With over a month of the Major and Minor League seasons complete, let’s check out how Maryland alumni have faired in the professional ranks so far this season.
LHP Brett Cecil struggled out the gate in his first season with the St. Louis Cardinals letting up a total of five earned runs in his first four appearances. Since then the Cardinals’ setup man has rebounded nicely. Despite blowing a save against the Braves on Sunday, Cecil has let up just one run in his last 13 outings. He currently has a 4.38 ERA and has struck out 16 batters in 12 1/3 innings.
While Cecil is the only Terp that is currently in the majors, LHP Adam Kolarek has been making a case to be in the big leagues as well. The Baltimore native has posted a 1.35 ERA in 12 appearances for the Triple-A Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays). He has struck out 14 batters with just three walks in 13.1 innings. He has not given up a run since April 16.
RHP Mike Shawaryn dazzled on Saturday for the Class-A Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox). He pitched six innings of one run ball, walking one and striking out 12 batters. The No. 14 prospect in the Red Sox system has been fantastic since he let up nine runs in his first start of the season. In his last five starts, Shawaryn is 2-0 with 42 strikeouts and a 1.33 ERA.
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LHP Zach Morris has been solid pitching in relief for the Class-A Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies). In 12.2 innings the southpaw has struck out ten batters, walked nine, and let up five earned runs on 14 hits. He is 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP and one save in two chances.
LHP Alex Robinson has rebounded well after letting up five earned runs in his first three appearances of 2017. He has not given up an earned run in any of his last five appearances. The Class-A Cedar Rapids Kernels’ (Minnesota Twins) reliever is 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched.
Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota Twins) outfielder LaMonte Wade, brother of current Terp Jamal Wade, has kicked it up a notch in Double-A. Wade is hitting .536 in his last 10 games, giving his batting average a 75 point boost and giving Wade a spot on MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week. He currently owns a .321/.468/.494 slash line to go with three homers, five doubles, three stolen bases, 11 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
Third baseman Jose Cuas has struggled lately for the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee Brewers), hitting .167 in his last 10 games. He is batting .209 with a .321 OBP, two homers and a .753 OPS.
Second baseman Brandon Lowe has gotten off to a nice start this season for the Class A Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays). In 28 games Lowe is slashing .340/.431/.570 with three homers, and ranks in the top five in the Florida State League in doubles (10), runs scored (23) as well as OBP and slugging.
While all these former Terps have been doing well on the field, three remain on the shelf. Springfield Cardinals’ (St. Louis Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate) LHP Jimmy Reed was placed on the 7-day disabled list on April 17. He currently owns a 8.10 ERA in three appearances spanning 6.2 innings. The southpaw missed the entire 2016 season due to injury. LHP Jake Drossner made one start with the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee Brewers), throwing four innings of one-run ball, before hitting the disabled list April 12. He has since been activated and reassigned to the Rookie affiliate Helena Brewers, but has yet to make an appearance. Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs’ Double-A affiliate) RHP Jake Stinnett has not pitched yet this season due to injuries.