Photo credit: Gary Streiffer/Courtesy Lynchburg Hillcats

The Lynchburg Hillcats season ended with a game two Carolina League championship series loss to the Charleston Riverdogs. Lynchburg was able to advance through the divisional series after clawing back down 0-1. Lynchburg couldn’t rally in the championship series and ended the year 65-71.

Game by Game

9/15 – 5-2 W vs Fredericksburg
9/16 – 3-0 W vs Fredericksburg
9/18 7-5 L @ Charleston
9/20 6-2 L vs Charleston

Prospect of the Week

Isaiah Greene: 4-15, 2B, HR, RBI, BB 3 K, SB – .267/.313/.533

Greene had a great end to his 2022 season as he destroyed a ball in the Hillcats final game. Overall, Greene has a lot of tools to be a quality outfielder but time will tell on his development at the plate against more talented pitching.

Who’s Hot

1B Will Bartlett: 3-12, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 4 BB,6 K – .250/.438/.417

Bartlett ended his 2022 season by breaking out of a slump and giving the Hillcats a great couple of offensive outings. He is an older prospect but led the Hillcats in a lot of ways this season.

P Ryan Webb: 5.0 IP, 3 BB, 6 K

Webb was phenomenal in his divisional series appearance as he did not allow Fredericksburg to record a hit off of him. He ends the year with 57 strikeouts.

Who’s Not

P Reid Johnston: 3.0 IP, 6 ER, 3 HR, BB, 3 K

Johnston’s game one outing really hurt the Hillcats in the championship series as he got roughed up allowing three home runs and six earned runs.

CF Jorge Burgos: 0-13, 2 BB, 4 K – .000/.188/.000

Arguably the best offensive player for Lynchburg did not record a hit in their final week of the season. A rough end to what was a great season for Burgos.

Position Player of the Year

2B Jake Fox

Jake Fox chose to take the Minor League route after already moving into Florida and he dazzled in his first year of Pro ball at just 19. Labeled as a shortstop, Fox saw a majority of his work at second for the Hillcats and rotated in to centerfield on a regular occasion. He flashed his defensive ability throughout the year often this year while playing rather clean baseball. Fox only committed five errors this season.

At the plate is where Fox shows why he has incredible upside. He demonstrated patience behind the plate drawing 74 walks which contributed to a .381 OBP the second highest on the team. Fox racked up a team leading 25 doubles while adding four triples. While he did not display a ton of power Fox slapped five home runs and 44 RBIs this season. He show his speed with 21 stolen bases. If it was not for his age and a deep farm system, Fox would’ve moved up to Lake County where he likely will begin the season next year.

Pitcher of the Year

LHP Will Dion

Will Dion dominated this season in Lynchburg. He went 8-4 with a 2.26 ERA in 23 starts for the Hillcats. While he finished the season in Lake County the majority of his year was spent in Lynchburg and he was the best pitcher on the Hillcats. He struck out 142 batters in 115.1 innings of work while in Lynchburg. He posted a 2.42 BB/9 and batters averaged a mere .207 against him.

While he doesn’t have incredible velocity on his fastball his breaking ball and curveball keep batters guessing. Dion will be an interesting prospect to watch grow over the next several years but this year it was clear he was the best pitcher in Lynchburg. 

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