Summer Ball Update 8/3/2016: Terps flourish locally and on the Cape

By Chris Rogers

As summer ball across the country comes to a close, let’s take a look at how Terps have done in their respective leagues.

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Nick Dunn (left) and Kevin Smith (right) with MBN’s Jake Eisenberg at the CCBL All-Star Game.

In the Cape Cod League, second baseman Nick Dunn and shortstop Kevin Smith were both named to the All-Star roster. Dunn, playing for the Brewster Whitecaps, ranks near the top of the league in numerous offensive categories, including average (.317, 7th), hits (51, 3rd), runs scored (25, 5th) and RBI (24, 4th). He has been reliable too, as he is the only Whitecaps player to appear in at least 40 games. Smith was deservingly named the starting shortstop for the East in the July 23 All-Star Game. Through August 2, he is hitting .295, and leads the Y-D Red Sox in hits (41) and doubles (12). Ryan Selmer, the lone Terps pitcher in the Cape, struggled early in the summer but has rebounded nicely of late. In 12 relief appearances, he has posted a 3.17 ERA, and tossed 4.1 scoreless frames last time out.

Closer to home, the Cal Ripken League is filled with Terps. Coming off a stellar freshman campaign, outfielder Marty Costes continued to hit this summer with the North Division champion Baltimore Redbirds. He led the team in homers (7) and RBI (24), ranking third in the league in the former, while hitting .319. Four Terps pitched for the Redbirds, including Hunter Parsons, who led the league in wins (6) and strikeouts (44), while ranking second in ERA (1.41). Sophomore left-hander Andrew Miller served mostly as a reliever this summer, making 13 appearances (one start) and posting a 2.37 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. Mike Rescigno, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants (25th round) in June but elected not to sign, was brilliant out of the bullpen as well, striking out 19 in 15.2 innings, with a magnificent 1.14 ERA. Incoming freshman Tyler Blohm was also drafted this June (Baltimore Orioles, 17th round) but chose to attend Maryland instead. This summer he posted a 1-0 record with a 2.07 ERA in seven games (four starts).

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Justin Morris (center) helped bring the Bethesda Big Train their first CRCBL championship since 2011.

Down the road in Montgomery County, catcher/first baseman Justin Morris shined for the league-champion Bethesda Big Train, hitting .287 with 10 doubles, 25 RBI, and a team-high four triples. John Murphy and Peyton Sorrels, however, did not enjoy the same success Morris did in Bethesda. Murphy showed flashes of brilliance but pitched to a 4.71 ERA in seven starts, while Sorrels hit .156 with 6 RBI in 45 at bats.

While Morris impressed with the Big Train, two other Terps’ catchers did the same with the nearby Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. Nick Cieri hit .301 with 24 RBI and a team-high 5 long balls, and incoming freshman Ty Friedrich hit .351 in 37 at-bats. Tayler Stiles pitched only one game, allowing one run over five innings pitched, but teammate Jared Price turned in a solid summer, posting a 3.55 ERA in 12 relief appearances.

Senior utilityman Pat Hisle struggled to get anything going with the Gaithersburg Giants, as he finished the summer with a .221 average and 16 RBI, although he did throw a scoreless inning on the mound. His teammates, Nick Pantos and Truman Thomas also had mixed seasons pitching for the Giants. Pantos, an incoming freshman, made nine appearances (four starts) and owned a respectable 3.53 ERA, but struggled with his control (17 walks, 17 strikeouts). Thomas started off the summer hot, with a 2.82 ERA through his first four starts, but did not finish strong, as he ended up with a 5.91 ERA over 35 innings pitched.

Of the 15 Terps in the Cal Ripken League, seven (Costes, Rescigno, Parsons, Blohm, Morris, Cieri, Price) were named to the All-Star team.

In the nearby Valley League, Andrew Green has struggled for the Purcellville Cannons, with a 6.88 ERA and 2.18 WHIP in 13 games.

Zach Jancarski (right) made the NECBL All-Star Game as a member of the Sanford Mainers.

Going back up the coast, Zach Jancarski and Jamal Wade both put together nice summers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Jancarski, playing for the Sanford Mainers, hit .288 with 10 doubles, 27 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases (good for second in the league). Meanwhile, Wade made an impact with the Keene Swamp Bats on both sides of the field. In 72 at bats, he posted a .278 average and 11 RBI. Additionally, he returned to the mound for the first time since high school, tossing 11 innings as a reliever with an impressive 1.58 ERA and 22 strikeouts.

With the Amsterdam Mohawks of the Perfect Game League, right-hander Cameron Enck set a league record with his 0.39 ERA. In nine games (eight starts) he threw 46 innings, allowing just two earned runs while striking out 24. His battery-mate Dan Maynard has not found the same success, however, hitting just .185 with 16 RBI in 35 games.

In the Alaskan League, AJ Lee has rebounded nicely after a slow start to the summer. The infielder has hit .255 with 20 runs scored in 35 games. His Mat-Su Miners teammate, Madison Nickens, remains glacially cold, hitting just .150 in 18 games.



Nick Dunn enjoying early success in Cape League

By Jake Eisenberg

On the heels of a Freshman All-American season that saw him lead the Terps in batting average and hits, Nick Dunn is continuing his success in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

The second baseman is playing for the Brewster Whitecaps, one of ten teams in the league. Although the Whitecaps have played just three games, Dunn has already shined, both in the field and at the plate. While the freshman went 0-4 in the season opener, he has gone 7-10 since, bringing his average on the season to .500 (7-14).

Dunn has put together back-to-back three-hit ballgames. The first came against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, the team Maryland shortstop Kevin Smith is playing for this summer. Dunn went 3-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, helping Brewster to an 11-6 win.. The following afternoon, Dunn reached base five times in his six at-bats. He went 4-5 with a walk, scoring three runs scored and notching one RBI in 14-6 victory over the Chatham Anglers.

MBN spoke to Dunn before his game against Chatham.

Rob Galligan drafted in 36th Round by Arizona Diamondacks

By Jake Eisenberg

Terps southpaw Rob Galligan became the second Terp to be drafted this afternoon—and third to be selected in the 2016 MLB Draft—when he was selected in the 36th round (1079th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Over his last two seasons, Galligan emerged as a stalwart presence in the bullpen, appearing in a team-high 27 games in 2015 and tied for a team-high 26 appearances in 2016.

The southpaw’s 2015 season was his best, tossing 62.1 innings—the most of any pitcher other than Mike Shawaryn—and posting a 2.74 ERA and a .219 opponent’s batting average.

Photo by: Alexander Jonesi

The highlights of Galligan’s five-year career pitching for Maryland came during the 2015 postseason. In the first game against top-seeded UCLA in the 2015 Los Angeles Regional, he tossed 4.1 shutout innings—allowing just one hit—to earn the win. During the Super Regionals, Galligan pitched a memorable 7.2 innings to keep the Terps in the ballgame against the eventual champion Virginia Cavaliers. The appearance was a de facto start, as he took over for RHP Ryan Selmer after just 0.1 innings. He would exit the game with the bases loaded after throwing 114 pitches—his most in any one outing. While he was charged with all three runs in the frame, it was his effort that gave the Terps a chance.

He finishes his Maryland career with a 4-9 record and 3.47 ERA in 67 appearances (three starts). His appearance total is ranked in the top-15 in Terps history. Galligan struck out 81 batters in 96 total innings.

Galligan joins RHPs Mike Shawaryn and Mike Rescigno as draftees this year.

Maryland Draft Preview: RHP Mike Shawaryn

By: Matt Present and Jon Lewis

Ht: 6’3″        Wt: 211        Year: Jr.

Hometown (HS): Carneys Point, NJ (Gloucester Catholic HS)

2016 Stats

GS: 15    IP: 99.0    ERA: 3.18     K/9: 8.8       BB/9: 2.4     H/9: 6.3

Photo by Hannah Evans/MBN
Photo by Hannah Evans/MBN

The day the entire University of Maryland baseball faithful has been dreading: the all-time wins leader in University of Maryland baseball history, and the revered ‘Unicorn’ is now draft-eligible. He has won numerous awards, his name is cemented in the Maryland record books, and anyone who knows of Mike Shawaryn knows what this kid has meant to the Maryland baseball program. Shawaryn has a prototypical starting pitcher’s build: tall, strong lower half, and durable with room to add a bit more to his already strong frame. His arm-angle is a bit unorthodox, he features a sub-¾ arm angle, which has dropped even a bit below that in recent years. His combination of a plus fastball with arm-side run and his sweeping slider make for a very elite two-pitch mix. Throwing in a solid-average change-up makes for a potential middle of the rotation type in the big leagues.

Arsenal: fastball (89-93 MPH), slider, changeup

Pros: His fastball and slider are a great 1-2 punch, low opponents batting average, has pitched and thrived in many big games

Cons: Has logged a lot of innings, unconventional arm slot

Present: Shawaryn is considered by many to be the best pitcher in school history. He finished his Terps career with 307 strikeouts setting school bests in a season (2015) and  a career. When Shawaryn can command his fastball in and get hitters to chase the slider down and away he is nearly unhittable. While duplicating a 1.71 ERA from 2015 was nearly impossible, when Shawaryn ran into trouble this season it was when he was unable to establish the inside fastball, and instead left it up and over the plate. While those starts in the middle of the season may have resulted in his draft stock slipping, his 16 strikeout performance in the Big Ten Tournament should put any concern about Shawaryn’s dominance to rest. Shawaryn projects to being an ace of a rotation as a guy who can get a lot of punchouts as well as work deep into ballgames.

Photo by Hannah Evans/MBN

Lewis: It is where that fastball velocity maintains itself into starts that will be key for Shawaryn moving forward.  He has logged an immense amount of innings over the past three years, including a tour with the United States National team last summer featuring some of the most elite draft-eligible talent, including: consensus first-rounders AJ Puk and Buddy Reed. Over the summer, Shawaryn’s FB topped at 95mph, however in his 2016 campaign, Shawaryn was more in the 91-93 range.

Photo by Alexander Joensi

While his fastball in 2016 was a bit short, on the surface his results appear congruently less dominant than they had been in his prior two years.  If you really dig into the stats, however, some would argue his stats were just as good as they have been. While his W-L record and ERA were not up to his usual level of excellence, his peripheral stats scream elite.  He had a 0.96 WHIP over 99 innings, averaging 8.8 K/9, a 3.73 K/BB ratio, and a paltry .195 opponents batting average.  Going into 2016, Shawaryn was thought of a mid-late first rounder with steam to possibly tick into a top 10 slot, but after a rocky start to the year, he has dropped out of many pundits’ top 100 overall draft prospects, with college RHPs Justin Dunn (Boston College) and Cody Sedlock (Illinois) rising into the range where Shawaryn had been at the onset of the year. A team that values sabermetrics and isn’t overly concerned about Shawaryn’s 3-year workload or his unorthodox arm-angle could draft Shawaryn pretty early on in day two.  

20/80 Scale (50 is Big League average)

Fastball: 60      Slider: 55-60      Changeup: 50      Command: 55       Overall: 55

Range: Rounds 2-4

* Matt Present did play-by-play for the Maryland Terrapins in 2015 and 2016.

* Jon Lewis is a former college baseball player and provided color analysis on MBN broadcasts in 2015. He is pursuing a career in professional scouting.

To view all the Terps’ Draft Previews, click here.

Maryland Draft Preview: C Nick Cieri

By: Matt Present and Jon Lewis

Ht: 6’3″       Wt: 240           Class: Jr.             Bats / Throws: L / R

Hometown: Hainesport, NJ (Rancocas Valley Regional HS)

2016 Stats

AB: 180          Slash Line: .262 / .379 / .367          HR: 3       RBI: 29        K-Rate: 11%

Nick Cieri came to College Park as a highly touted athlete with very solid hitting tools.  Cieri, was taken as a 32nd rounder by the San Francisco Giants out of Rancocas Valley HS in South Jersey.  Cieri, who played infield for the majority of his high school career, transitioned to catcher as a senior in high school and was drafted by the Giants as such.  

Nick Cieri is off to a hot start on summer ball's biggest stage. Photo: Alexander Jonesi
Photo by Alexander Jonesi

In 2014, Cieri split time behind the dish and as the team’s DH and put up decent numbers.  In 2015,  Cieri broke his hamate bone and missed a good chunk of the year, but was able to make 37 starts, 31 as the team’s DH and 6 behind the dish as Kevin Martir (2015 18th Round, HOU) was in the midst of an All-American year behind the plate. Cieri flashed some of that raw hit ability, hitting a solid .299 albeit with only 5 extra base hits.  

It was the summer of 2015 that was absolutely vital for Cieri.  Invited to play in the prestigious Cape Cod League, Cieri had a breakout campaign facing some of the nation’s best pitchers with a wood bat in his hand amassing a .319 batting average.  Another key for Cieri was his ability to stick behind the dish last summer to hone his catch-and-throw skills while catching some of the nation’s elite pitchers.  Cieri performed well enough to be named the starting catcher for the West team in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game.  However, his lack of extra-base pop again would be a theme, as he only amassed one extra base hit in his 91 regular-season at bats.

Coach John Szefc and junior Nick Cieri talk before Cieri's at bat 5/7/16 Hannah Evans/Maryland Baseball Network
Photo By Hannah Evans/MBN

A very solid offensive Cape season at a premier defensive position created some draft helium for Cieri, where he was ranked in Perfect Game USA’s and Baseball America’s top 500 prospects coming into the year.   The 2016 season was a bit of a struggle for Cieri with the stick, as he hit to a tune of a .249/.362/.375 line. However, Cieri was able to amass 13 extra base hits, including three home runs, and walked more than he struck out.  

Pros: Great plate discipline, good power

Cons: Not a great arm, poor speed

Present: While Ceiri did not have a great 2016 campaign, he did end the year on a high note, going 7-12, with a double, home run, and three walks in the Big Ten Tournament. The walk numbers are really something that stands out, for Cieri. He led the team with 31 free passes, and was really good at pitch identification, and strike zone discipline all season long, even when the hits weren’t falling. That’s a valuable asset that shouldn’t go unnoticed. I have a feeling teams will put more stock in his potential than in his 2016 numbers, and judging by his size and how hard he swings, the power numbers will come. However, Cieri threw out just two runners in 24 chances this season, so the defensive concerns that surround him might make him a later round selection.

Junior Nick Cieri reaches to tag a Purdue player out 4/24/26 Hannah Evans/Maryland Baseball Network
Photo by Hannah Evans/MBN

Lewis: Cieri is a big bodied guy with below average speed and concerns as to whether he will be able to stick behind the dish for the long term, and lack of an in-game track record in regards to his raw power.  His draft stock is contingent on a multitude of things:  Can he stick behind the dish?  Will evaluators be able to put a tough spring 2016 in the rear-view mirror, and remember the Cieri who hit .319 in the Cape?  Do scouts believe he can tap into his raw power? If scouts believe he can stick behind the plate, his hit tool stands out, and Cieri could hear his name called in the middle rounds.  If scouts are less convinced he can catch and is forced to move over to first-base, Cieri’s lack of in-game pop will prove to hinder his draft stock.

Range: Mid- Late (20-30)

20-80 Scale (50 is Big League average)

Hit: 55       Power: 40         Field: 45       Throw: 35        Run: 20          Overall: 40

* Matt Present did play-by-play for the Maryland Terrapins in 2015 and 2016

* Jon Lewis is a former college baseball player and provided color analysis on MBN broadcasts in 2015. He is pursuing a career in professional scouting.

To view all the Terps’ Draft Previews, click here.

Maryland Draft Preview: RHP Mike Rescigno

By: Matt Present and Jon Lewis

Ht: 6’1″        Wt: 218        Year: JR
Hometown (HS): Monmouth Beach, NJ (Red Bank Catholic HS)

2016 Stats

GP: 23     IP: 19.1    ERA: 5.59      K/9: 10.7       BB/9: 5.1    H/9: 12.1

Photo by Hannah Evans/MBN
Photo by Hannah Evans/MBN

Mike Rescigno was a power-hitting 3B and closer for one of New Jersey’s Shore Conference perennial powers: Red Bank Catholic.  Originally arriving to College Park as a two-way guy, Rescigno saw most of his time in 2014 as a 1B/ DH against left-handed pitchers.  While, he had a respectable freshman campaign with the stick (.241 BA), the coaching staff became fully committed to making Rescigno a full-time reliever post-2014.

Rescigno was a bit buried in his first season as a full-time relief pitcher with the immense depth the 2015 pitching staff had (see: Ryan Selmer), but after seeing his relief outing against Towson University at Ripken Stadium late in the 2015 season, it was clear to see this kid had a future on the hill.  He topped at 93 mph that day, with a very tight over-the-top curveball.  That two-pitch mix screamed a formidable high-leverage option as 2016 approached.

In the summer of 2015, Rescigno pitched for the Bethesda Big Train program in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL), and his stats were every bit dominant.  He pitched to a 1.68 ERA, with a 0.875 WHIP, allowing a paltry 0.25 H/9, and dominant 9.56 K/9.  With a summer this strong, Rescigno was primed to take on a larger role in the Maryland bullpen.

Arsenal: Fastball (91-94 mph), curveball

Pros: Good velocity, strikeout pitcher

Cons: Not a lot of movement, high opponents batting average

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Photo by Hannah Evans/MBN
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Photo by Hannah Evans/MBN

Present: Rescigno is the type of pitcher scouts get their radar gun out for. While he isn’t a big guy, he is able to get a lot of zip on his fastball, and his big breaking curveball makes him a guy who can get a lot of strikeouts out of the bullpen. While Rescigno can be dominant at times when he mixes his pitches well, the lack of movement on his fastball puts a premium on location. If he leaves the ball out over the plate he’s going to get hit hard, and his walk numbers are a little higher than he’d like. Bottom line, the life on his fastball is enough for a team to take a chance on him in the mid-late rounds.

Lewis: Rescigno’s 2016 numbers were not pretty and do not reflect the type of talent Rescigno truly has.  His 10.7 K/9, however, is a statistic scouts love to see from a late-inning relief type, and validate the type of stuff Rescigno possesses. Rescigno is a well-built 6’1’’ RHP with a very repeatable delivery; he flashes over-the-top arm action with a fastball that peaks at 94 MPH and customarily sits between 92-93 mph, with a power curveball that flashes 12-6 type of action.  A team that likes what they saw from Rescigno last summer, and doesn’t take much stock into his 2016 numbers may draft Rescigno in the mid rounds of this year’s draft.  Probably, the most desirable trait about Rescigno is his fresh arm (he hasn’t logged many innings the past few years) and he is relatively new to pitching full-time.  The aforementioned coupled with his clean delivery and 94 MPH fastball make for a pretty intriguing prospect.

20/80 Scale (50 is Big League average)

Fastball: 60      Curveball: 50       Command: 40       Overall: 45 

Range: Mid-late (Rounds 20-35)

* Matt Present did play-by-play for the Maryland Terrapins in 2015 and 2016

* Jon Lewis is a former college baseball player and provided color analysis on MBN broadcasts in 2015. He is pursuing a career in professional scouting.

To view all the Terps’ Draft Previews, click here.

Maryland Draft Preview: RHP Ryan Selmer

By: Matt Present and Jon Lewis

Ht: 6’8″        Wt: 215        Year: SO (R)
Hometown (HS): Beltsville, MD (Riverdale Baptist HS)

2016 Stats

GP: 27     IP: 37.1    ERA: 4.33      K/9: 6.0       BB/9: 3.6    H/9: 8.4

Ryan Selmer joined the team as a very late addition to the 2014 roster, beginning his time in College Park during the second semester of his freshman year.  He took that as a redshirt season, and has been a fixture in the bullpen in 2015 and 2016.

In 2015, Selmer combined with Kevin Mooney (15th Round, WSH 2015), Alex Robinson (5th Round, MIN 2015), Zach Morris (26th Round, PHI 2015), and Robert Galligan to form one of the most formidable bullpens in college baseball. This bullpen was one of the key ingredients to the super-regional run the Terps were able to make last season; including notable wins against UCLA.  Selmer’s 2015 stats were very formidable 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA. However, his 3.1 K/9 doesn’t scream dominant, especially for a man of Selmer’s stature.  In 2016, Selmer’s ERA ballooned a bit to 4.50, but his peripheral stats were solid: a 1.29 WHIP, and a much better 5.59 K/9.

Arsenal: fastball (88-92 MPH), slider, changeup

Pros: Lots of arm side run on his fastball, ability to get ground balls

Cons: Low velocity for a 6’8 frame, not a strikeout pitcher

Ryan Selmer joins a host of Terps playing in the Ripken League this summer. (Photo: Alexander Jonesi)
Ryan Selmer pitching in 2015.
(Photo: Alexander Jonesi)

Present: Selmer’s ability to get ground balls makes him a very appealing bullpen arm, and he has demonstrated his versatility, as a guy who has the stamina to pitch multiple innings. The ground balls are a product of his low arm angle, which makes the ball dip down and in on a right handed batter. While he doesn’t throw as hard as his height suggests, a low 90s fastball with movement is better than a straight fastball at 96. Selmer isn’t a guy who has scouts flocking to the stadium, but I think his size is an intangible that will convince a team to take a flyer on him in the later rounds, and hope that they can help him develop more strikeout stuff, or turn him into the more prototypical hard throwing right hander.

Lewis: Selmer is every bit of the listed 6’8’’ frame, and has plenty of room to fill out his currently lanky frame, which certainly should have scouts salivating. Selmer’s mechanics are a bit unorthodox, he does not really utilize his lower body in his delivery, and still manages to throw 88-91 from a cross-fire delivery with solid command living at the knees for the most part.  He screams a mechanical overhaul and work in progress, but his frame, ability to command the zone, and present velocity should inspire professional teams to give this kid a look.

20/80 Scale (50 is Big League average)

Fastball: 50     Slider: 35    Changeup: 30    Command: 45     Overall: 40 

Range: Late (30-40)

* Matt Present did play-by-play for the Maryland Terrapins in 2015 and 2016

* Jon Lewis is a former college baseball player and provided color analysis on MBN broadcasts in 2015. He is pursuing a career in professional scouting.

To view all the Terps’ Draft Previews, click here.

Terps set to start playing summer ball

By Jake Eisenberg

While the 2016 season is over, 29 Terps will continue playing this summer for various summer teams. Below is the full chart of each player, with which team they’re playing for, and the league in which the team plays. Throughout the summer, we’ll provide bi-weekly updates on the Terps’ summer ball activities.

Name Team League
AJ Lee Mat- Su Miners Alaskan League
Madison Nickens Mat- Su Miners Alaskan League
Tyler Brandon Baltimore Dodgers Cal Ripken League
Andrew Miller Baltimore Redbirds Cal Ripken League
Hunter Parsons Baltimore Redbirds Cal Ripken League
Marty Costes Baltimore Redbirds Cal Ripken League
Mike Rescigno Baltimore Redbirds Cal Ripken League
Tyler Blohm* Baltimore Redbirds Cal Ripken League
John Murphy Bethesda Big Train Cal Ripken League
Justin Morris Bethesda Big Train Cal Ripken League
Peyton Sorrels Bethesda Big Train Cal Ripken League
Zach Guth Bethesda Big Train Cal Ripken League
Nick Pantos* Gaithersburg Giants Cal Ripken League
Pat Hisle Gaithersburg Giants Cal Ripken League
Truman Thomas Gaithersburg Giants Cal Ripken League
Nick Cieri Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts Cal Ripken League
Ty Friedrich* Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts Cal Ripken League
Tayler Stiles Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts Cal Ripken League
Jared Price Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts Cal Ripken League
Nick Dunn Brewster Whitecaps Cape Cod League
Ryan Selmer Wareham Gateman Cape Cod League
Kevin Smith Y-D Red Sox Cape Cod League
Kevin Biondic Southern Ohio Copperheads Great Lakes League
Jamal Wade Keene Swamp Bats New England Collegiate Baseball League
Zach Jancarski Sanford Mainers New England Collegiate Baseball League
Cameron Enck Amsterdam Mohawks Perfect Game League
Danny Maynard Amsterdam Mohawks Perfect Game League
Andrew Bechtold Charlottesville Tom Sox Valley League
Andrew Green Percerville Cannons Valley League
Kengo Kawahara Staunton Braves Valley League

*incoming freshman



Youth, Continuity, Yield Bright Future for Terps

By: Matt Present

Down big in the late innings against Iowa, Head Coach John Szefc wanted to make sure every player on his roster got to experience Omaha. Not only did he want them to play in the final game of the season, but he wanted them to get a taste of the moment, because soon enough that moment will be theirs.

For many of the younger players their time had already come. The entire infield for the Terps this season was made up of underclassmen. In fact the only upperclassmen that were penciled into Szefc’s lineup this season were redshirt senior Anthony Papio, and juniors Nick Cieri and Madison Nickens.

Of the eight pitchers who toed the slab in the Terps final game, seven were underclassmen, with redshirt senior Rob Galligan representing the lone exception.

Senior Rob Galligan pumps up the team pregame. Photo by Hannah Evans/MBN

With eight players departing to the MLB draft last season, and a couple other mainstays graduating, for the Terps to make it back to the NCAA tournament the younger players were going to have to shoulder the load.

The operative word for the season was ‘inconsistent.’ The weekend rotation often dominated but there were times that the bullpen failed to match their efforts. There were games where the bats came alive and put up double digits in runs, and other games where solid contact was few and far between. While the Terps reached 30 wins for the fifth consecutive season, their results too lacked consistency. The Terps rattled off good wins against Alabama, Tennessee, Southesastern Louisiana, Cal State Fullerton, and a swept VCU. However each one of those quality wins could be countered with a bad loss, at the hands of Delaware (twice), Liberty, George Washington, and Rutgers (twice).

But 2017 means an extra year for so many young contributes to grow, a chance for an inexperienced team to morph into a veteran squad, and for inconsistent to turn into dominant.

The weekend rotation of Brian Shaffer, Taylor Bloom, and Hunter Parsons projects to be the best in the Big Ten. Shaffer and Bloom combined to toss eight complete games this season, both posted sub-3.00 ERAs, and both started more games than the number of walks they allowed. Meanwhile, Parsons showed a lot of promise as a freshmen. He earned Big Ten freshman of the week, after his seven innings of one run ball against James Madison on April 6. He followed it up with a spot start win against Purdue, where he allowed two earned runs in six innings, and a tough luck loss to West Virginia where he allowed one earned run in six innings of work.

On the offensive side of the ball this season two other freshmen led the charge, in Marty Costes and Nick Dunn.

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Freshman Marty Costes homers against Purdue 4/23/16. Photo by Hannah Evans/MBN

Costes quickly established himself as the Terps everyday left fielder, despite playing only infield at Archbishop Curley, as a three sport athlete. He led the team with nine home runs, including moon shots at East Carolina and Cal State Fullerton, and his 37 RBI also led the team. Dunn started all 57 games at second base this season, and did a nice job to fill the large shoes of Brandon Lowe. Dunn led the team with a .296 batting average and 16 doubles. He also added 31 RBI, good for second on the squad.

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Freshman Nick Dunn thows to first vs Illinois 5/7/16.Photo By Hannah Evans/MBN

While there are still roles to be filled in the bullpen and weekday rotation, the continuity that will exist in the starting lineup next season will provide much needed stability. Coupled with the weekend rotation, the Terps can once again set their sights on the 40 win mark that they achieved in 2014 and 2015.

Eclipsing that 40 win plateau would mean a return to the NCAA tournament. It could also mean that those players who were brought in at the end of the Big Ten Tournament just to ‘get some experience,’ are once again toeing the slab at TD Ameritrade Park, this time playing under the lights, in the College World Series.

Terps not selected to play in NCAA Tournament, season ends

By Jake Eisenberg

The Terps were not selected to play in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, thus ending Maryland’s season. The Terps finish 2016 with a record of 30-27. It’s the fifth-straight season Maryland eclipses 30 wins, and fourth-straight season for head coach John Szefc. He is the first coach in Maryland history to win 30 or more games in four-straight seasons.

Maryland made the Field of 64 each of the last two seasons as an at-large bid, each year advancing to the Super Regional before losing to Virginia.

The 2016 NCAA Tournament bracket. For an interactive version, click here.


Heading into the Big Ten Tournament, the Terps looked like a team on the fringe of the national conversation, but ultimately on the wrong side of the bubble. A stronger showing in the Big Ten Tournament—likely a Big Ten Tournament Final appearance—may have swayed the conversation and been enough to put the Terps in the Field of 64 for the third straight season. But, after a 2-2 performance in Omaha, Neb., a berth for Maryland, while not impossible, was unlikely.

The Terps finished ranked 59th in RPI, and had a resume bolstered by a tough schedule. Maryland played the 24th hardest schedule in the country, including the sixth-toughest non-conference schedule. Overall, Maryland went a combined 17-15 against RPI top-100 teams. However, the Terps finished sixth (13-11) in the Big Ten Conference—a conference ranked 7th in overall RPI.

Maryland faced seven teams in the Field of 64 during the 2016 season: Rhode Island, Southeastern Louisiana, East Carolina, Bryant, Cal St. Fullerton, Ohio State and Minnesota. The Terps went a combined 11-6 against those teams, including series wins over Rhode Island, Bryant, Cal St. Fullerton and Ohio State.

The Big Ten will send three teams to the tournament, Ohio State—which won the Big Ten Tournament an automatic bid—Minnesota, the Big Ten Regular Season Champion, and Nebraska, which earns an at-large bid despite an early exit from the Big Ten Tournament.

The Terps struggled with consistency throughout the season, struggling at times to fill the offensive and bullpen holes left by Brandon Lowe, Kevin Martir, Jose Cuas, LaMonte Wade, Kevin Mooney, Alex Robinson, Zach Morris and Jake Drossner. Maryland will not have the same issue in 2017, as LHP Rob Galligan and OF Anthony Papio are the only two departing seniors, and RHP Mike Shawaryn figures to be the only Terp lost to the MLB Draft. The Terps figure to return seven of eight starting position players and should be favorites in the Big Ten Conference come next season.