Maryland baseball’s Brian Shaffer inked his first major league contract Sunday, signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks after the team drafted the pitcher in the sixth round.
The 6’5 righty officially ends his college career with a 20-8 record and 236 strikeouts, taking a fastball in the low 90s and a couple off-speed pitches to the pros.
Shaffer led Maryland and the Big Ten in innings pitched and topped the conference in wins this spring. He leaves College Park after winning the 2017 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year award, touting a 1.76 ERA in conference play.
Shaffer was one of six Terps taken in this month’s draft, and likely the last underclassman to sign. Shortstop Kevin Smith and right-handed pitcher Ryan Selmer signed earlier in the month with the Blue Jays and Mets, respectively. Outfielder Marty Costes was drafted in the 25th round by the Astros, but still has two years of eligibility left and will probably return for his junior season.
In other news
We took a look at the best receivers Maryland has to face next season.
Profiles in Terpage continued Friday with Jahrvis Davenport, who will look to pick up his production in 2017.
Receivers week spilled into the weekend with a quartet of freshman receivers. Jayden Comma, signing day flip Tahj Capehart, and potential red-zone threat Carlos Carriere all have a shot to impact the receiver rotation this season, while Sean Nelson’s 2017 value may lie mostly in his potential and on special teams.
Three-star defensive back Vincent Flythe committed to Maryland over the weekend, giving the Terps to the No. 16 recruiting class for the 2018 cycle.
With Melo Trimble officially signed by the Sixers, Alex Littlehales looked at Trimble’s top five plays as a Terp.