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Terps Shawaryn taken in 5th round by Boston

Mike ShawarynDespite a bit of a shaky junior season, Maryland pitcher Mike Shawaryn was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB Draft, selected 148th overall by the Boston Red Sox. Shawaryn lost his spot as the team’s Friday starter and his top billing in the rotation, but still possesses great stuff. That enamored scouts.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-handed pitcher can hit 94 mph on the radar gun with his fastball and has a dependable slider that shows a good break and tilt. His slider is his top off-speed pitch and got even better in 2016 as he worked on his mechanics to move from a low three-quarters delivery to a higher delivery. He also has a changeup that has great moments and pretty good control as he mostly stayed pitching inside the strikezone.

Shawaryn was third on the Terps among starters with a 3.18 ERA, but led them with 97 strikeouts in 99 innings pitchers with a rotation-best .195 batting-average against. He was a first team All-American as a sophomore when he went 13-2 with a 1.71 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 116 innings pitched. Based on what he showed as a sophomore many scouts felt his relatively disappointing 2016 season could make him a gem of the draft for a team that could pick him.

“We are extremely happy for Mike,” Maryland head Coach John Szerfc said. “Mike is a first class guy on and off the field and he has worked incredibly hard over the last three years to put himself in this position. We are excited to see what he does in the future.”

Shawaryn is the 17th players drafted under Maryland’s current coaching staff, led by Szefc.

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