Preseason Countdown: Mike Vasturia, #7

Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks seven days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #7, Mike Vasturia.

RHP Mike Vasturia
RHP Mike Vasturia

MIKE VASTURIA | 7

Year: Freshman

Position: Pitcher

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6’5″ / 235 lbs.

Hometown: Medford, N.J.

Previous School: St. Augustine Preparatory School

2016 Spring Stats: None

About Mike: Mike Vasturia dominated as a junior at St. Augustine Prep, posting a 6-3 record with a 1.18 ERA, 5o strikeouts and 10 walks. He didn’t pitch during his senior season after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery to “clean out the joint” in April, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Despite the setback, Perfect Game still rated him the No. 8 pitcher and No. 18 player overall in New Jersey in the 2016 class. A Perfect Game scout said Vasturia “pounds the strike zone with a heavy fastball with lots of sink and run” and that he “gets outstanding sink at times on his changeup.” Vasturia’s fastball reaches the high 80s. His older brother, Steve, is a senior at Notre Dame, averaging 14.1 points per game for the Fighting Irish basketball team.

Preseason Countdown: Corey Haines, #8

Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks 8 days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #8, Corey Haines.

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Volunteer Asst. Coach Corey Haines
Position: Volunteer Assistant Coach

Hometown: Elkton, Md.

Alma Mater: Maryland (’11)

Experience: 5th season at Maryland

About Haines: Corey Haines is entering his fifth season as the Terps’ volunteer assistant coach, after graduating from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a degree in kinesiology.

Haines serves as Maryland’s first-base coach throughout the season, and is in charge of organizing Maryland’s offseason prospect camps at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.

Prior to his graduation, the Elkton, Md. native was a volunteer and student assistant coach for three seasons, from 2009-2011. He played for two years at Cecil College as a second baseman, appearing in the regional championship in 2007 and winning the Maryland JuCo state title in 2008.

In 2012, Haines served as an assistant coach with Shippensburg University, coaching infielders and hitters, and focusing on base running. The Raiders finished with a record of 32-21, a nine-win improvement from the season before.

In the summers of 2011 and 2012, Haines was the head coach for the Alexandria Aces, a member of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. He led the Aces to the team’s first playoff appearance in franchise history in 2012.

 

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.

RHP Jared Price

JARED PRICE | 9

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

JUSTIN MORRIS | 10

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.

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.

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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.

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.

LHP Andrew Miller
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.

Preseason Countdown: Brian Shaffer, #13

Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks 13 days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #13, Brian Shaffer.

RHP Brian Shaffer.
RHP Brian Shaffer.

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6’5″ / 200 lbs.

Hometown: Pylesville, Md.

Previous School: North Harford High School

2016 Spring Stats: 15 G (15 GS), 8-3, 3 CG, 2.60 ERA, 103.2 IP, 13 BB, 75 K

2016 Summer Stats: DNP

About Brian: After an up-and-down freshman year, Brian Shaffer emerged as a dominant starter in his sophomore campaign in 2016. He led the team in innings pitched (103.2), wins (8), WHIP (0.88), and shutouts (2), while ranking second in opponent’s average (.209) and ERA (2.60). As the Sunday starter for most of the season, Shaffer often got the ball in the rubber match and delivered, as the Terps were 10-5 in his starts. The right-hander was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week in March after a 99-pitch shutout at Cal State Fullerton, and followed that up with a 90-pitch one-run complete game against Iowa the following week. He delivered a gem in the Big Ten Tournament against Indiana, allowing just two hits and striking out eight in a complete-game shutout that kept Maryland’s season alive. With Mike Shawaryn’s departure to the Boston Red Sox system, Shaffer will take over as the Terps’ Friday night starter and ace this season, leading a staff that also includes Taylor Bloom, Hunter Parsons and Tyler Blohm.