-Region 19, and the NJCAA Pitcher of the Week on March 2.
Brady, who graduated from Mercer with a Liberal Arts degree, has committed to Old Dominion University where he intends to study sports management. He was also recently selected in the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels in the seventh round with the 205th overall pick.
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