Monday, June 12, 2017

Ex-Terp Mike Shawaryn Making Headway In Single A Ball

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When the Red Sox drafted starting pitcher Mike Shawaryn out of the University of Maryland (College Park) last year, he kind of went under the radar. The big news was Boston's first-round gamble on pitcher Jay Groome—even though there were some "issues" with the kid. Groome has worked out very well—sitting as the #2 prospect in the organization. Shawaryn (ranked as the #12 Sox prospect) was selected in the fifth round, and was considered a top-notch prospect until his junior year for the Terrapins. Then, he seemingly lost velocity on his fastball and performed less effectively than he did in his stellar sophomore year. Still, Boston took a shot. This year at Single A Greenville, the 22-year old is 3-2 with a 3.88 ERA. In 53.1 innings pitched, he's given up just 44 hits—walking 13 and striking out 78. He may not end as a "top of the rotation" guy—but it's looking more and more like he will be a solid major-league starter at some point down the road.