The Guns Up Nation staff selection for Texas Tech’s 2021 Reliever of the Year is Junior right handed pitcher, Ryan Sublette. Sublette is a fourth-year player out of Lemont, Illinois and began his tenure with the team as a starter, but eventually moved to the bullpen. He has been the best, most consistent pitcher on the Red Raider staff, let alone reliever. He leads the team in ERA of all players with at least 10 IP. If not for a rough first outing against the nation’s best team, Arkansas, Sublette would have a 1.65 ERA.
However, even with the outing on his ledger, he has managed to post a 2.60 mark on the year, allowing just six earned runs in 15 appearances since. His four innings pitched in Austin during the series win over the Longhorns may have been his best work of the year thus far. With five strikeouts, no earned runs, a win, and a save coming in two tightly contested games, Sublette was an integral part of Texas Tech’s series victory. His overall performance in conference play garnered All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. Additionally, Sublette was on the midseason watch list for NCBWA’s “Stopper of the Year Award” and should have a strong case to be among the finalists announced on June 9th.
With NCAA regionals starting in a little over a week, Ryan Sublette will be a key player in helping this year’s Tech team make a run at Omaha.