Three Harvard players were recognized by Ivy League head coaches as players to watch in the annual CollegeBaseballInsider.com season preview. The publication polls head coaches for the best players in each facet of the game. Junior left-handed pitcher Brent Suter, senior catcher Tyler Albright and senior shortstop Sean O'Hara earned recognition.
Albright, a two-year captain was named as the league's top defensive catcher and the top arm for a second-straight season. Last year, Albright played virtually the entire campaign with a fractured thumb on his glove hand but still made noise offensively while earning All-Ivy honors. He was one of just six players to hit .400 in league play, hitting the mark exactly while posting a .493 on-base-percentage to rank fourth in the league. He earned seven walks and was hit by six pitches while striking out just three times in 19 games. Albright batted .426 against righties in league play and was at his best in clutch situations with a .524 average with runners in scoring position (11-for-21). He drove in 15 runs during league play and led the team with 30 RBI for the season while batting .321 overall with nine doubles.
O'Hara was named the league's best infield arm by the coaches after being recognized as the league's top defensive infielder in last year's season preview. A first team All-Ivy League pick in 2010, O'Hara ranked second in league batting average with a .443 mark with 13 extra base hits and 15 runs batted in during 20 games. His on-base-percentage of .513 also ranked second. For the season, O'Hara ranked second on the Crimson with a .342 batting average while posting a team-best .405 OBP. His 16 doubles were part of a 20 extra base hit campaign that also led the team to go with a .510 slugging percentage with 26 RBI.
Suter earned multiple mentions in this year's list including being named as the pitcher teams want least to face off against. He was also named as one of the league's top three starting pitchers.
Over this past summer, Suter was named as the Great Lakes League Pitcher of the Year and Top Prospect. Collegiately for the Crimson, Suter was one of just two pitchers named to the All-Ivy League first team after an electric spring.
The lefty went 4-0 (league best) with one save with a 3.55 ERA and a league-leading 33 strikeouts in 33.0 innings while walking just seven batters. Suter was virtually untouchable against left-handed batters, who went just 2-for-24 (0.83 against him). All told, Suter posted a 4-2 record with a 5.26 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 49.2 innings against 14 walks.
Rank the top three starting pitchers: Pat Lowery, Columbia; Brent Suter, Harvard; (tie) Mark Gormley, Brown; and Kyle Hendricks, Dartmouth
The top closer is: Ryan Smith, Dartmouth
The pitcher you least want to face is: Brent Suter, Harvard
The most underrated pitcher is: Corey Pappel, Cornell
The best defensive catcher is: Tyler Albright, Harvard
The best catcher arm is: Tyler Albright, Harvard
The best defensive infielder is: Joe Sclafani, Dartmouth
The best infield arm is: Sean O'Hara, Harvard
The best defensive outfielder is: no player received more than one vote
The best outfield arm is: Brian Billigen, Cornell
Rank the three best pure hitters: Joe Sclafani, Dartmouth; Dario Pizzano, Columbia; Dan Williams, Penn
Rank the three biggest power threats: Pete Greskoff, Brown; Alexander Aurrichio, Columbia; Will Davis, Penn
The hitter you least want to face is: (tie) Darrio Pizzano, Columbia; and Joe Sclafani, Dartmouth
The toughest hitter to strike out is: (tie) Jon Eisen, Columbia; and Joe Sclafani, Dartmouth
The most underrated hitter is: Matt Colantonio, Brown