Preseason Countdown No. 10: 2022 Pitching MVP

It was a Friday night in late April. Maryland was beating Northwestern 13-0 with two outs in the ninth inning with Ryan Ramsey on the mound. Not a single Wildcat had reached base. The Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium crowd anticipated what could be next.

A sharp ground ball to Nick Lorusso prompted the third baseman to fire over to first, completing the final out. Ramsey threw his arms in the air and was greeted by his battery mate Luke Shliger. The left-handed pitcher had just thrown the first Maryland perfect game since 1959.

That night highlights the best of the team’s pitching performances from last season, and Ramsey has earned Maryland Baseball Network’s most valuable pitcher award for the Terps in 2022. 

With a pitching staff that boasted the three-headed monster of Ramsey, Nick Dean, and Jason Savacool, as well as a robust bullpen, the Terps had reliable pitching. But it’s Ramsey who takes home the team Cy Young Award of last season.

In addition to his night of perfection, the southpaw finished the year with a 3.22 ERA and a team-high 11 wins. He made 15 starts with 92.1 innings pitched, racked up 90 strikeouts, and only allowed 63 hits and 6 home runs to opposing hitters.

The New Jersey-native nearly tripled his workload in innings pitched from the prior season and remained a steady force in the Maryland starting rotation last year.

Ramsey ultimately earned himself a selection in the 2022 MLB Draft as the Kansas City Royals selected him in the 13th round with the 385th overall pick.

With Ramsey no longer with the team, Maryland will look to build off its pitching success and continue to provide favorable numbers entering the new season.