The 2017 MLB Draft wrapped up last week and six names from the Maryland baseball team were called, the second most in school history. In 2015, eight players were drafted.
Juniors Kevin Smith and Brian Shaffer were selected on the second day of the draft, while Jamal Wade, Marty Costes, Ryan Selmer and Jared Price were taken on the third and final day. Smith was the highest pick from Maryland since 2015, when the Tampa Bay Rays chose Brandon Lowe in the third round.
Three signees, incoming freshmen, were also drafted. The Atlanta Braves selected Randy Bednar in the 27th round. The outfielder and left-handed thrower hit .551 his senior year and fanned 32 batters in 19 innings. Justin Vought, who hit .474 last spring, was the next future Terp taken off the board. The Kansas City Royals drafted Vought, a Pennsylvania product, in the 31st round. The final signee drafted was Mark DiLuia, a Chicago native chosen by the Texas Rangers in the 38th round. DiLuia is ranked No. 11 in the Illinois 2017 class by Prep Baseball Report.
Junior shortstop Kevin Smith – Toronto Blue Jays (fourth round, 129th pick)
Smith spent his third year at Maryland etching his name into the team record books. He finished his Maryland career with 28 home runs, good for eighth in program history. The preseason All-American also sits at 1oth in school history with 117 RBIs. A team-leading 48 of those came in 2017. Smith also tied for the team-lead with 13 home runs, a career high. The East Greenbush, New York, product earned Big Ten All-Tournament team honors in 2015 and 2017.
Career stats: BA: .267, OBP: .331, SLG: .455, HR: 28, RBI: 117, H: 180
— Kevin Smith (@KJS_4) June 18, 2017
Junior right-hander Brian Shaffer – Arizona Diamondbacks (sixth round, 172nd pick)
Shaffer followed up a strong sophomore campaign with a dominant junior season. The righty starter was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year after throwing for a 1.67 ERA in the regular season. He also earned Third Team All-American honors. Like Smith, Shaffer put himself into the Maryland record books. His 109 strikeouts in 2017 ranks fifth all-time and his 108.1 innings pitched is third. The 6-foot-5 thrower is second in career wins, fourth in career innings pitched and tied for fifth in career strikeouts.
Career stats: W: 20, L: 8, IP: 273, ERA: 3.07, WHIP: 0.99, SO: 236, BB: 40, S09: 7.78, K/BB: 5.90
Junior right-hander Jamal Wade – Seattle Mariners (17th round)
Wade was the first Terp selected on the third day of the draft. He started out his college career as an outfielder, but converted to a power-throwing reliever. The switch paid off. The flamethrower’s fastball touched mid-90s and helped hold batters to a .208 batting average. In just 19.2 innings, he struck out 33 batters.
Career stats: IP: 19.2, ERA: 5.03, WHIP: 1.47, SO: 33, BB: 13, S09: 15.1, K/BB: 2.54
Draft-eligible sophomore outfielder Marty Costes – Houston Astros (25th round)
The Baltimore native tied Smith for the team-lead in home runs with 13 while still hitting .322. Costes was one of the Terps biggest threats at the plate as a freshman and again in 2017 as a sophomore. He was named First Team All-Big Ten in 2017 and earned freshman All-American honors his first year. Although Costes was drafted, it is likely that he returns for his junior season.
Career stats: BA: .296, OBP: .400, SLG: .517, HR: 22, RBI: 83, H: 127
Junior right-hander Ryan Selmer – New York Mets (31st round)
Selmer was coach John Szefc’s workhorse out of the bullpen. He made 85 appearances in his career, 81 of those coming as a reliever, good for second in school history. Twenty-seven of those appearances came in 2017, where he served as the Terps’ closer. He recorded eight saves and his total of 12 ranks fifth in program history.
Career stats: IP: 132, ERA: 3.07, WHIP: 1.30, SO: 70, BB: 43, S09: 4.77, K/BB: 1.63
— Maryland Baseball (@TerpsBaseball) June 19, 2017
Senior right-hander Jared Price – Miami Marlins (37th round)
Price was another one of Szefc’s favorite options out of the bullpen. The fifth-year senior recorded 71 appearances in his tenure at Maryland, sitting tenth in the school record books. In 2017, struck out 27 in 23.2 innings with a 3.04 ERA. This is the second time Price has been selected in the MLB Draft. In 2012, the New York Mets selected Price in the 33rd round.
Career stats: IP: 86, ERA: 5.55, WHIP: 1.67, SO: 101, BB: 55, S09: 10.57, K/BB: 1.84
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