MLB Draft Preview: 2019

Though the Maryland baseball season is over, the 2019 MLB Draft is right around the corner. Only two Terps were selected in last year’s draft, including Nick Dunn, who was drafted in the 5th round, though three more signed undrafted.

This year, the draft will take place from Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 5. Maryland has 10 juniors and seniors currently on the roster who are eligible for selection. Here’s a quick synopsis of each player.


Hunter Parsons – RHP

Ht: 6’3″        Wt: 200        Year: Sr.         Bats/Throws: R/R

2019 Stats: 

G: 15 (15 GS)  IP: 104.1    ERA: 3.45     K/9: 6.7       BB/9: 2.8     H/9: 7.6

After a breakout junior season in 2018, Parsons continued to dominate as Maryland’s ace. Under the guidance of second-year pitching coach Corey Muscara, Parsons thrived on the mound and finished the season with 10 wins, the third-most wins in a single season in school history.

For the second consecutive year, Parsons led the team in innings pitched, providing the Terps with solid Friday starts en route to multiple weekend series victories. Even when Maryland did not come out on top, the righty maintained control on the mound; in an eight-inning outing against Creighton he allowed only three runs, all solo homers, while he struck out a career-high 10 batters and walked none.

Parsons continued to pitch with increased pace in his senior campaign. After his junior season in 2018, which included his first complete game shutout as a Terp, Parsons likely stayed on teams’ radars with his strong showing on the mound in 2019.


AJ Lee – SS

Ht: 6’0″       Wt: 180        Year: Sr.         Bats/Throws: R/R

2019 Stats: 

G: 51     AB: 189    Slash Line: .317/.443/.497     HR7       RBI36     K: 48      BB: 29

In his final year at Maryland, Lee came alive at the plate in the second half of the season. After suffering an ankle injury only two weeks into the season, Lee sat out for seven games to recover. Once he returned to the lineup, the senior batted .327, including an 11-game hit streak over the end of April, and a 24-game on-base streak that lasted from the end of March to the middle of May.

Lee went 4-for-5 in his last game as a Terp on May 24, when Michigan eliminated Maryland from the Big Ten tournament. In that last start, Lee went deep in the 9th inning for a solo home run, his seventh of the year. As a junior, though Lee at times struggled to get hits, the infielder walked a team-high 36 times and maintained his high on-base percentage.

In 2016, his first season with the Terps, Lee played in 19 games but struggled at the plate and finished with a sub-.200 average. But the then-third baseman didn’t quit and emerged as an everyday starter in his sophomore season, when he finished the year with  batting over .300 with eight home runs. Over his four years at Maryland Lee proved to be an asset on the base paths and on the left side of the infield, and his ability to get big hits in key moments––most notably his two- run walk-off homer against Iowa––helped boost the Terps to their first Big Ten tournament appearance under second-year head coach Rob Vaughn.


John Murphy – RHP

Ht: 6’4″        Wt: 245        Year: Sr.         Bats/Throws: R/R

2019 Stats: 

G: 27 (0 GS)  IP: 33.1    ERA: 4.32     K/9: 14.7       BB/9: 4.6     H/9: 10.3

Murphy served as the Terps’ closer for a second consecutive season, finishing the year with 11 saves, making him tied with Kevin Mooney for third-most saves in a single season in team history. The senior made the most appearances out of the Maryland bullpen and worked out of multiple jams, boasting the most strikeouts (54) of any reliever.

In his first season with the Terps in 2016, the right hander struggled as many freshman do, throwing only 11 innings and finishing with an ERA just below 10.00. But Murphy bounced back, and in his sophomore year he held hitters to an .183 average while walking only eight batters on the year. That year he also provided Maryland with vital outs in key moments, escaping multiple bases-loaded jams during the Terps’ postseason run.

Murphy did struggle with control toward the end of his junior season, but as a whole the righty proved he’s dominant on the mound when in control. Between his junior and senior seasons, Murphy showed his prowess as a strikeout pitcher, setting down 37 batters in just over 25 innings in his junior campaign. In his final two years at Maryland Murphy also cut his walks-per-nine almost in half, from 7.5 to 4.6, while increasing his strikeouts-per-nine by almost two strikeouts per nine innings, from 13.1 to 14.7.


Taylor Wright – 3B

Ht: 6’3″        Wt: 180       Year: Sr.         Bats/Throws: L/R

2019 Stats: 

G: 58     AB: 231    Slash Line: .290/.375/.429     HR: 4       RBI31    K:  42     BB: 29

In his second season with the Terps, Wright played every game at third base, providing stellar defensive coverage from the left corner of the infield. At the plate, the Canada native’s speed and ability to get multi-base hits was key to Maryland’s success in 2019.

After transferring from Colorado Northwestern Community College for his junior season, Wright played 47 games for the Terps at third base and helped fill the void in the infield. In that first season at Maryland, Wright provided the Terps with one of two walk-off victories, when he drew a game-winning walk in the 10th inning against Northwestern.

Wright improved his average in his final season, hitting in the three-hole and providing the Terps with a consistent bat throughout the season. After batting only .230 his junior year with the Terps, his average increased to .290 while his slugging leapt from .333 to .429. Throughout his senior campaign, Wright battled with sophomore Randy Bednar for the most doubles on the squad and finished with 20 doubles on the season, just one more than Bednar’s 19. Those 20 doubles tied Wright for fourth-most doubles in a single season in team history.


Tyler Blohm – LHP

Ht: 6’3″        Wt: 205        Year: Jr.         Bats/Throws: L/L

2019 Stats: 

G: 6 (6 GS)  IP: 15.2    ERA: 5.74     K/9: 7.7       BB/9: 6.5     H/9: 7.7

Blohm’s junior campaign started with uncertainty as to whether the southpaw would reach the level at which he started the previous year. After a shoulder injury late in the 2018 season left Blohm with a lowered velocity and limited mobility, the lefty worked to get back to his previous level of play, which saw him awarded Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2017.

But Blohm overcame the hurdles and ended the season seeming to have regained some of his confidence and most of his control. After a rough outing in his first start against VCU in February, Blohm rehabbed his arm until late April, when he worked into the rotation as an opener for two midweek games before making Sunday starts in both of the Terps’ final series of the regular season. Once back on the rubber, Blohm set down 13 batters while holding opponents to a .228 batting average in his 15.2 innings pitched.

As a freshman Blohm earned numerous Big Ten accolades, including being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. In his first season as a Terp, the southpaw had a 3.48 ERA in 75.0 innings. His sophomore year, when Blohm struggled with his shoulder injury, he finished the season with a 4.10 ERA in 59.1 innings, while holding opposing batters to a .248 average.


Elliot Zoellner – RHP

Ht: 6’3″        Wt: 190        Year: Jr.         Bats/Throws: R/R

2019 Stats: 

G: 18 (0 GS)  IP: 20.2    ERA: 7.40     K/9: 13.8       BB/9: 8.5     H/9: 5.4

After a decent sophomore season with the Terps, Zoellner took on a vital role in Maryland’s bullpen during his junior campaign. Throughout the season the Terps relied on Zoellner to eat up innings before bringing in either a setup pitcher or closer John Murphy.

With his 31 strikeouts on the season, Zoellner proved to be an asset to Maryland’s bullpen, holding opponents to a .156 average when he took the mound. While the righty did walk 19 batters on the season, Zoellner’s ability to get outs when they mattered and keep opposing teams off the base paths made him a key component of the Terps’ 2019 squad.


Nick Turnbull – RHP

Ht: 6’5″        Wt: 200        Year: Jr.         Bats/Throws: R/R

2019 Stats: 

G: 19 (1 GS)  IP: 17.2    ERA: 4.08     K/9: 8.9       BB/9: 11.5     H/9: 3.7

At the start of the season, Turnbull seemed to be the Terps’ most promising transfer, when he made the switch to Maryland after two seasons at Hartford Community College, where he solidified himself as a strikeout pitcher. With the Terps, Turnbull came out strong and became one of Maryland’s go-to setup relievers early in the year.

The righty-hander was often called on to help work out of late-inning jams with a key strikeout or set of outs. In his longest appearance, a 3.2-inning relief outing against Villanova, Turnbull struck out a season-high five batters while allowing only one hit and holding the Wildcats scoreless. Though Turnbull struggled to hold runners off the bases due to his high number of walks (22), he held opposing batters to a .130 average and his ability to get an out in vital moments helped power the Terps’ bullpen.


Caleb Walls – OF

Ht: 5’10″        Wt: 190        Year: Jr.         Bats/Throws: L/R

2019 Stats: 

G: 48     AB: 176   Slash Line: .233/.352/.352     HR: 4       RBI: 16     K: 51      BB: 28

One of three position player transfers for the Terps’, Walls was the only transfer in the starting lineup for Maryland’s season opener against Campbell. The left fielder played in almost all of the Terps’ games during the regular season, after transferring from Pasco Hernando State College in Florida.

While the outfielder did struggle at the plate toward the end of the season, Walls provided key outfield coverage while also aiding in the Terps’ offense. Walls hit four home runs, including a two-run inside-the-park home run against Elon, and tallied one triple and seven doubles.


Sebastian Holte-Mancera – OF/C

Ht: 5’8″        Wt: 190        Year: Jr.         Bats/Throws: L/R

2019 Stats: 

G: 19     AB: 44    Slash Line: .250/.370/.409     HR: 1       RBI: 7    K: 14      BB: 8

Holte-Mancera saw more time in the lineup than expected this year at Maryland, after transferring from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa. The junior started the second two games of the season behind the plate while also making appearances as the Terps’ designated hitter and at least one outfield start.

While Holte-Mancera did not make it into Maryland’s lineup often, when he did the righty provided the Terps with 11 hits and nine runs in his 13 starts, including a solo home run to right field against Delaware.


Ben Irvine – OF

Ht: 6’2″        Wt: 175        Year: Jr.         Bats/Throws: L/R

2019 Stats: 

G: 14     AB: 17    Slash Line: .059/.158/.059     HR: 0       RBI: 2    K: 3      BB: 2

In his first season at Maryland, Irvine often pinch-hit or pinch-ran for the Terps. After Irvine transferred to Maryland from Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts, he was one of many outfielders on the Terrapin squad, but found his place in the lineup when the Terps needed a speedy base runner or a fresh bat.

The outfielder started only three games for Maryland but made 14 appearances. In his second start, a midweek matchup against VCU, Irvine notched his first hit as a Terp, a one-out single through the left side. Prior to the move to Maryland, Irvine racked up 40 stolen bases in his sophomore campaign at NECC while holding a .417 OBP.


Bobby Zmarzlak – Class of 2019 Commit 

Maryland’s incoming freshman class is ranked No. 38, according to Perfect Game. Only one player, outfielder Bobby Zmarzlak, may be drafted high enough this year for him to forego his commitment to Maryland. In 2018, a scout at an East Coast Pro/Prospect Development Pipeline event said that the Stamford, Connecticut, native was the “most powerful hitter” of the group of prospects, according to an MLB.com article.


 

Pro Terps Update: Red Sox call up former Terp Mike Shawaryn

The Boston Red Sox called up right-hander Mike Shawaryn on Thursday, according to the team. With the promotion, Shawaryn joins three other former Terps in the majors: Brandon Lowe and Adam Kolarek in Tampa and Brett Cecil in St. Louis.

After three dominant years at Maryland, where Shawaryn won 30 games overall and struck out 307 total batters, the Red Sox drafted Shawaryn in the fifth round of the 2016 draft. Then, the starter quickly rose through Boston’s minor league system. Shawaryn entered the minors with the short A Lowell Spinners in 2016 and spent time in low-A and high-A in 2017, before he started the 2018 season with the AA Portland Sea Dogs.

In Portland, the righty started 19 games, working to a 3.28 ERA in 112.2 innings pitched, while holding opposing batters to a .238 average. Shawaryn struck out 99 batters with the Sea Dogs before he was assigned to the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, where he finished out the 2018 season. There, Shawaryn went 3-2 in six starts and one relief appearance, struck out 33 in his 36.2 innings of work and threw a 3.93 ERA.

Boston invited Shawaryn to their official spring training at the start of 2019, before the right-hander started the season back in Pawtucket. Before his call-up on Thursday, Shawaryn went 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 55.2 innings of work. The right-hander also struck out 28 in those 10 starts, while he held opposing batters to a .230 average.

Shawaryn joins the 29-27 Red Sox as they take on the Yankees in New York for a four-game set that starts Thursday. The date of his debut is TBD.

Six Terrapins earn Big Ten yearly awards

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After powering Maryland’s cleanup spot with 12 homers in the regular season, infielder Maxwell Costes was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year on Tuesday — one of six Terps to earn a yearly award from the conference.

Costes, also named to the All-Big Ten first team as a first baseman, is joined by All-Big Ten second team outfielder Randy Bednar, and All-Big Ten third team recipients in starting pitcher Hunter Parsons, third baseman Taylor Wright, shortstop AJ Lee and designated hitter Michael Pineiro.

Costes and Pineiro were also named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team.

Costes’ first year in College Park rivaled that of his older brother Marty, who the Houston Astros selected last year in the MLB Draft. Costes has been one of the most consistent hitters in the Terps lineup this season, blasting a team-high 12 home runs, a mark that also ranks fifth in the Big Ten.

The Baltimore native started in all 55 regular season games, picking up at least one hit in 37 of them. He collected four hits in the final weekend of the regular season against Iowa, which helped propel Maryland to a sweep and a Big Ten tournament berth.

Costes’ 44 runs batted in and .500 slugging percentage ranked in the top 10 in the conference, while his 19 hit by pitches led all Big Ten hitters. He becomes the second Terrapin to win Big Ten Freshman of the Year in the last three seasons, joining starting pitcher Tyler Blohm.

Senior ace Hunter Parsons has continued the recent trend of dominant Friday night starters for Maryland, going 9-3 with a 3.62 ERA. The Terps won in 10 of his 14 starts and only lost one time with Parsons on the mound during conference play.

The right-hander led the conference with 97 innings pitched, one of the more difficult pitchers to take out of a game. At 120 pitches in his final regular season start, Parsons stayed in the game against Iowa after a mound visit and struck out the final batter of the eighth inning on just three pitches.

Parsons’ best start of his senior season was against Indiana — the Big Ten regular season champions — when he shut out the Hoosiers on two hits over eight innings.

Bednar improved mightily in only his sophomore season, finishing the regular season with a .300 batting average and a team-high 52 RBIs, 47 runs, 69 hits, 29 walks, and a .543 slugging percentage.

The outfielder ranked in the top 10 in slugging, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, and runs batted in. His 19 doubles trailed only Wright, his teammate, for the conference lead. Bednar was one of three Terps to start in all 55 regular season games.

Wright, who transferred into the program last season, led the Big Ten with 20 doubles. In just two seasons, the Canadian already ranks fourth all-time in Maryland history for doubles. The infielder’s 12 steals and 29 walks were tied for the team lead.

Lee, a senior captain, was a key component of Maryland’s push into the postseason in 2019. He missed several games early in the season with an injury but was dominant after returning, and finished the regular season with a team-high .301 batting average.

The shortstop hit .588 in the final week of the season, earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors. Lee had arguably the biggest hit of the Maryland season so far, demolishing a walk-off homer in the series opener against Iowa. He hit three of his six home runs this year in the final four games of the regular season.

Pineiro, who didn’t play at all during his true freshman season in 2018, contributed in a much larger role this year. The outfielder played in 41 games, hitting .250 with three home runs and 23 runs batted in.

No. 6-seeded Maryland begins postseason play Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET against No. 3 Illinois in the Big Ten tournament.

Maryland’s Big Ten tournament scenario cheat sheet

With three games left to play in the regular season, Maryland sits in 10th place in the Big Ten Conference standings, just a half-game back of eighth-place Rutgers for the final conference tournament spot.

The Terps are now 9-12 in conference play, after losing two of three to Minnesota over the weekend. Maryland no longer controls its own destiny to clinch a Big Ten tournament appearance for the first time since 2017, but still has plenty of ways to get into the field of eight in Omaha next week.

Here’s a look at the current Big Ten Standings:

  1. Michigan 15-5*
  2. Indiana 14-7*
  3. Illinois 13-8*
  4. Nebraska 13-8*
  5. Minnesota 13-8*
  6. Iowa 12-9
  7. Northwestern 10-11
  8. Rutgers 9-11
  9. Ohio State 9-12
  10. Maryland 9-12
  11. Purdue 7-13
  12. Michigan State 7-13
  13. Penn State 4-18

* Clinched spot in Big Ten tournament 

Rob Vaughn’s team finishes the season with a three-game series at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium against the Iowa Hawkeyes (30-19, 12-19 Big Ten), a team that is not only playing for a Big Ten tournament spot, but an NCAA tournament bid as well.

With seven teams, including Maryland, chasing down the remaining three spots in Omaha, here’s a look at every scenario that gets the Terps back to the postseason.

Other series around the Big Ten:

Minnesota @ Northwestern, Illinois @ Michigan State, Ohio State @ Purdue, Rutgers @ Indiana, Michigan @ Nebraska

If the Terps go…

3-0 against the Hawkeyes

A sweep against Iowa would almost certainly put the Terps into the Big Ten tournament. At 12-12 in conference play, Maryland would only need these results to clinch a spot.

  1. Scenario 1: Maryland finishes in 6th place
    • Minnesota wins at least one game against Northwestern
    • Indiana wins at least one game against Rutgers
    • Purdue wins at least one game against Ohio State
  2. Scenario 2: Maryland finishes in 7th place
    • Northwestern sweeps Minnesota
    • Indiana wins at least one game against Rutgers
    • Purdue wins at least one game against Ohio State
  3. Scenario 3: Maryland finishes in 8th place
    • Northwestern sweeps Minnesota
    • Rutgers sweeps Indiana
    • Purdue wins at least one game against Ohio State

2-1 against the Hawkeyes

While the Terps would need some more help in this case, a series win would put Maryland in pretty good position. At 11-13 in conference play, the Terps would need these results to clinch a spot.

  1. Scenario 1: Maryland finishes in 7th place
    • Minnesota wins at least two games against Northwestern
    • Indiana wins at least two games against Rutgers
    • Purdue wins at least two games against Ohio State
  2. Scenario 2: Maryland finishes in 7th place
    • Minnesota wins two games against Northwestern
    • Indiana wins at least two games against Rutgers
    • Ohio State wins two games against Purdue
  3. Scenario 3: Maryland finishes in 8th place
    • Northwestern wins at least two games against Minnesota
    • Indiana wins at least two games against Rutgers
    • Purdue wins at least two games against Ohio State
  4. Scenario 4: Maryland finishes in 8th place
    • Minnesota wins at least two games against Northwestern
    • Rutgers wins at least two games against Indiana
    • Purdue wins at least two games against Ohio State
  5. Scenario 5: Maryland finishes in 8th place
    • Minnesota wins two games against Northwestern
    • Rutgers wins at least two games against Indiana
    • Ohio State wins two games against Purdue

1-2 against the Hawkeyes

Just one win this weekend would put Maryland in a tough position. At 10-14 in conference play, the Terps would need a lot of things to go their way.

  1. Scenario 1: Maryland finishes in 7th place
    • Minnesota sweeps Northwestern
    • Indiana sweeps Rutgers
    • Ohio State wins one of three against Purdue
    • Illinois wins at least one game against Michigan State
  2. Scenario 2: Maryland finishes in 8th place
    • Minnesota sweeps Northwestern
    • Indiana sweeps Rutgers
    • Ohio State wins one of three against Purdue
    • Michigan State sweeps Illinois
  3. Scenario 3: Maryland finishes in 8th place
    • Minnesota sweeps Northwestern
    • Indiana sweeps Rutgers
    • Ohio State wins zero, two, or three games against Purdue
    • Illinois wins at least one game against Michigan State

0-3 against the Hawkeyes

If the Terps are swept this weekend by Iowa, they will fall to 9-15 in conference and will be eliminated from contention. Maryland can not make the Big Ten tournament if the team loses its final three games.

Pro Terps Update: 4/16/19

Three former Terps started the 2019 season in the majors, and it’s likely more will reach the big leagues for the first time in their careers by the end of the year.

Here’s a look at those pro Terps whose seasons have already started:

LHP Brett Cecil, St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)

While Cecil spent part of 2018 as the only Terp in the pros, both Adam Kolarek and Brandon Lowe joined him as major-leaguers by the end of the season. Cecil is still struggling with an injury, however, and is currently on the 60-day injured list.

LHP Adam Kolarek, Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)

After making his major-league debut in 2017, Kolarek put up stints in the majors in 2017 and 2018, before making the opening day roster for Tampa Bay this season. The lefty started last season in Durham with the Bulls, but got the call up to Tampa after only 31 appearances in the Rays’ AAA-affiliate, during which he boasted a 1.61 ERA.

Kolarek has made nine appearances in 2019 after throwing 34.1 innings for Tampa in 2018. This season, Kolarek holds a 0.00 ERA in 5.2 innings pitched, which include four strikeouts.

2B/OF Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)

Since his major-league debut last August, Lowe proved himself worthy of a full-time spot on the Rays’ roster, signing a six-year contract extension in March.

In his 15 games with Tampa this season, Lowe has stayed hot, batting .302 and slugging .585 with four home runs, including a two-homer game on April 12.  After signing his contract extension, the second baseman has showed Tampa he was worth the cash.

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

Wade made the move up to AAA partway through 2018 after hitting close to .300 with the Twins’ Chattanooga Lookouts. Since the move, the outfielder hit .229 in his 74 games with Rochester in 2018, including 11 home runs.

Now, Wade remains in Rochester, batting .219 in his first 10 appearances, though he has a .375 OBP after working eight walks and putting up seven hits.

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

Shawaryn quickly ascended the Red Sox’s minor-league system after being drafted in the fourth round in 2016. Last season, Shawaryn started out with the Portland Sea Dogs in AA before making the move to AAA. In Pawtucket, Shawaryn threw a 3.93 ERA in seven appearances, six of which were starts. He went 36.2 innings, striking out 33 and allowing only 16 runs.

After making the Red Sox’s major-league camp to start spring training, Shawaryn is back in AAA. In his 11.1 innings pitched over two starts he’s struck out 14 and allowed four runs on 10 hits and only two walks.

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

Stinnett is currently on the Smokies’ seven-day injured list, according to thecubreporter.com.

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

Like many former Terps, Smith moved through the Blue Jays’ minor-league system quickly. After spending time with Toronto’s Low-A and High-A teams in 2018, Smith started this season in AA with the Fisher Cats.

So far he’s batting .268 with one home run and 11 hits in 10 games. The season is still young, however, and if Smith’s 18 homers in 83 games in High-A are any marker, Smith may turn things on soon.

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

After struggling with injury early in 2018, Robinson returned to the mound for 25 games with the Miracles, posting a 4.98 ERA before another brief stint on the injured list in late August.

This season, Robinson has been listed on Fort Myers’ seven-day inured list since April 1.

RHP Brian Shaffer, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays, High-A)

Since his sixth-round draft pick by Arizona in 2017, Shaffer has stayed solid in the minors. This season is the right-hander’s first full season with the Stone Crabs, after Arizona traded him to Tampa Bay in August last year.

Shaffer remains steady on the mound, boasting a 2.57 ERA in seven innings pitched over three relief appearances so far this year. The righty recorded four strikeouts in those three outings, while allowing only two runs on seven hits.

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

Dunn spent time in both short-season A and low-A last season after his fifth-round draft pick from the Cardinals. In his 65 games between the two leagues, Dunn batted .253 with three home runs and 14 doubles (all of which came in Low-A).

This year, Dunn started the season in High-A with Palm Beach. In 44 at-bats over 10 games so far, Dunn is hitting .273 with three RBIs and 12 hits, including one double. Additionally, Dunn has only struck out four times so far this season.

OF Marty Costes, Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros, Low-A)

After only four games in short-season A, Costes spent the majority of last season with Houston’s Low-A affiliate. Between the two leagues, the outfielder batted .231 with a .345 OBP.

Now, Costes remains with the River Bandits, hitting .300 in eight games. Among his nine hits so far, Costes has one triple and three RBIs, while he struck out only four times.

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

In his first season with the Power, Wade is continuing his dominance on the mound. The right-hander struck out 10 batters in his 4.2 innings of relief so far, meaning of those 4.2 innings, only four outs have not been Ks.

Wade boasts a 3.86 ERA in those two outings, having allowed only two runs on four hits and four walks.

Maxwell Costes wins 3rd Big Ten Freshman of the Week award

Maryland infielder Maxwell Costes picked up hits in all five games last week, including two home runs, helping earn his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award of the season.

In the Terps’ 3-2 week, which included a midweek win over William & Mary a pair of victories against Northwestern, Costes drove in eight runs while scoring seven times. In addition to his two homers, he also hit three doubles last week.

The Baltimore native now leads the Terps with a .287 batting average, and among qualified hitters, he also leads the team with a .512 slugging percentage and a .419 on-base percentage. Costes is now on a seven-game hitting streak, the longest of his career.

Now up to six home runs this season, Costes is steadily chasing the nine homers his older brother Marty slugged as a freshman for the Terps back in 2016, a mark that led all freshman in the Big Ten.

Costes’ production at the plate over the weekend helped Maryland accomplish a feat that hadn’t happened in over a decade. After winning two of three against both Illinois and Northwestern on the road in back-to-back weekends, the Terps have now won a road series in consecutive weekends for the first time since 2006.

For a relatively young team, Maryland is now an impressive 11-7 on the road and only 6-9 at home in College Park. The pair of road series victories currently has the team in the in the top half of the Big Ten standings with five series remaining.

Maryland freshmen prove they belong, get first at-bats as Terps

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When Maryland baseball traveled for the majority of its early-season games, infielder Josh Maguire stayed in College Park. He and catcher Tavan Shahidi would work in extra offensive reps while the Terps spent their weekends on the road.

Oftentimes, players that aren’t expected to receive time on the field are excluded from team travel plans. And to start his freshman campaign, Maguire was one of those players left behind, with the only ways to closely follow games via online video and radio streams.

But head coach Rob Vaughn has shown he has no qualms about fiddling with the Terps’ lineup and rewarding players who prove themselves in practices and in games. That now includes Maguire, who has started in Maryland’s last six games.

It all started with two pinch-hit opportunities two weekends ago against Indiana, when Maguire’s first-career hit left the yard in only his fourth at-bat of the season.

“I couldn’t draw it up any better,” Maguire said on Terps Pregame. “It’s what you dream of … the feeling was awesome.”

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Now, in 42 at-bats, it’s clear the freshman’s hard work both with and away from his team early in the year has paid off. The freshman is hitting .231 with six hits, three of which are home runs. He leads the Terps with a .577 slugging percentage.

On Wednesday, freshman Zach Doss found himself in a similar situation to Maguire. While Maguire practiced while the Terps were on the road, Doss took reps in the Maryland bullpen, where he treated every catching rep as if it was a real game, according to senior captain John Murphy.

So, when Doss found himself in Maryland’s lineup suddenly, replacing catcher Sebastian Holte-Mancera in the fourth inning Wednesday against West Virginia, the freshman was ready to face a Division I opponent for the first time.

When Doss entered, Maryland was yet to plate a run and trailed West Virginia 5-0. Vaughn didn’t like the tempo at which the Terps played their first three innings, and gave Doss the nod with the hopes the young catcher would reinvigorate the Maryland lineup.

The Terps eventually lost 8-1, but Doss’ energy behind the plate did give Maryland a boost. In the fifth, the Terps finally put a run on the board after right fielder Michael Pineiro and Doss reached base on a hit-by-pitch and a walk.

Doss’ high-energy personality brings the emotion out of people, Murphy explained. It’s not necessarily what Doss says to his teammates, but the way he carries himself.

“I thought he was the bright spot of the game tonight,” Vaughn said. “That guy shows up [every day] and works. He’s a workhorse. he gets after it, he does his thing every day. [He] infused us [with energy] in a spot that we really needed it.”

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Doss didn’t record an official at-bat until the ninth inning, after he walked in the fifth and was hit by a pitch in the seventh. In the bottom of the ninth, Doss struck out swinging.

But even then, Doss reached base — his third time in as many at-bats for the Terps — when the third strike got past the West Virginia catcher and Doss sprinted to first safely. It jump-started a bases-loaded rally that ultimately fell short.

“I tell these guys, it’s a game of opportunities,” Vaughn said. “Maguire got his opportunity a couple weeks ago, and has taken advantage of it. Doss got an opportunity tonight, and showed us that he can handle it, that he’s more than capable to catch at this level and handle his own business.”