Preseason Countdown No. 8: Top Summer Performers

After the 2021 season came to an unfortunate end, many Terps took their bats and gloves to the many collegiate summer baseball leagues around the country to get in extra reps before the 2022 season.

Most of those who played summer ball in 2021 competed in local, Maryland-based leagues like the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CPCBL), or leagues up in New England like the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) and New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).

There was a handful of standout performers among summer league Terps last season, and with many of them being core members of the team, their summer performances offer a great glimpse at what’s to come in 2022.

Bobby Zmarzlak – Alexandria Aces (CRCBL)

Although Bobby Zmarzlak had just 56 at-bats with the Alexandria Aces, he put together the best stat line out of any Terp last summer. The junior slashed .375/.485/.732 in the 16 games he played, and ripped five home runs.

Zmarzlak’s best performance came July 17, when he reached base all five times he stepped to the plate. Out of the four hits he collected that day, half of them were doubles and another came via the long ball.

Matt Shaw – Amsterdam Mohawks (PGCBL)

Matt Shaw played in over double the games that Zmarzlak played in during his time with the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s Amsterdam Mohawks. In 35 regular season games, he nearly matched Zmarzlak’s slash line with his own line of .369/.458/.689.

Shaw also hit nine home runs — the most of any Terp last summer — and swiped 14 bases.

In one three-game stretch between July 21-23, Shaw combined for 10 hits — including four doubles and two home runs — and totaled eight RBI. Out of 16 plate appearances, Shaw failed to reach base on just five occasions.

Troy Schreffler – Keene Swamp Bats (NECBL)

While Troy Schreffler didn’t best his peers in on-base percentage or in his ability to draw walks, he quite literally stuffed his stat sheet across the board.

In 33 games, Schreffler was an extra-base hitting machine, picking up 11 doubles, three triples, and six home runs with the Swamp Bats. He added six stolen bases to his summer resume all while hitting an exceptional .336.

Schreffler’s only flaw came in his plate discipline, as he struck out seven times the amount he walked (42/6). But despite that flaw, he proved to be very deadly with the bat when he makes contact.

Ryan Ramsey – Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (NECBL)

Out of all the pitchers to play summer ball, Ryan Ramsey walked away with definitively the best performance. In six appearances for the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (five starts), Ramsey pitched 24 innings to the tune of a 1.87 earned run average.

On top of that, he struck out 38 batters while walking seven.

Ramsey’s incredible summer earned him a spot in the NECBL All-Star Game, where the sophomore started on the mound for the South.

Following the July 18 All-Star Game, Ramsey pitched two of his best games of the summer — two consecutive 10-strikeout performances to cap off his time as a Shark.

As Ramsey looks to have an important role in Maryland’s rotation in 2022, his stellar performance as a starter over the summer seem to offer a lot of excitement for what’s to come.