ZEBULON, N.C. – Harvard Baseball almunus and current Carolina Mudcats pitcher, Noah Zavolas '18, has been named the 2019 Carolina League pitcher of the year.
The 23-year-old earned the honor after an impressive season with the Advanced Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Zavolas tallied a record of 6-5 in 22 starts, while holding an ERA of 2.98, good for second in the league at the time of the announcement.
Zavolas was shut down for the season in late August after reaching his innings limit. At the time his season ended, his 133.0 innings put him at second in the league while his 102 strikeouts were good for seventh.
"It's a huge honor," said Zavolas. "having (Manager Joe Ayrault) pull the team together and announce that news with everyone there was a special moment, something that I wouldn't have traded."
In addition to his player of the year honor, Zavolas was a two-time Pitcher of the Week selection (June 23; Aug. 4). The Harvard product was also named a Carolina League mid-season all-star and got the starting pitching nod in the game.
"He's one of the most prepared guys that I've come across in terms of being ready to go time in and time out," said Mudcats Pitching Coach Cam Castro. "I think he learned himself a little bit this season. Learning how to attack hitters differently, learning how to sequence them, learning how to set up his pitches and learning which of his pitches played the best and where they played the best. I'm excited to see him take the next step in his career, whatever that might be."
Zavolas was a three-time letter winner at Harvard ('15, '17-18), earning Ivy League Pitcher of the Year honors in 2018. He threw the Crimson's first no-hitter since 2001 against Yale on April 15, 2018. In his senior season, Zavolas threw a team-high 70.0 innings in 11 appearances in 2018, with a 2.96 ERA.
The Beverly, Mass. native was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 18th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft before a trade sent Zavolas to the Milwaukee Brewers organization in December of the same year.