By Jake Eisenberg and Ben Harris
Maryland right-hander Mike Rescigno was selected in the 25th round (755th overall) of the 2016 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants. Rescigno is the second Terp to be drafted this year, after Mike Shawaryn was drafted yesterday.
After beginning his collegiate career as an infielder, head coach John Szefc converted the Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, native to the bullpen. His strong arm and low-90s fastball (91-94 mph) translated well to his new relief role. In two seasons, Rescigno threw 23.1 innings out of the pen with a 5.06 ERA, 27 strikeouts and 18 walks. He struck out 23.72% of batters faced, walking 15.51%.
Rescigno made great strides as a late-inning arm last summer, playing in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League for the Bethesda Big Train. In 15 appearances (16 innings), Rescigno allowed just four hits (one extra base hit), three earned runs while striking out 17. His 75.8 first-pitch strike percentage allowed the right-hander to pitch to his strengths, leading to his increased strikeout numbers.
Rescigno saw an increased role in 2016 for the Terps, appearing in 23 games. He posted a 5.59 ERA and struck out 23 batters.