Gloucester Catholic High's Mike Shawaryn a top Red Sox prospect

Matt Leon
August 01, 2018 - 5:44 pm
Mike Shawaryn

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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Mike Shawaryn was a star pitcher at Gloucester Catholic High School in South Jersey. His success with the Rams led to a lot of attention from colleges. The right-hander chose Maryland and went on to dominate batters for three seasons with the Terps.

That collegiate success led the Boston Red Sox to use a fifth-round draft pick on Shawaryn in 2016 and since then he has steadily climbed the ladder in the organization.

He has spent the 2018 season in the starting rotation of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. His record is 6-8, but past that his numbers are very impressive. He has a 3.28 ERA in 19 starts. In 112 2/3 innings. he has allowed 100 hits and just seven home runs. He has struck out 99 batters while walking just 27.

"I feel like I've been doing well," Shawaryn said prior to his Sunday start in Trenton. "We've had a good plan of attack each outing and we're just sticking to that. I think we've been able to prepare very well for each outing."

The 23-year-old Shawaryn, who hails from Carneys Point, New Jersey, talks about the process of honing his craft in the minor leagues.

"Each level, you learn some new things," he said. "First couple of levels you may try and hone in on your pitches, you know, make your slider a little bit better, fastball a little bit better, change-up a little bit better. But once you get to Double-A, you start to see the batters make significant jumps where you need to be able to set the batters up, have a little bit more detailed plan of attack and mix things up as you go long into the game."

Once you hit Double-A, the possibility of making it to the big leagues starts to get real. But Shawaryn said he is focusing on the task at hand.

"You kind of realize you're in Double-A and you're getting close and hopefully you're able to make that jump," he admitted. "But at the end of the day it's a grind, it's every day and I don't think the amount of hours we spend at the field allow you to really let your mind wander to that part. Every day, whether you're out stretching or throwing, you're just worried about getting better or working on the things you're working on. Or [if you're pitching], you're worried about winning the game. Obviously you're aware of it, but for me at least, I focus on the day-to-day and just try and get a little bit better each day."

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