Summer Ball: Final 2019 update

As the Terps gear up for the start of Fall Ball, here’s a look at how Maryland players fared this summer, including a few championships and one league MVP.


CAPE COD BASEBALL LEAGUE

A favorite of Maryland, the Brewster Whitecaps hosted two Terps over the summer. Both southpaw Sean Fisher and catcher Justin Vought took advantage of their time on the Cape, even though Brewster didn’t make the playoffs.

Fisher fared better than his counterpart and earned the Whitecaps’ Reliever of the Year award with a 2.84 ERA in 12 appearances, and only 22 hits allowed in 25 1/3 innings, including 15 strikeouts.

Vought struggled some, but still finished the summer with two homers in only 18 games.

Right-hander Mark DiLuia also spent some time in the Cape this summer, where he tallied three strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings pitched for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.


NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Six Terps spent their summer in the NECBL, spread over three teams. With the NECBL 2019 Champions, the Keene Swamp Bats, outfielder Randy Bednar racked up an impressive .337 average with nine home runs and 15 doubles, enough for the junior to be selected to the first team all-league.

Also with Keene, Sean Heine tossed 21 1/3 innings and tallied 16 strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Trevor LaBonte and Mike Vasturia bolstered the Sanford Mainers’ pitching staff. LaBonte started five games for the Mainers and worked a 5.31 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings. Vasturia struggled in his two relief appearances.

For the Mystic Schooners, Billy Phillips and Josh Maguire both continued to develop. Phillips made one start and 15 relief appearances, striking out 16 in 17 innings. Maguire struggled offensively, but worked 15 walks and two doubles.


PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Without a doubt the best performance by a Terp this summer, Maxwell Costes stole the show in the PGCBL with the Amsterdam Mohawks.

Costes was named PGCBL Player of the Year, as well as being awarded PGCBL First-Team honors with his .374 average, 36 RBIs and record-breaking 12 home runs. He was also named the MVP of the PGCBL championship series.

Oh, and did we mention that he got to throw out the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game?

Also with Amsterdam, Drew Wilden notched 23 strikeouts in 16.1 innings, but struggled to minimize opposing offenses, working a 6.06 ERA.


FUTURES COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Over in the Futures league, Benjamin Cowles and Ben Irvine put up solid numbers at the plate, while Daniel O’Connor continued to develop on the mound. The trio played for the Nashua Silver Knights.

Irvine batted .287 over his 129 plate appearances, including 16 RBIs and 20 walks, while Cowles racked up 10 stolen bases in 29 games and O’Connor punched out 28 batters in 23 innings of work.


PROSPECT COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Down in West Virginia, Caleb Walls and Michael Pineiro continued their spring success with the Miners.

Pineiro went yard three times while batting .333, while Walls tore up the bases with 18 stolen bases and a solid  .264 average in 50 games.


CAL RIPKEN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Back in Maryland, senior Elliot Zoellner threw a solid summer session, working a 1.20 ERA in 11 relief appearances and helping carry the Bethesda Big Train to their fourth consecutive championship (their second with Zoellner in the bullpen), and was named to the All-CRCBL First Team.

 

Pro Terps Update: 7/10/19

At the halfway point in the 2019 season, three former Terps are on MLB rosters, while numerous others have been in the big leagues at some point during the spring.

Here’s an mid-season update at how those pro Terps have played on the diamond thus far:

LHP Brett Cecil, St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)

In his 11th MLB season, Cecil has not touched the mound yet as he is dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome, which landed him on the 60-day injured list . The one time All-Star began throwing from short distances in late June and aims begin in rehab assignment in the latter half of the summer.

LHP Adam Kolarek, Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)

After making the opening day roster, Kolarek has remained a key part of the Rays’ bullpen for most of the spring. He threw 34.1 innings for Tampa in the 2018 season, surpassing that total this season heading into the midseason break.

In 45 appearances, Kolarek has tossed 35 innings with a 3.86 ERA and a 3-2 record. His last seven outings from the bullpen have been successful for the lefty as he sustained an ERA of 1.17.

2B Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)

Lowe had the best first half of any former Terps this year and earned himself a spot on the American League All-Star team. After being called up in 2018, the infielder has become a staple in the Rays’ lineup, posting a .276 average with a team best 16 homers and 49 RBIs.

After fouling a ball off his right leg, Lowe was placed on the 10-day injured list on July 4 and did not play in the Midsummer Classic, though he was in attendance. New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres replaced Lowe on the roster.

RHP Mike Shawaryn, Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox, AAA)

Shawaryn is back in Triple-A ball after being called up to the majors for just over a month earlier in the season. In his debut on June 7, the righty came out of the bullpen in the eighth inning and recorded four strikeouts in two innings for Boston. In his 12.2 innings in MLB, he punched out 20 total batters.

After being sent back down after the London series on July 1, Shawaryn has solidified his role as a starter for the Sox. In 12 games this season, the former Terp has a 4.10 ERA and 48 strikeouts.

OF LaMonte Wade, Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins, AAA)

Wade spent a short three days in the majors with Minnesota in their series against the White Sox in Chicago. In his debut on June 28, the speedy outfielder reached base once on a hit-by-pitch and was caught stealing in the inning.

After being called up again by the Twins, Wade suffered a right thumb dislocation, placing him on the 10-day injured list on July 6. In Rochester, he earned a .246 average with a .392 OBP so far this season.

RHP Jake Stinnett, Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs, AA)

After starting the season on the injured list, Stinnett has taken the mound quite often for the Smokies. In 18 appearances, the right hander has a 3.73 ERA with 35 fanned batters.

SS/3B Kevin Smith, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays, AA)

Smith has climbed through the minors fairly quickly and started 2019 with the Fisher Cats after playing in Low-A and High-A last season.

So far Smith has eight homers and a .183 batting average, but is currently on the seven-day injured list.

RHP Brian Shaffer, Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays, AA)

After starting the season in Charlotte with the Rays’ High-A affiliate, Shaffer earned the call up to Double-A Montgomery to play for the Biscuits. The righty has a 2-2 record with a 2.45 ERA with his new club.

LHP Alex Robinson, Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins, High-A)

In a frustrating 2019, Robinson has remained on the seven-day injured list since April 1. The southpaw appeared in 25 games in 2018, posting a 4.98 ERA with more time out due to injury.

2B Nick Dunn, Palm Beach Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals, High-A)

Dunn has spent his entire 2019 season with Palm Beach after playing for two ball clubs a season ago. The everyday second baseman is batting .224 with 19 RBIs for the Cardinals. Dunn also has 12 doubles on the year.

OF Marty Costes, Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Houston Astros, High-A)

Costes started the spring with Quad Cities in Low-A, but after 28 games with 20 RBIs and a .291 average, the former Terp was called up to Houston’s High-A affiliate in Fayetteville.

Since being called up, Costes is hitting .261 with an OBP just shy of .390. The outfielder is currently not playing due to an injury that landed him on the seven-day injured list.

3B Andrew Bechtold, Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins, High-A)

Bechtold is another Terp who climbed up the minor league rankings in the first half of 2019. Beginning the spring with Low-A, and after 66 games with a .367 OBP, the former Terp was called up to Fort Myers on June 18.

So far with the Miracle, Bechtold is hitting .235 with five RBIs. In his last 10 games he has a .286 average and eight hits.

RHP Jamal Wade, West Virginia Power (Seattle Mariners, Low-A)

In an injury-plagued season, Wade only appeared twice for the Power in early April. In 4.2 innings, he earned 10 strikeouts. Wade is now on the injured list after having Tommy John surgery in late May.

RHP Kevin Biondic, Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox, Low-A)

Biondic started just under half of his appearances on the mound so far this season. In 11 outings, the righty has a 4-0 record and a 2.91 ERA. The right-hander’s five starts of the season all came in a row and cemented him as one of the Drive’s rotation men.

LHP Jake Drossner, Helena Brewers (Milwaukee Brewers, Low-A)

Drossner was placed on the 60-day injured list before the season, and has not pitched since September 2016.

INF A.J. Lee, Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston Astros, Short-Season A)

After finishing his senior season at Maryland this spring, Lee was drafted to the Houston Astros in the 34th round of the MLB draft. Since then, the former Terp has put on a show for the Tri-City ValleyCats: in 18 games, Lee is hitting .288 with an OBP over .400.

 

1B Alfredo Rodriguez, Somerset Patriots (Independent-Atlantic League)

In his third season with the Patriots, Rodriguez is coming off a hot year that earned him Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star honors, the All-Star Game MVP award and the Patriots’ team MVP award.

This year, the former Terp is batting .264 with a .336 OBP and has earned a second consecutive All-Star appearance.

INF Blake Schmit, St. Paul Saints (Independent-American Association)

Schmit is off to a hot start this season with the Saints, posting a .288 average through 37 games. After three season with Sioux Falls Canaries, the infielder is in his first season with St. Paul, looking for his first All-Star selection since 2016.

RHP John Murphy, Westside Woolly Mammoths (Independent-USPBL)

Murphy finished his senior season with the Terps this spring, and after going undrafted in the MLB draft, he signed a deal with the Woolly Mammoths of the United Shore Professional Baseball League.

 

Pro Terps Update: LaMonte Wade Jr. Makes MLB Debut

Former Terp LaMonte Wade Jr. stepped onto a Major League field for the first time Friday night as he made his debut with the Minnesota Twins. After being called up on Thursday from Triple-A Rochester, Wade made the starting lineup in the team’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

In the nine hole and starting in right field, Wade earned two plate appearances, one of which he reached base on a hit-by-pitch. He was caught stealing second base in the inning. Wade was pinch hit for in the seventh by Nelson Cruz, who walked in his only plate appearance in the Twins’ loss.

Wade got the call to the majors after a series of unfortunate events for the ball club, where four outfielders suffered injuries in the last month. Left fielder Eddie Rosario sprained his ankle in the game Wednesday night, prompting Wade’s transition to the Minnesota Twins.

Wade’s journey to the major leagues were fast. After being drafted by Minnesota in the ninth round of the 2015 MLB Draft, the outfielder quickly moved up the ranks to Double-A, where he spent his entire 2017 season. The following season, Wade was sent to Triple-A Rochester.

In Triple-A ball, Wade posted a .238/.366./.351, complimented with nine home runs and 11 stolen bases. The outfielder’s defensive skills also proved to be a valuable asset to the Red Wings team.

With the numerous injuries plaguing the Twins’ outfield, Wade should see plenty of time on the field and in the lineup. The playoff-contending organization will finish out the weekend series on the south side of Chicago with Wade on the roster.

Pro Terps Update: Twins reportedly recall LaMonte Wade Jr.

The Minnesota Twins have reportedly recalled former Terp LaMonte Wade Jr. from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, after injuries depleted the Twins’ outfield depth. The move was first reported by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Minnesota drafted Wade in the ninth round of the 2015 MLB Draft after his three years with Maryland. In those three seasons Wade consistently notched just over 50 hits a season, while he finished his junior year slashing .335/.453/.468.

Wade began his climb through the Twins’ minor league system, starting 2015 with the Rookie Elizabethton Twins before moving up to Single-A Cedar Rapids.

In 2016 Wade made the jump to the High-A Fort Myers Miracle, after batting .280 in 56 games in Cedar Rapids.

Wade spent all of 2017 and part of 2018 in Double-A with the Chattanooga Lookouts, before he was promoted to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.

In Rochester, Wade cemented himself as a key component of the Red Wings defense and offense, as he made diving grabs in the outfield while also slashing .238/.366/.351 with nine homers and 11 stolen bases in 590 plate appearances since his 2018 Triple-A debut.

Wade’s recall comes after the Twins’ left fielder Eddie Rosario sprained his ankle Wednesday, the fourth Minnesota outfielder to be sidelined due to injury (outfielders Byron Buxton, Martin Gonzalez and Ehire Adrianza all landed on the injured list in the past month).

It is uncertain when Wade will make his MLB debut, but it is possible he plays any time over the next few days.

Summer Ball Update 6/19/19

Almost 20 Terps are spread up the East Coast playing in various summer ball leagues. Below we’ll give a brief overview of where members of the Maryland baseball are playing this summer and how they’re doing after the first few weeks of the summer ball season.


CAPE COD BASEBALL LEAGUE

Starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, three Terps are on the Brewster Whitecaps of the CCBL: Sean Fisher, Justin Vought and Zach Thompson. After a pedestrian sophomore campaign, Fisher has put up dominant numbers in his three relief appearances so far while throwing a 1.68 ERA in 5.1 innings, including two strikeouts.

Vought, the Terps’ most consistent catcher, put up a solo home run in his fourth game this summer, and though the junior is hitting .222 in his nine at-bats his potential is evident. After a season as Maryland’s Saturday starter, Thompson hasn’t started a game yet for Brewster, but it’s only the second week of the CCBL season.


NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Five Terps, including three Maryland pitchers, are taking New England by storm, in a sense.

On the Keene Swamp Bats, Randy Bednar and Sean Heine have put up stellar numbers in the first few weeks of the season. Bednar is batting .360 with nine hits and four stolen bases, while Heine is throwing a 3.60 ERA in 5.0 innings, including seven strikeouts.

After his first season at Maryland, Sunday starter Trevor LaBonte is the only Terp on the Stanford Mainers. His success toward the end of his freshman season carried into the summer, with the righty throwing 3.00 in two starts, amounting to 9.0 innings pitched. In those nine innings, LaBonte struck out nine batters.

Josh Maguire and Billy Phillips are both playing for the Mystic Schooners. While neither has put up amazing numbers so far this season, Maguire has three RBIs and one double in 20 at-bats, while Phillips has put up six strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched.


PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE LEAGUE

The Terps have three representatives in the PGCBL, spread over two teams.

On the Adirondack Trail Blazers, catcher Zach Doss has one hit but has walked four times and worked three hit-by-pitches. After an appearance in the middle of Maryland’s season, Doss struggled toward the end of the year but has the potential to bounce back with the Trail Blazers this summer.

RHP Drew Wilden and phenom Maxwell Costes are both dominating with the Amsterdam Mohawks. Wilden has made two relief appearances, holding the opposition scoreless in his 4.0 innings of work, including four strikeouts. Costes continued his freshman success, batting .448 in 29 at-bats, including a team-high three home runs.


FUTURES COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

For the Nashua Silver Knights, Ben Irvine, Benjamin Cowles and Daniel O’Connor are each working out some of their struggles left from the Terps’ 2019 seasons. Cowles has four doubles in seven hits, after 15 games, while O’Connor has struck out 14 in his three starts, amounting to 11.1 innings pitched. Irvine seems to be starting to find his groove, batting .240 with 11 hits in 40 at-bats, plus 11 walks, while batting leadoff and providing coverage in centerfield.


PROSPECT COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Outfielders Michael Pineiro and Caleb Walls and reliever Nick Turnbull are spending the summer with the West Virginia Miners. Both Pineiro and Walls are batting over .370, while Turnbull is still working out of his late-season funk, though the reliever has six strikeouts in his 6.0 innings of relief.


CAL RIPKEN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Andrew Vail joins Elliot Zoellner as the latter returns the the Bethesda Big Train for his second season. The pair of Terps are amongst a number of Big Train pitchers with 0.00 ERAs. In his first relief appearance of the season, Zoellner threw one inning and struck out two to contribute in the Big Train’s no-hitter.

Vail got his first start of the summer on Sunday, when he threw 3.0 scoreless innings and struck out five.

Pro Terps Update: Shawaryn makes MLB debut

On Friday night, former Terp Mike Shawaryn made his major league debut in relief for the Boston Red Sox against the Tampa Bay Rays after he was recalled at the end of May.

Shawaryn entered in the eighth inning, throwing four strikeouts in two complete innings while allowing only one run, a solo homer, in Boston’s 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay.

The Red Sox drafted Shawaryn in the 5th round of the 2016 MLB Draft, after three stellar seasons at Maryland. As a Terp, Shawaryn won 30 games and punched out 307, while throwing a career 2.61 ERA.

As the right-hander quickly moved through the Red Sox minor league system after the draft, he continued to strike out batters and showcase his talent. After starting with the Short-A Lowell Spinners in 2016, by 2018 Shawaryn was already in double-A with the Portland Sea Dogs.

In Portland, Shawaryn stuck out 99 batters in 112.2 innings, before moving up to the triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox for the end of the 2018 season. There, the righty struck out 33 in 36.2 innings to finish the year.

At the start of 2019, Boston invited Shawaryn to its official spring training as a non-roster invitees sign the right-hander was on the major-league club’s radar. Before his late-May call-up, Shawaryn threw 10 starts for a total 55.2 innings in Pawtucket, setting down 28 while holding opposing batters to a .230 average.

Then, on May 30 after right-hander Hector Velázquez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a low back strain, the Red Sox recalled Shawaryn.

Just over a week later he entered in the eight inning against the Rays and notched three straight outs, including his first major-league strikeout. And, after giving up a solo home run to Kevin Kiermaier to start the ninth, Shawaryn whiffed three straight batters to end the half.

Costes named College Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American

On Wednesday, the College Baseball Newspaper awarded Maxwell Costes with Freshman All-American honors, adding to the Maryland first baseman’s growing list of accolades after a breakout freshman campaign.

Costes earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors three times during the Terps’ 2019 campaign and Big Ten Player of the Week once, and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and to both the All-Big Ten first team and to the All-Big Ten Freshman team.

At the plate Costes put up a freshman campaign that rivaled that of his older brother Marty, a former Terp drafted by the Houston Astros in 2018. Costes knocked in 49 runs while hitting a team-high 15 home runs.

After transitioning to first base early in the season, Costes started all 58 games for the Terps. With power in the box, Costes slugged .547, but proved he’ll get on base by whatever means possible, working a team-high 19 hit-by-pitches.

Costes is the first Terp to be given the College Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American honors since southpaw Tyler Blohm in 2017. The first baseman also joins his brother Marty, who was awarded the honors in 2016.