Kevin Smith and Brian Shaffer highlighted a list of nine Terps, three of whom are incoming freshmen, who were taken in the 2017 MLB Draft this week.
Smith, who received preseason All-American honors in January, was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 4th round, 129th overall. The shortstop hit .268 with a team-best 13 homers and 48 RBIs this season, and was named to the Big Ten Tournament All-Tournament team. A native of East Greenbush, New York, Smith is the highest draft pick out of Maryland since the Tampa Bay Rays took Brandon Lowe in the 3rd round in 2015.
Like Smith, Shaffer received numerous accolades this season, including Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and Third Team All-American, after going 7-4 with a 2.66 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 108.1 innings. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 6th round, 172nd overall, giving the Terps two top-2oo picks for the second time in three years.
After Smith and Shaffer went on day two of the draft Tuesday, right-hander Jamal Wade (17th round, 513th overall, Seattle Mariners) was the first to go on day three. Wade spent the first two seasons of his college career as a power-hitting outfielder and DH, but after seeing time on the mound last summer, transitioned into a flame-throwing bullpen arm. The Owings Mills, Maryland, native touched the mid-90s with his fastball this season, which he paired with a devastating curveball that gave him 33 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.
Outfielder Marty Costes, who earned First Team All-Big Ten honors this spring and Freshman All-American honors a year ago, was taken in the 25th round, 751st overall, by the Houston Astros. A draft-eligibile sophomore, Costes hit .322 with 46 RBIs and tied with Smith for the team-lead in home runs (13). Over two seasons in College Park, he slashed .296/.400/.517 with 22 homers and 83 RBIs.
Ryan Selmer, the 6-foot-8 right-hander who served as the Terps’ closer this season, went in the 31st round, 937th overall, to the New York Mets. While he doesn’t possess the strikeout stuff that Wade does, Selmer anchored himself as one of the most reliable arms in the Maryland bullpen over his three seasons as a Terp. His 85 appearances (81 in relief) over the past three years lead the Terps in that span, and the Beltsville, Maryland, native will go into the pro ranks with a 3.07 college ERA to his name.
Another right-handed bullpen arm, Jared Price, was selected late in the draft, going to the Miami Marlins in the 37th round, 1109th overall. Price, a fifth-year senior, sits in the mid-90s on the radar gun, and after posting a 3.04 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 23.2 innings this season, proved he can be a valuable late-inning asset.
In addition to the six Terps selected, three Maryland signees who are scheduled to arrive on campus in the fall heard their name called on Wednesday. Randy Bednar, an outfielder and left-handed pitcher out of the Landon School (Bethesda, Md.) was selected in the 27th round, 800th overall, by the Atlanta Braves. Bednar went 27-for-49 (.551) at the plate this spring while striking out 32 in 19 innings on the mound. Justin Vought, a catcher from Wyoming Valley West High School (Plymouth, Pa.), was taken by the 31st round, 930th overall, by the Kansas City Royals. The incoming freshman hit .474 in 43 at bats as a senior this spring. Right-hander Mark DiLuia (Marian Catholic, Chicago Heights, Ill.) was taken in the 38th round, 1154th overall, by the Texas Rangers.