Maryland baseball’s presence in the pros is on the rise, with several Terps rising through the ranks and reaching Major League Baseball in recent years. Mike Shawaryn became the next player of this new era of Terps to make it to the bigs, as he was called up to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.
Prior to tonight’s game, the #RedSox placed RHP Hector Velázquez on the 10-day injured list with a low back strain.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 30, 2019
To fill Velázquez’s spot on the 25-man roster, the club selected RHP Mike Shawaryn from Triple-A Pawtucket. The club’s 40-man roster is now at 40.
The right-handed pitcher was drafted in the fifth round by the Sox in 2016 and has been working his way up to the big league club over the past three years. He was invited to major league spring training in 2019 as a non-roster invitee, and he’s been with the Pawtucket Red Sox since about the middle of the 2018 season after being promoted to Triple-A.
With Pawtucket, Shawaryn has a 4-4 record and a 3.80 ERA in 17 games pitched, allowing 39 runs in 92.1 innings while striking out 79 and holding batters to a .226 average. Shawaryn has kept a consistent sub-4.00 ERA throughout his time in the minors, and now he will get his shot at the big time.
He joins Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe and pitcher Adam Kolarek as the only current MLB players from Maryland. Shawaryn will get to know the two of them well, as the Red Sox will battle the Rays frequently in the AL East.
Lowe and Shawaryn were also teammates during Maryland’s consecutive NCAA Super Regional runs in 2014 and 2015. This season, they could face each other for a Terps reunion on the big stage.