Vanderbilt Sophomore Pitcher Jack Leiter’s Current No-Hit Streak Helps Put Him In Line as Top MLB Draft Prospect

It was evident that Vanderbilt’s right-handed pitcher Jack Leiter was on track to be a baseball force back in his days with Delbarton Prep (NJ), where he earned the Gatorade 2018-19 New Jersey High School Baseball Player of the Year honor

Now in his sophomore year at Vanderbilt, Leiter has not permitted a hit in his last 16 ⅔ innings of work, including a no-hitter versus South Carolina last week and seven no-hit innings against Missouri Friday night. 

It is not like Leiter has faced cupcake competition. The Summit, N.J., native had fanned 10 of 23 batters that he faced while surrendering just two walks against a Tigers lineup that entered the tilt averaging 5.6 runs per contest. 

Leiter has now allowed a stingy seven hits and one earned run in 36 innings, giving him a 0.25 ERA this season. As a freshman, he posted a 1.72 ERA and a 37 percent strikeout rate in 15 innings of work, per CBS Sports

Leiter’s current stat line has further solidified his status as one of the top prospects in the upcoming MLB draft if he decides to go that route. 

Whatever he chooses, however, if the son and nephew of MLB veterans Al and Mark Leiter, respectively, remains healthy, there is no arguing that he is on the path to pitching excellence. 

— Jerry Del Priore 

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