Preseason Countdown: Jared Price, #9

Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks 10 days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #9, Jared Price.

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Year: Redshirt Senior

Position: Pitcher

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6’3″ / 240 lbs.

Hometown: Mohnton, Pa.

Previous School: Twin Valley High School

2016 Spring Stats: 2 G, 0-0, 1 IP, 1 R, 9.00 ERA

2016 Summer Stats (Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League): 1-1, 3.55 ERA, 12.2 IP, 12 SO, 4 SV

About Jared: An injury sidelined Price for nearly the entire 2016 season but the redshirt senior had a nice summer in the Cal Ripken League, recording four saves and appearing in 10 games. Price, who was drafted by the New York Mets out of high school, has worked on improving his velocity after shoulder surgery in the fall of 2014. In the 2015, Price made 11 appearances, pitched 8.1 innings and allowed six runs. Looking to wrap up his collegiate career with a consistent, healthy season, Price will attempt to find his spot in a bullpen that features Mike Rescigno and Ryan Selmer.

Preseason Countdown: Justin Morris, #10

Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks 10 days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #10, Justin Morris.

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C Justin Morris

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Year: Junior

Position: Catcher

Bats/Throws: L/R

Height/Weight: 6’2″ / 215 lbs.

Hometown: Edgewater, Md.

Previous School: Dematha Catholic High School

2016 Spring Stats: .194 (20-for-103), 5 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 9 R, .297 OBP, .301 SLG

2016 Summer Stats (Bethesda Big Train, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League): .287 (35-for-122), 10 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 22 R, .414 OBP, .459 SLG

About Justin: Justin Morris established himself as one of the team’s primary catchers during the 2016 season, making 34 starts and 41 total appearances. He struggled at the plate, hitting below .200, but made up for it on the defensive side, throwing out 38 percent (12-of-32) of would-be base-stealers. Over the summer, Morris blossomed at the plate with the Cal Ripken League’s Bethesda Big Train, hitting .287 with 10 doubles and 25 RBI in 35 games, while leading the team with four triples. He showed his versatility in the field as well, making starts behind the plate, at first base, and in left and right field. This season, he figures to get a bulk of the starts behind the plate thanks to his defensive prowess and experience with the pitching staff, while looking to build on his strong offensive summer.

2017 Season Preview: Relief Pitchers

Yesterday, we broke down the Big Ten conference as a whole and spoke to head coach John Scefc and shortstop Kevin Smith at media day. Today, 10 days before Maryland’s season-opener, we’ll take a look at the Terrapin bullpen.

The Terps will be without their leader in appearances from a year ago, Robert Galligan, who graduated after a season during which he appeared in a team-high 27 games.

However, aside from Galligan, Maryland is returning the majority of its bullpen from the 2016 season.

Returning many crucial members of the bullpen will help Szefc and pitching coach Ryan Fecteau continue using a committee of arms to close games.

“I don’t think you need to designate a closer with this team; I think you have multiple options,” Fecteau said on the Maryland Baseball Network podcast. “I think these guys are capable of pitching two [or] three innings on a given day. We just have to be smart with not using them too often if we’re going to get multiple innings out of them.”

The Bullpen:

RHP Mike Rescigno
RHP Mike Rescigno

Right-hander Mike Rescigno is coming off a tremendous summer with the Baltimore Redbirds of the Cal Ripken league and has impressed everyone in the offseason. The senior from Monmouth Beach, NJ appeared in 13 games, pitched 15.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs over the summer. Last year Rescigno allowed 12 earned runs in 19.1 innings, but appeared in 23 games, the third-most of any Maryland pitcher. His efforts were rewarded this past year when the San Francisco Giants drafted him in the 36th round of the MLB Draft. However, Rescigno opted to return to College Park for his senior season. He was recently named the top player on Perfect Game’s senior draft prospect list.

RHP Ryan Selmer
RHP Ryan Selmer

Right-hander Ryan Selmer joins Rescigno in the bullpen as one of Szefc’s top relievers. Selmer, who will likely see time in critical late-game situations in 2017, spent the summer with Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League, working on improving his ground ball efficiency. The redshirt junior has led the Terps in appearances the past two seasons, appearing in 27 games a year ago and throwing 37.1 innings, a mark that also led all relievers. He led the team in saves with four and held opponents to a .240 average.

RHP Andrew Green
RHP Andrew Green

Andrew Green is another reliable option in Maryland’s bullpen this season that has been working on an unconventional pitching delivery this offseason. Not only has he been practicing a submarine delivery (below), but in recent practices, Green has pitched from over-the-top and submarine against the same batter, similar to Coastal Carolina’s Andrew Beckwith. Green is looking to build on a sophomore season in which he struck out 12 batters in 13 relief appearances.

RHP Ryan Hill
RHP Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill will also see action as a late-inning option for the Terps. One of three transfers on the roster, and the only transfer pitcher, the junior right-hander comes to Maryland from after two strong seasons at Grayson College in Denison, Texas. Hill posted a 2.29 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 39.1 innings (12.13 K/9 innings) last season for the Grayson Vikings.

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LHP Andrew Miller

The Terps also have a duo of left-handers that will compete for time out of the ‘pen. Andrew Miller had a strong summer with the Baltimore Redbirds of the Cal Ripken league, as he allowed just eight earned runs in 30.1 innings. Miller’s repertoire includes a fastball that reaches the low 90s, a changeup and a slider. Tayler Stiles, who has spent time as a starter with the Terrapins, may find himself a crucial southpaw piece of the bullpen on weekends. He finished the 2016 season with a 2-3 record and a 6.23 ERA.

LHP Tayler Stiles
LHP Tayler Stiles

Head coach John Szefc, shortstop Kevin Smith discuss season expectations at media day

Despite missing the 2016 NCAA Tournament after two straight trips to the Super Regionals, Maryland head coach John Szefc built a foundation for success that has already culminated into something tangible.

Last season, Szefc led a Maryland squad that included 14 freshmen, and regularly saw six or more underclassmen in the starting lineup. The youth made expectations for a third straight Super Regional appearance lofty, but not out of the realm of possibility.

However, the Terps finished the season at 30-27, clinching a spot in the Big Ten Tournament on the final day of the season and eventually reaching the Big Ten Tournament semifinal. But, the 27 losses, including key falters against lower-tier midweek opponents, proved to be too big to overcome to get off the bubble for the NCAA Tournament.

“I think that was a fair reason for all the ups and downs we had,” Szefc said at Maryland’s spring media availability Monday.

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Head coach John Szefc and junior shortstop Kevin Smith at Maryland spring availability.

A year later, and those 14 freshmen are now sophomores, including 2016 Freshman All-Americans second baseman Nick Dunn, and outfielder Marty Costes.

Additionally, 2016 contributors and sophomores shortstop Kevin Smith, first baseman Kevin Biondic, catcher Justin Morris, outfielder Zach Jancarski, and starting pitchers Brian Shaffer and Taylor Bloom are now upperclassmen leaders.

“We have a lot more experienced guys,” Smith said. “We have a lot of guys that can be leaders when they want to and police ourselves that way.”

College baseball analysts are bullish on the Terps coming into this season, putting the Terps in the top-25 in three different preseason polls, thanks to that new mix of youth and experience.

Smith has received the most offseason recognition of anyone on the Maryland roster. The shortstop was named a First-Team Preseason All-American by Baseball America and Perfect Game, and a Third-Team Preseason All-American by D1Baseball.com, all on the heels of being ranked the No. 11 draft prospect by D1Baseball, earning Cape Cod Baseball League LCS MVP honors with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, and being named the Summer Breakout Prospect by D1Baseball.com.

Add what Szefc calls “one of the deeper pitching staffs” the program has seen, and it’s a roster that could lead the Terps back to the NCAA Tournament.

“It’s one of the deeper pitching staffs we’ve had,” Szefc said. “That’s kind of a weird thing to day having lost [Mike] Shawaryn, who is the most successful pitcher in program history but being able to bring back two pitchers that had more starts that walks last year [Taylor Bloom, Brian Shaffer] is a rare thing in college baseball. Hunter Parsons was the pitcher of the year in the Cal Ripken League this summer and the freshman left-hander we have— Tyler Blohm—he’s progressed at a faster rate than almost any other guy I’ve been around.”

As a senior at nearby Archbishop Spalding, Blohm boasted a 0.74 ERA, and flourished in the Cal Ripken League this summer to the tune of 26 strikeouts in 26 innings his first time facing collegiate competition.

The bullpen also returns key pieces as RHP Mike Rescigno, a San Fransisco Giants-draftee in the 2016 MLB Draft, returns to Maryland as Perfect Game’s No. 1 senior prospect after a head-turning summer campaign with the Baltimore Redbirds in the Cal Ripken League. He joins RHP Ryan Selmer, who, like Smith and Dunn, is coming off a strong summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

“If you want to have a successful year, you have to like what you have on paper before you actually go out there and play the games,” Szefc said. “I can tell you…it is one of the better teams since I’ve been here on paper.”

The start of Maryland’s season is just days away, with the Terps traveling to Clearwater, Fl. for the Clearwater Tournament. Every game this season can be heard live on the Maryland Baseball Network.

Listen to the full media day interview:

[Contributions by Jake Eisenberg]

Preseason Countdown: Danny Maynard, #11

Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks 11 days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #11, Danny Maynard.

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Catcher Danny Maynard

DANNY MAYNARD | 11

Year: Sophomore

Position: Catcher

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 5’10″ / 195 lbs.

Hometown: Burnt Hills, N.Y.

2016 Spring Stats: .306 (11-for-36), 3 2B, 8 RBI, 3 R, .359 OBP, 389 SLG

2016 Summer Stats (Amsterdam Mohawks, Perfect Game League): .185 (20-for-108), 6 2B, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 14 R, .294 OBP, .269 SLG

About Danny: Danny Maynard provided quality at-bats coming off the bench as a freshman, hitting over .300 in 25 games. In his first of six starts last season, he went 2-for-4 with both a run scored and an RBI against George Washington University. He also hit a walk-off RBI single to beat and sweep Ohio State in College Park.

Listen to the call here:

Before Maryland, Maynard was a dual-sport athlete, playing both baseball and football. In addition to batting .436 in his senior season at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Maynard was named MVP in the his high school’s state championship football victory after rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Maynard played in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League this past summer for the Amsterdam Mohawks, where he hit six doubles and a home run, adding 16 RBI’s and 17 walks in 35 games.

2017 Season Preview: Big Ten Conference

With the college baseball season less than two weeks away, it’s time to look forward to the Big Ten season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers finished with the best regular season conference record, but it was the Ohio State Buckeyes who took home the Big Ten Tournament crown.

The Terps finished sixth in the Big Ten, clinching a spot in the Big Ten Tournament on the final day of the season. Maryland then upset No. 3-seed Indiana twice in the Big Ten Tournament, ultimately reaching the semi-finals before falling to Iowa. Despite the strong finish, the Terps missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013. Now, with a wide open conference in 2017, Maryland is the consensus favorite according to both D1Baseball.com and PerfectGame.

Projected Big Ten Finish is displayed as D1 Baseball’s projection followed by Perfect Game’s projection. Teams are ordered according to their projected finish. 


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Maryland

Projected Big Ten Finish: 1st/1st

2016 Record: 30-27 (13-11 B1G)

Key Players Lost: RHP Mike Shawaryn, OF Anthony Papio

Key Returning Players: SS Kevin Smith, 2B Nick Dunn

Despite the loss of Papio, the Terps’ lineup comes back for the 2017 revamped and ready to get back to the postseason. John Szefc’s team returns possibly the best middle infield in the country — Kevin Smith and Nick Dunn — to go along with 2016’s freshman sensation Marty Costes in the middle of the order. On the pitching side, Maryland will be without last year’s ace Mike Shawaryn, but a weekend rotation of Brian Shaffer, Taylor Bloom, and Hunter Parsons should be able to fill in nicely. They will also be able to hand the ball off to a nasty back end of the bullpen, which sports a good combination of power (Mike Rescigno) and finesse (Ryan Selmer).


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Nebraska

Projected Big Ten Finish: 3rd/2nd

2016 Record: 37-22 (16-8 B1G)

Key Players Lost: INF Jake Placzek, INF Steven Reveles

Key Returning Players: OF/LHP Jake Meyers, OF Scott Schreiber

2016 Maryland vs. Nebraska: Did not play

2017 Maryland vs. Nebraska: April 7-9 @ Nebraska

Behind Maryland, Nebraska may be the top contender for the Big Ten title in 2017. The Huskers bring back most of a roster that finished second in the conference in 2016, including two-way star Jake Meyers, who hit .326 at the plate and posted a 1.42 ERA on the mound. Joining Meyers in the lineup again this season is Scott Schreiber, who led the conference in slugging percentage and home runs last season. If Nebraska stays healthy, they can be part of an exciting two-horse race for the top spot in the Big Ten.


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Michigan

Projected Big Ten Finish: 2nd/4th

2016 Record: 36-21 (13-10 B1G)

Key Players Lost: OF Cody Bruder, DH/LHP Carmen Benedetti

Key Returning Players: INF Jake Bivens, LHP Oliver Jaskie

2016 Maryland vs. Michigan: Did not play

2017 Maryland vs. Michigan: March 24-26 @ Maryland

Michigan finished second in batting average and first in on-base percentage in 2016, but the big bats in that powerful offense will not be back in 2017. The Wolverines will be without their entire starting outfield from last season, which included .372 hitter Cody Bruder, .326 hitter Carmen Benedetti, and .298 hitter Matt Ramsay. Along with the lineup turnover, Michigan  is also losing ace Brett Adcock, who allowed opposing hitters to bat only .190 last season. Junior Oliver Jaskie willl have to step up on the mound while junior Jake Bivens will need to pick shoulder the offensive load for the Wolverines in 2017.


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Projected Big Ten Finish: 4th/3rd

2016 Record: 32-24 (15-9 B1G)

Key Players Lost: LHP Caleb Baragar, LHP Kyle Hart

Key Returning Players: OF Craig Dedelow, OF Logan Sowers

2016 Maryland vs. Indiana: 2-0 in Big Ten Tournament

2017 Maryland vs. Indiana: April 28-30 @ Indiana

The 2017 Indiana Hoosiers will bring back almost their entire lineup from 2016. Freshman all-american Luke Miller returns after hitting .282 last season, and will be joined again by outfielders Craig Dedelow and Logan Sowers, who both project to be important contributors in 2017. The issue for Indiana this season will be the pitching staff, which lost its entire weekend rotation and its best reliever from last season. In 2017, the Hoosiers will have to rely on less experienced starters like sophomore Jonathan Stiever for help on the mound.


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Michigan State

Projected Big Ten Finish: 5th/5th

2016 Record: 36-20 (13-11 B1G)

Key Players Lost: IF Jordan Zimmerman, LHP Cam Vieaux

Key Returning Players: 2B Dan Durkin, RHP Ethan Landon

2016 Maryland vs. Michigan State: 2-2 (0-1 in Big Ten Tournament)

2017 Maryland vs. Michigan State: April 21-23 @ Maryland

Michigan State had the best pitching staff ERA in the Big Ten in 2016, but they will be without 2016’s best two performers on the mound in 2017. Cam Vieaux posted the second-best ERA in the conference, while his teammate Dakota Mekkes pitched to a conference-best ERA out of the bullpen. However, the Spartans will return the rest of a staff that allowed a conference-low 19 home runs last season. On offense, Michigan State will be without Jordan Zimmerman, who batted .374 in 2016, but will still bring back a good lineup that can compete in the conference.


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Ohio State

Projected Big Ten Finish: 7th/6th

2016 Record: 44-20 (15-9 B1G)

Key Players Lost: INF Nick Sergakis, OF Ronnie Dawson

Key Returning Players: C/INF Jalen Washington, RHP Seth Kinker

2016 Maryland vs. Ohio State: 3-0

2017 Maryland vs. Ohio State: Not scheduled

Of all of the Big Ten teams, Ohio State may be taking the biggest hit this season. The Buckeyes are losing six of their regular position players from last year’s team, including Nick Sergakis and Ronnie Dawson, who both hit over .330 in 2016. As for the rotation, the Buckeyes will be without their top two starting pitchers from last season, including first-team All-Big Ten selection Tanner Tully. Ohio State does have plenty of freshman coming in who could step into starting roles, but they will be have to prove themselves before the Buckeyes can be considered a true conference contender.


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Illinois

Projected Big Ten Finish: 8th/7th

2016 Record: 28-23 (12-12 B1G) 

Key Players Lost: RHP Cody Sedlock, C Jason Goldstein

Key Returning Players: 1B/OF Pat McInerney, RHP Cole Bellair

2016 Maryland vs. Illinois: 1-2

2017 Maryland vs. Illinois: May 5-7 @ Illinois

After a mediocre 12-12 Big Ten performance last season, Illinois is losing its two most productive players from 2016. Starting pitcher Cody Sedlock moved on to the pros after posting a 2.49 ERA and collecting the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year award last season, while catcher Jason Goldstein was also drafted after a season in which he led the Fighting Illini in batting average and on-base percentage. The Illini will, however, bring back most of the rest of their roster, including 1B/DH Pat McInerney, who slashed .301/.373/.456 last season.


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Minnesota

Projected Big Ten Finish: 6th/9th

2016 Record: 36-21 (16-7 B1G)

Key Players Lost: OF/RHP Matt Fiedler, C Austin Athmann

Key Returning Players: RHP Toby Anderson, INF Micah Coffey

2016 Maryland vs. Minnesota: 1-2

2017 Maryland vs. Minnesota: Not scheduled

After winning the Big Ten regular season title and making the NCAA Tournament in 2016, Minnesota projects to take a substantial step back in 2017. The Golden Gophers are losing four of their top five hitters from last season, including Matt Fiedler, who hit .372 with eight home runs and made 15 starts on the mound. The roster turnover for Minnesota continues into the pitching staff, where they have lost 2016 staff ace Dalton Sawyer and closer Jordan Jess. The Gophers now have seven new true freshman on the roster who may need to step up to keep Minnesota competitive in 2017.


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Iowa

Projected Big Ten Finish: 9th/8th

2016 Record: 30-26 (12-12 B1G)

Key Players Lost: OF Joel Booker, SS Nick Roscetti

Key Returning Players: RHP Nick Gallagher, INF Mason McCoy

2016 Maryland vs. Iowa: 1-3 (0-1 in Big Ten Tournament)

2017 Maryland vs. Iowa: Not scheduled

The middle of the Iowa batting order will look much different in 2017. Its top three hitters, including Big Ten hits leader Joel Booker, have all since graduated and will need to be replaced. Possible early lineup struggles will need to be picked up by a pitching rotation that returns its anchor, Nick Gallagher, in 2017. Gallagher pitched to a 2.57 ERA last season and will be the key piece this season if Iowa wants to make a run back to the Big Ten Championship Game.


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Penn State

Projected Big Ten Finish: 10th/10th

2016 Record: 28-27 (12-12 B1G)

Key Players Lost: 3B Jim Haley, RHP Jack Anderson

Key Returning Players: OF Nick Riotto, RHP Justin Hagenman

2016 Maryland vs. Penn State: 2-1

2017 Maryland vs. Penn State: April 14-16 @ Maryland

Coming off a season in which they were almost perfectly average, the Nittany Lions may be looking at a losing season in 2017. Penn State is losing its three most productive hitters from 2016, including Jim Haley, who hit .315 last season. The Nittany Lions will also feel the losses on the mound, where they will be without their top two starting pitchers last season. Penn State will also miss its 2016 closer Jack Anderson, who’s submarine delivery helped him pick up 13 saves last season. Baseball could make for a not-so-happy Valley in 2017.


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Rutgers

Projected Big Ten Finish: 11th/11th

2016 Record: 27-28 (9-15 B1G)

Key Players Lost: C R.J. Devish, LHP Howie Brey

Key Returning Players: OF Jawuan Harris, OF Tom Marcinczyk

2016 Maryland vs. Rutgers: 1-2

2017 Maryland vs. Rutgers: March 31-April 2 @ Rutgers

Rutgers struggled in 2016, and it won’t get any easier this season. The Scarlet Knights have lost R.J. Devish, who was the conference leader in batting average (.375) and on-base percentage (.524) last season, and Howie Brey, who posted a 3.50 ERA in 14 starts. Despite Rutgers’ struggles last season, they did lead the conference with 121 stolen bases, and outfielder Juwuan Harris picked up a conference-best 37 of them. The Scarlet Knights will have to continue to run if they want to improve in 2017.


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Northwestern

Projected Big Ten Finish: 12th/12th

2016 Record: 15-39 (7-17 B1G)

Key Players Lost: LHP Reed Mason, 1B/OF Zach Jones

Key Returning Players: OF/LHP Matt Hopfner, 3B Connor Lind

2016 Maryland vs. Northwestern: Did not play

2017 Maryland vs. Northwestern: May 12-14 @ Maryland

Northwestern struggled in conference play last season, but they will return most of their offense, and those hitters will have had another offseason to get better. The most important returning hitter is Matt Hopfner, who hit .355 in 2016. On the pitching side, however, things are looking bleak at Northwestern. The Wildcats finished last in the Big Ten in ERA and batting average against last season, and they have since lost their only viable starting pitcher, Reed Mason. It will be tough for Northwestern to get outs in 2017.


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Purdue

Projected Big Ten Finish: 13th/13th

2016 Record: 10-44 (2-22 B1G)

Key Players Lost: OF Kyle Johnson, RHP Matt Frawley

Key Returning Players: C Nick Dalesandro, RHP Tanner Andrews

2016 Maryland vs. Purdue: 2-1

2017 Maryland vs. Purdue: Not scheduled

Coming off of a putrid 2-22 conference record in 2016, Purdue comes into this season with a lot of roster turnover. The Boilermakers will be without last season’s top hitter, Kyle Johnson, who batted .318, and top pitcher, Matt Frawley, who posted a 2.78 ERA. Sporting the second-worst pitching staff and worst offense in the Big Ten in 2016, the Boilermakers have nowhere to go but up.

 

Preseason Countdown: Andrew Miller, #12

Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks 12 days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #12, Andrew Miller.

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LHP Andrew Miller

Year: Sophomore

Position: Pitcher

Bats/Throws: L/L

Height/Weight: 6’2″ / 210 lbs.

Hometown: Stratford, N.J.

Previous School: Sterling High School

2016 Spring Stats: 10 G, 0-0, 11.57 ERA, 7.0 IP, 9 K, 7 BB

2016 Summer Stats (Baltimore Redbirds, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League): 13 G, 1 GS, 3-0, 2.37 ERA, 30. 1 IP, 33 K, 2 BB, 0.82 WHIP

About Andrew: Andrew Miller made 10 appearances for the Terps out of the bullpen last spring, striking out nine in 7.0 innings pitched but sporting a lofty ERA over 11. After an up-and-down freshman season, he hit his stride as a member of the Cal Ripken League’s Baltimore Redbirds last summer. He finished fourth in the Cal Ripken League North Division in strikeouts, punching out 9.79 hitters per nine innings. His finest outing as a Redbird came on July 17 against the Vienna River Dogs when he got the start, and pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on six hits with five strikeouts.

The New York Yankees drafted Miller in the 34th round out of high school, but he decided to come to Maryland instead. He throws a fastball that touches the low 90s and complements it with a changeup and a slider. This season, Miller figures to be one of several lefties that will see considerable action out of the Maryland bullpen.