Tyler Blohm, a key component in three consecutive MIAA A Conference baseball championships for Archbishop Spalding, was drafted by his hometown Baltimore Orioles, on Saturday, in the 17th round of Major League Baseball’s 1st Year Player Draft.
Blohm, a 6-foot-3 left-handed pitcher who had previously committed to play for the University of Maryland, will now have a choice to make – college or professional baseball. He was the 511th overall selection.
In 2016, Blohm made 12 appearances including 11 starts and was 9-0 for Spalding. He allowed just 32 hits and 7 earned runs in 66 innings of work for a sub one ERA of just 0.74. Blohm also had 103 strikeouts against just 13 walks.
Bloom, who will be named VSN’s 2016 Baseball Pitcher of the Year later this week, is an All-Metro selection for a second consecutive year. As a junior he was 7-1 with 2.75 ERA with 55 strikeouts.
Another pitcher from Anne Arundel County also heard his name called on Saturday in the draft, as former Annapolis Area Christian pitcher Steven Ridings, who just completed his senior year at Messiah College (PA), was selected in the 29th round (867th overall) by the Seattle Mariners.
Ridings is a right-handed pitcher who was a 1st Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection by D3Baseball.com and the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Pitcher of the Year in 2016. It was the second consecutive year he won both of these honors.
He tossed 73.2 innings with 99 strikeouts and a 1.72 ERA in 2016, while posting a 7-4 record. He was at his best over his last five starts, allowing just one earned run and striking out 47 batters in that span, as he went 5-0.
Also of note locally, Georgetown Prep first-baseman Matthew Mervis, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound slugger, was selected in the 39th round (1,174th overall) by the Washington Nationals.