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School: Texas; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-4; Weight: 240 pounds
Previously Drafted: Washington Nationals, 35th round, 2011
Background: Son of former Red Sox reliever Calvin Schiraldi, whose back-to-back losses that ended the 1986 World Series overshadows a solid big league and amateur career including a national championship with the Longhorns in 1983.
The younger Schiraldi – and also slightly shorter, by one inch – made his way to UT after spending two seasons at Navarro College and a summer in the Cape where he performed well against some of the elite collegiate competition (37.2 IP, 27 K’s and 10 BB’s).
This 2014 season has been a disappointing one for Schiraldi, who has historically shown a decent ability to miss bats and a strong feel for the strike zone. Through 55.1 innings, the 6-foot-4 right-hander has walked and struck out the same number of batters – 30.
Projection: At this point it appears he’s headed down the same path as his father – a potential backend reliever. Despite playing against lesser competition at Navarro, the younger Schiraldi never quite dominated the competition. Still, though, he has the size and bloodlines to convince a team in the middle rounds – perhaps fifth through seventh – to take a gamble.
Ceiling: 0.5- to 1.0-win player
Floor: Replacement Level
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Draft Projection: Sixth Round
Photo Courtesy of Chatham Anglers via baseballjournal.com.