DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Chris Pollard and the Duke baseball program are excited to announce the signing of two-way player Bryce Jarvis to a National Letter of Intent. Currently a senior at Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tenn., Jarvis joins the Blue Devils in the fall of 2017.
A right-handed pitcher and shortstop from Franklin, Tenn., Jarvis is the son of former Wake Forest right-hander and Big Leaguer Kevin Jarvis, who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball with 10 different organizations.
“Bryce has a very unique pedigree and has grown up around the sport,” said Pollard. “He has an advanced feel for the game both on the mound and as a positional player. He’s a very athletic young man whose traits translate well to his pitching delivery. Bryce has been up to 90 miles per hour and also shows advanced feel for his changeup. He’s also a very smooth infielder and left-handed bat. There’s a logical comparison to Kenny Koplove, who was a pitcher and shortstop for us who had a very similar frame and skill set.”
This past summer, Jarvis participated in the 2016 East Coast Professional Showcase, which provides a venue for the premier youth baseball players across the eastern United States to compete in a professional environment. He was selected to the 2016 Area Code games in Long Beach, Calif., as well, representing the southeast region.
A 2016 Perfect Game Underclass second team selection, Jarvis is rated as the No. 310 overall prospect and No. 100 right-hander in the 2017 recruiting class by the organization. He also ranks as the No. 11 overall prospect and No. 7 RHP from the state of Tennessee.
An all-county and all-state honoree, Jarvis hit .346 as a junior at Brentwood Academy with 16 RBI and a .449 on-base percentage. On the mound, he went 5-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 41 strikeouts over 42 innings.
An exceptional student, Jarvis is a member of the National Honor Society and was named a National Merit® Semifinalist, which recognizes the top one percent of the 1.6 million entrants in The National Merit® Scholarship Program.
Jarvis is part of Duke’s 10-member 2017 signing class. GoDuke.com is set to release details on each of the Blue Devils’ 2017 recruiting class members over the coming weeks.