St. Joe’s Solomon, Loyola’s Zimmerman and North Harford’s Shaffer go in round 4-thru-6
Following the selection by Gilman alum Gavin Sheets, out of Wake Forest, Monday night, three more local baseball players heard their names called, Tuesday afternoon, in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.
Going in the fourth round (121st overall) was Mount St. Joseph alum Peter Solomon, a junior right-handed pitcher with the Notre Dame University. Coming out of St. Joe in 2014, Solomon was picked in the 21st round by the San Diego Padres, but elected to honor his commitment to Notre Dame, where he has battled injuries and wildness, yet has intrigued scouts with a fastball that has topped out at 96 miles per hour. Last summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League, he recorded an 0.55 ERA and opponents batted just .086 against him.
Loyola Blakefield grad Bruce Zimmerman, a junior left-handed pitch at Mount Olive University (NC), who started his college career at Towson University, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round (140th overall).
Zimmerman was 9-2 this season with a 3.18 ERA, pitching a team-high 99 innings. He allowed just 89 hits, 35 earned runs and 24 walks, while striking out 129 batters (11.73 per 9 innings).
In addition, North Harford graduate Brian Shaffer, a junior right-handed pitcher at the University of Maryland was selected in the sixth round (172 overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Shaffer was the Big 10 Pitcher of the Year this spring. He went 20-8 in his three years with the Terps, striking out 236 batters in 273 innings. As the team’s “Friday” starter in 2017, Shaffer led Maryland with a 2.66 ERA, in 108.1 innings, with 109 strikeouts against just 18 walks. In Big 10 play, his ERA was even more impressive, at 1.76.