2016 Draft Profile: Mike Shawaryn

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:


Player IP ERA K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Mike Shawaryn 307.0 2.61 9.00 2.32 0.32
Aaron Nola 332.0 2.09 9.35 1.41 0.46


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

Risk:  Moderate

Grade: First Round




After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.