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.