Sisk earns first start for Johnson City

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By Travis Jenkins

He’s currently pitching in the Rookie League, but Evan Sisk has looked like anything but a rookie for the past few weeks.

Sisk, the Lewisville High School graduate, is now a member of the Johnson City Cardinals in the Appalachian Rookie League after being selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 16th round of the MLB Draft. Through three appearances, he has not looked or played like a nervous newcomer trying to find his away against top-level competition. He has not been involved in any decisions yet, but he has pitched 8.1 innings, has allowed just seven hits and just one run. Sisk has recorded 10 strikeouts, issued only two walks and has yet to give up a hit to a left-handed batter. His most recent action was Wednesday when he made his first professional start in a game against the Bristol Pirates. He went three innings, allowed no runs, three hits and struck out two. His other two appearances came in relief against the Kingsport Mets. On June 29 he worked three innings struck out three and allowed one run on two hits. His professional debut came on June 22, when he worked 2.1 innings, gave up two hits and struck out five batters.

By the end of his freshman year at the College of Charleston, Sisk had worked himself into the mix as a starter. As a sophomore, things took off for him as he was a second team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick after going 5-2 in 12 starts with a 3.72 ERA in 75 innings of work. This past season he compiled a 10-3 record with a 2.96 ERA in 15 games, all starts. He tossed one complete game, logged 91.1 innings, struck out 78 batters (against only 24 walks) and opposing batters hit only .222 against him. As impressive as those numbers already are, his best work seemed to come in starts against Power Five opponents. In starts against Georgia, South Carolina and Kansas State, Sisk was 3-0, did not allow an earned run and struck out 19 batters in 23.2 innings. He was named Colonial Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on three occasions in his career and was a semifinalist for the National Pitcher of the Year award. At Lewisville as a senior in 2015, he posted a .90 ERA with 114 strikeouts in 77 innings of work. He yielded only four earned runs that entire season and also led Lewisville in hitting, with a batting average of .423. He helped the Lions advance to the Class A state title series in 2015 and was selected for the North-South All-Star Baseball Game.