Preseason Countdown #8: Blohm named to top prospects list


Maryland baseball left-hander Tyler Blohm was ranked No. 316 on D1baseball’s college Top 350 prospects list released Wednesday. He is the only Terrapin to be featured.

After Blohm won the 2016 Maryland High School Gatorade Player of the Year award, the Baltimore Orioles selected him in the 17th round of the MLB Draft. Instead of turning pro, the Severna Park native took his talents to his flagship university.

Blohm went 8-6 with a 3.48 ERA during his freshman season, holding opposing hitters to a .227 batting average. His eight wins ranked second in program history for a freshman.

The southpaw’s dominant first season included 71 strikeouts in 75 innings over 16 starts. He was the only freshman on the team to regularly start in the weekend rotation.

Blohm’s standout season garnered attention from around the conference, as he was named the Big Ten freshman of the year and was unanimously selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. He was also included in two college baseball sites’ All-American teams.

During his sophomore season in 2017, Blohm became the Saturday starter in the rotation behind right-hander Taylor Bloom. But Blohm struggled at times to replicate his abundant success from a season earlier, and his numbers began to drop. By the end of the year, he was removed from the rotation as he nursed an undisclosed injury.

Rather than returning to the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Falmouth Commodores for the second straight year, Blohm took the summer off ahead of what could be his final season at Maryland. He’ll look to return to his freshman form ahead of the 2019 MLB Draft in June, which he’ll be eligible for again.