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LHP Keegan Akin taken in 2nd round

Keegan Aikin

In the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft with the 54th overall selection, the Orioles went with another Cape Cod League standout pitcher, taking left-handed pitcher Keegan Akin.

Like the Orioles first round pick Cody Sedlock, Akin was without a doubt the anchor of his team’s staff and excelled while carrying a huge load. Akin didn’t do anything to particularly wow anybody as a freshman or sophomore at Western Michigan but was incredible as a junior as he had a 1.82 ERA in 17 starts while striking out a ridiculous 133 batters in 109 innings pitched. He only walked 30 betters while batters hit just .192 against him.

In order to get his team into the NCAA Tournament, Akin pitched two games in five days and allowed only one unearned run in 13.2 innings. He is a hard-throwing lefty who has a fastball that regularly hits between 91 and 94 mph but maxes out at 96 mph. He has a fairly effortless delivery that helps him generate a lot of power behind his pitches.

Along with his fastball, which is clearly his top pitch, Akin has two advanced off-speed pitchers, a low-80s slider and a tumbling changeup.

Akin is the highest-drafted player in Western Michigan and first Bronco taken in the first three rounds since 1995.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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