Maryland baseball's ace is getting a shot at the pros.
Jake Stinnett was drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the 45th pick of Thursday's MLB Draft, and is the highest selected Terrapin player since pitcher Brett Cecil was selected with the 38th pick of the 2007 draft.
Stinnett sports a 2.65 ERA, with four complete games in 15 starts and 130 strikeouts against 27 walks in 112 innings. His velocity has improved rapidly and he threw a no-hitter against UMass, sky-rocketing his draft status in just a short period.
The pitcher was originally drafted in the 29th round last season by the Pirates, but chose to stick around -- a decision that seems to have already paid off. Stinnett was an second team All-ACC selection this season, and was an Academic All-ACC selection the year before.
Here's what Andrew wrote on Stinnett in his great draft preview:
Jake Stinnett, senior RHP – Stinnett was drafted in the 29th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates last year but decided to try to up his draft status by returning for his senior year. It turned out to be a sage decision as he was the team’s ace and a second-team All-ACC. Stinnett is projected by the pundits to be a late first round or early second round pick. A fantastic article on Stinnett's draft prospects can be found at PerfectGame.
Charlie White, Blake Schmit, Bobby Ruse and Ben Brewster are other Terps who could potentially be drafted at some point this weekend.