School: University of Maryland; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-3; Weight: 211
Previously Drafted: Kansas City Royals, 32nd round, 2013
Background: Originally taken by the Kansas City Royals in the 32nd coming out of high school, Shawaryn put together a solid freshman season for the Terrapins two years ago. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound right-hander tied eventual second round pick Jake Stinnett with the most starts on the team with 16. He would throw 92.1 innings with a 3.13 ERA and a 72-to-24 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
He would follow that up with a season for the ages in 2015: In a career-high 116.0 innings of work, the hard-throwing Shawaryn finished the year with an impeccable 1.71 ERA to go along with an impressive 138-to-29 strikeout-to-walk ratio. That production, of course, earned him a spot on Team USA where he would throw 10.1 innings with an 11-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
This season, though, Shawaryn’s production has taken a step back – perhaps due to overuse in 2015. He’s averaged 8.82 strikeouts and 2.36 walks per nine innings.
Projection: Consider the following comparison between Shawaryn and Phillies budding ace Aaron Nola, who was taken with the seventh overall pick two years ago:
Pretty similar production, right?
Shawaryn has consistently shown the ability to limit walks, keep the ball in the park, and miss a good number of sticks. I’m not convinced he’s going to be as good as Aaron Nola – after all, how many are? – but Shawaryn looks like me might be a solid bet to be a #2/#3-type arm, something the Big Ten has had trouble churning over the years.
Ceiling: 3.0-win player
Floor: 1.5-win player
Grade: First Round