The Red Sox are halfway through the first 10 rounds of the draft, as they made pick number five at spot 148. Boston selected Mike Shawaryn, a 21-year-old right-handed starter Mike Shawaryn out of Maryland with that pick.
It’s pretty clear the Red Sox haven’t deviated from their plan of getting Team USA types even after the departure of Ben Cherington from the organization. Shawaryn, as you can see in the embedded video below, participated on those teams as have so many Red Sox picks the last few years.
He’s also a redraft, as the Royals selected him in the 32nd round of the 2013 draft out of high school. In between then and now, the righty became the all-time wins and strikeouts leader for Maryland, and was doing just fine until a patch of rough spring that saw him briefly lose his job as the team’s Friday starter.
He recovered, though, enough that Baseball America rated him the number 77 prospect in the entire draft. Baseball America states that Shawaryn recovered the velocity he had lost in early March by the end of the season, and was throwing 90-94 miles per hour with his slider -- his top pitch -- nearly all the way back, too. It seems like he should be a starter in the pros, but obviously he’ll have to fully recover from the setback that shot him down to the 148th spot in the draft.
Given his ranking even with his struggles, it’s hard to believe that Shawaryn will be one of Boston’s below-slot signings from the first 10 rounds that will help them ink first-round pick Jason Groome. That’s fine, though: while much of the draft should be centered around drafting good players whose bonuses will also help Boston sign Groome, you don’t necessarily want that to be the priority for every selection.