The voices of Guns Up Nation have spoken. Our pitcher of the year is Micah Dallas. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a Texas Tech pitcher by Guns Up Nation. Dallas was an interictal part of the Red Raiders’ season and is one of the reasons they are in contention for another College World Series appearance.
Dallas had a 4-3 record on the season but showed flashes of greatness all season long. His first and his last start of the season weren’t great but the talent has always shown. Dallas is the best pitcher on this staff in terms of pure talent and I expect him to move on to the Minor Leagues this offseason.
Dallas has shown how talented he is this season by throwing in different roles this season. After being roughed up in his first start of the season, Dallas put together two straight great starts. He shut down Texas Southern, allowing no runs in five innings of work. The next weekend, he only allowed one run against Gonzaga (an NCAA Tournament team).
He then spent the better part of the next month in a relief role. This was due in part to the rise of Brandon Birdsell and part due to Dallas’ success out of the bullpen in 2020. Dallas put together together four consecutive solid outings, only allowing one run in that time.
Dallas was then forced back into a starter role after an injury to Brandon Birdsell. He finished the regular season with 62 innings pitched, 73 strikeouts to only 17 walks, and an ERA of 3.48, the second-best of his career.