Yesterday, we broke down the Big Ten conference as a whole and spoke to head coach John Scefc and shortstop Kevin Smith at media day. Today, 10 days before Maryland’s season-opener, we’ll take a look at the Terrapin bullpen.
The Terps will be without their leader in appearances from a year ago, Robert Galligan, who graduated after a season during which he appeared in a team-high 27 games.
However, aside from Galligan, Maryland is returning the majority of its bullpen from the 2016 season.
Returning many crucial members of the bullpen will help Szefc and pitching coach Ryan Fecteau continue using a committee of arms to close games.
“I don’t think you need to designate a closer with this team; I think you have multiple options,” Fecteau said on the Maryland Baseball Network podcast. “I think these guys are capable of pitching two [or] three innings on a given day. We just have to be smart with not using them too often if we’re going to get multiple innings out of them.”
Right-hander Mike Rescigno is coming off a tremendous summer with the Baltimore Redbirds of the Cal Ripken league and has impressed everyone in the offseason. The senior from Monmouth Beach, NJ appeared in 13 games, pitched 15.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs over the summer. Last year Rescigno allowed 12 earned runs in 19.1 innings, but appeared in 23 games, the third-most of any Maryland pitcher. His efforts were rewarded this past year when the San Francisco Giants drafted him in the 36th round of the MLB Draft. However, Rescigno opted to return to College Park for his senior season. He was recently named the top player on Perfect Game’s senior draft prospect list.
Right-hander Ryan Selmer joins Rescigno in the bullpen as one of Szefc’s top relievers. Selmer, who will likely see time in critical late-game situations in 2017, spent the summer with Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League, working on improving his ground ball efficiency. The redshirt junior has led the Terps in appearances the past two seasons, appearing in 27 games a year ago and throwing 37.1 innings, a mark that also led all relievers. He led the team in saves with four and held opponents to a .240 average.
Andrew Green is another reliable option in Maryland’s bullpen this season that has been working on an unconventional pitching delivery this offseason. Not only has he been practicing a submarine delivery (below), but in recent practices, Green has pitched from over-the-top and submarine against the same batter, similar to Coastal Carolina’s Andrew Beckwith. Green is looking to build on a sophomore season in which he struck out 12 batters in 13 relief appearances.
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Ryan Hill will also see action as a late-inning option for the Terps. One of three transfers on the roster, and the only transfer pitcher, the junior right-hander comes to Maryland from after two strong seasons at Grayson College in Denison, Texas. Hill posted a 2.29 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 39.1 innings (12.13 K/9 innings) last season for the Grayson Vikings.
The Terps also have a duo of left-handers that will compete for time out of the ‘pen. Andrew Miller had a strong summer with the Baltimore Redbirds of the Cal Ripken league, as he allowed just eight earned runs in 30.1 innings. Miller’s repertoire includes a fastball that reaches the low 90s, a changeup and a slider. Tayler Stiles, who has spent time as a starter with the Terrapins, may find himself a crucial southpaw piece of the bullpen on weekends. He finished the 2016 season with a 2-3 record and a 6.23 ERA.