School: University of Florida; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-2; Weight: 215
Previously Drafted: Minnesota Twins, 29th round, 2013
Background: Overshadowed by A.J. Puk – and to a lesser degree by Dane Dunning – Shore, however, has been a consistent, productive member of the Gators’ rotation since stepping foot on campus. As a true freshman the 6-foot-2, 215-pound right-hander made 16 appearances – 15 of which were starts – while throwing 95.2 innings, nearly double that than every other pitcher on the club, with 68 punch outs, and jut 20 free passes.
He would eventually be named SEC All-Freshman Team, SEC Freshman of the Year, and Freshman All-American by nearly every major publication: Perfect Game, NCBWA, Louisville Slugger, and Baseball America. Perfect Game also named him National Freshman of the Year.
Shore would maintain status quo the following season as well, averaging 6.73 K/9, 1.92 BB/9, and a 2.72 ERA.
This season, however, Shore’s strikeout rate has leapt up to a more impressive – though, still slightly subpar – 7.95 K/9, but he’s also managed to walk a career low 1.36 hitters every nine innings.
Projection: Shore’s kind of like a poor man’s version of Philadelphia budding ace – and former UCLA first rounder – Aaron Nola. Meaning: Shore isn’t particularly overpowering by any stretch of the means, but he knows how to pitch (and he’s incredibly successful at it). The jump in strikeout rate this season – it’s spiked nearly 20% from 2015 – is incredibly encouraging, but he’s going to need show that ability in the professional ranks.
Shore looks like a backend starter, perhaps squeaking out a couple mid-rotation-caliber seasons if everything breaks just the right way.
Ceiling: 1.5-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Risk: Low to Moderate
Grade: Second Round