by Jim Holland
**action photo courtesy of Beckley Register-Herald
Chris Metrick, who last summer pitched in many clutch situations for his hometown Wes Virginia Miners, has signed his contract to return to the team for the summer of 2017. His signing was announced by the team as the second of many individual contract signings expected to be periodically unveiled by the Beckley, WV based team over the next several months.
The 20-year old right-hander excelled last season for the Miners working exclusively out of the bullpen. During Prospect League regular season play last summer, he appeared in 21 games and posted a stingy 1.62 earned run average for 33.1 innings of work that showed 20 strikeouts versus 12 walks on the campaign. His biggest moment came in the postseason on August 13, when he struck out eight hitters in three innings of work in game two of the Prospect League championship series in Quincy, IL that clinched the league title for the Miners.
Metrick will be playing junior season this spring at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where last year he posted a 3-0 record in 22 games for the Bobcats while leading the Mountain East Conference in saves with eleven.
The Prospect League is the premier collegiate wood bat summer baseball league in the Midwest. It has been operating in its current form since 2009 while serving the summer baseball needs of top collegiate players. The 2016 Prospect League title won by the Miners was the team’s third league championship in the last five seasons.
Season-long box seats and other ticket packages for the West Virginia Miners are already on sale for the 2017 Prospect League season, which begins on May 30 while the Miners home opener will be on June 1 versus the Butler (PA) Blue Sox. Persons needing more information on the Miners can contact the team either by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at 304-252-7233.