The Maryland Terrapins baseball team got some more good fortune last night, this time coming from the MLB Draft. Terps ace RHP Jake Stinnett was taken 45th overall by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the draft. Stinnett becomes the highest pick in the draft since Brett Cecil was taken 35th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007.
Stinnett, who hails from Vista, California, has been the best pitcher on one of Maryland’s best teams in the history of the program. He broke Maryland’s record for strikeouts (130) and recorded a 7-6 record with a 2.56 ERA in 15 starts this season. Stinnett played a pivotal role in Maryland advancing to their first ever Super Regional since the College World Series came to be. Stinnett made Second Team All-ACC this year.
Last season, Stinnett was selected in the 29th round of the MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wisely so, he elected to return for his senior season.
Hats off to Stinnett, who has been superb this season. Just goes to show you that returning to school isn’t always the worst idea ever.
Maryland also had a 2014 commit in baseball taken in the MLB Draft: outfielder Troy Stokes. Stokes, of Baltimore, Md. (Calvert Hall), was taken 116th overall (4th round) by the Milwaukee Brewers. Stokes was a 2014 Perfect Game Third Team All-American, and was an Atlantic Region First Team player. Stokes committed to Maryland in October of 2012 and has a good relationship with coach John Szefc.