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2014 Draft Profile: Bryan Radziewski
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School: Miami; Class: Redshirt Junior
Position: LHP; B/T: L/L
Height: 5-10; Weight: 195 pounds
Previously Drafted: St. Louis Cardinals, 29th round, 2013
Background: The career accolades are impressive by themselves: a member of the USA National U16 team, 2011 Freshman All-America Second Team (Baseball America), 2013 Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List (USA Baseball), 2013 All-ACC First Team, 2013 Rawlings All-America Third Team, 2013 Louisville Slugger All-America Second Team, and a pair of 2014 Preseason All-Americas.
But the story itself articulates a clear picture of the type of obstacles the left-hander has had to overcome.
Standing just 5-foot-10 and a potato chip under 200 pounds, Radziewski was overlooked by professional scouts coming out of high school despite having enough firepower to be named as a Second Team Freshman All-American when he posted a solid 3.35 ERA while average 9.07 K9 and 3.65 BB/9.
And just as Radziewski was making a name for himself in college baseball he would come up lame with a partial tear in his left labrum, an injury that not only knocked him out of the majority of 2012, but one that can sometimes end careers.
Except the little southpaw came back stronger than ever last season, throwing 91.0 innings with 109 strikeouts and just 30 walks to go along with a miniscule 1.78.
This season his numbers have regressed a bit – 10.05 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9 – but he’s proven that he’s far enough removed from any lingering shoulder woes.
Projection: Not particularly overpowering, Radziewski, instead, lands firmly in the Jeremy Sowers Camp – left-handers with decent stuff and an idea how to use it.
Radziewski is a potential backend starting pitcher, something between a fringe #4/good #5, but he’s always going to have that labrum tear hanging over his head. And at the very least, he could slide into a serviceable middle relief role.
Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Floor: 0.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Draft Projection: Third/Fourth Round
Photo Courtesy of hurricanesports.com.