Maryland Terrapins MLB Draft Preview

Amidst a busy upcoming week in the baseball world comes the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft beginning Sunday in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. ET, which many eyes in the College Park area will gravitate toward.

After selections only went as far as five rounds in the COVID-affected 2020, this year’s draft will contain 20 rounds, just like last year.

The Terps saw two of their players get selected in 2021. Sean Burke was taken by the Chicago White Sox (Round 3, Pick 94) and Ben Cowles was picked up by the New York Yankees (Round 10, Pick 303).

With Maryland coming off a monstrous 2022 season, there are a few players to look out for as the draft begins. Here are a few Terps that teams in the majors should take a look at.

Chris Alleyne – Outfield

Alleyne declared for the 2021 MLB Draft but decided to return to Maryland for his fifth year after not hearing his name get called. He had the option to sign with an MLB team as an undrafted free agent but felt there was ‘unfinished business’ after the Terps’ campaign last season was cut short in the Greenville Regional.

Thus, the centerfielder racked up the accolades this season, with most notably winning the 2022 Big Ten Player of the Year. He is also a part of the 2022 First Team All-Big Ten, 2022 D1Baseball Second Team All-American and 2022 NCAA College Park Regional All-Tournament Team, among others.

After blasting 24 home runs this season, he broke the record for the most in a single season in school history. He finished the year with a .331 batting average and was a constant force in the potent Maryland lineup.

Ryan Ramsey – Left-Handed Pitcher

When people see Ramsey’s name, they may be reminded of the night of April 29 when the southpaw fired the second perfect game in school history and the first since 1959.

Aside from that memorable night at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, Ramsey still has a lot to his name after concluding his third season at Maryland. He was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice and finished this season on the 2022 First Team All-Big Ten.

Generally toeing the rubber on the Saturday matchups during the weekend series’, Ramsey posted a 3.22 ERA and went 11-1 in 92.1 innings of work. 

Nick Dean – Right-Handed Pitcher

Kicking off his season with two starts of shutout ball, Dean helped his ballclub get in the winning groove early. He would go on to finish the season with a 6-2 record. Taking up the majority of the Friday starts, Dean capped off his 2022 season with a 4.57 ERA.

A member of the 2022 Third Team All-Big Ten, Dean threw 82.2 innings while striking out 80 batters. In the 15 games that he pitched in, Maryland ended up winning 11 of them.

Though Dean struggled a bit more toward the end of the season, the Pennsylvania native proved to be a key piece for the Maryland pitching staff the whole year.

Maxwell Costes – Infield

A member of the 2022 Third Team All-Big Ten and the 2022 NCAA College Park Regional All-Tournament Team, Costes’ bat came up big all throughout the season as the senior crushed baseballs in the heart of the Terps’ batting order.

Costes currently stands second in school history in home runs with 40, smashing 16 of them this season. He is also second in walks (116) and third in RBIs (145) in school history. The first baseman finished his senior season with a .296 batting average and 226 plate appearances.