Duke baseball: Bryce Jarvis cracks list as Top-50 MLB Draft prospect

Duke baseball star pitcher Bryce Jarvis made the Top-50 MLB Draft prospect list.

The 2020 college baseball season was setting up to be a memorable one for the Duke Blue Devils, and although it was cut extremely short because of the coronavirus pandemic, there was one shining moment.

Star pitcher Bryce Jarvis hurled a perfect game back on February 21 against Cornell, the first perfect game or no-hitter in Duke baseball history.

Jarvis has been steadily rising up the rankings, leading the Duke pitching staff in back-to-back years of a Super Regional appearance and coming one game short of the College World Series.

While his junior season was cut short, Major League Baseball scouts still see the promise and potential the Franklin, Tennessee native has as the ace was ranked at No. 27 in Bleacher Report’s Top-50 prospect list.

ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel has the Blue Devil being selected in the first round, No. 25 overall, to the Atlanta Braves in his most recent MLB Mock Draft.

In just four starts this season, Bryce Jarvis was 3-1 with a 0.67 ERA and an astounding 40 strikeouts in just 27 innings pitched.

Jarvis only surrendered 11 hits and two walks in his four starts in 2020.

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For his Duke career, the right-hander is 13-4, appearing in 48 games, 20 starts, with a 2.81 ERA.

The New York Yankees drafted Bryce Jarvis in the 37th round last year, but he turned down the chance to wear the pinstripes and return to Duke for another season to improve his draft stock, which he certainly did.

More Blue Devils were likely to be selected in the 2020 MLB Draft, but because of the impact of COVID-19 on college baseball and the MLB, the league announced it is changing the format of the draft from its usual 40 rounds to five rounds.

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Teams are able to sign an unlimited amount of undrafted players, but only for $20,000.

The first round of the MLB Draft will begin on June 10 at 7:00pm EST, and the following rounds will take place on June 11, starting at 5:00pm EST.

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