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Kevin Smith, Brian Shaffer Lead List Of Terps' MLB Draftees

June 15, 2017
The new head coach of the University of Maryland's baseball program will have some spots to fill on the 2018 roster. 

Maryland, which is in the process of hiring its next coach after  previous head coach John Szefc accepted the job as Virginia Tech's head coach June 9, had six of its players selected during the Major League Baseball draft June 12-14. 

The selection of Maryland junior shortstop Kevin Smith by the Toronto Blue Jays kicked off another strong draft for the Terps, who now have had 21 players taken in the draft during the past four seasons. Junior pitcher Brian Shaffer joined Smith as a second-day pick in the 40-round draft. 

Smith, the Blue Jays' fourth-round selection with the 129th overall pick, is the last full-time starter remaining from the 2015 Maryland team that advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals before losing to eventual national champion Virginia. The native of East Greenbush, N.Y., who recorded 28 home runs and 117 RBIs during his three collegiate seasons, was the Most Valuable Player of the Cape Cod League Championship Series in 2016.

The 6-foot, 188-pound Smith hit .268 for the 2017 Terps, who finished with a 38-23 record and made their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the past four years. Smith's 13 home runs tied with Marty Costes for the team lead, and he paced the Terps with 48 RBIs. 

Shaffer was a sixth-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound right-hander from Pylesville, Md., compiled a 20-7 record at Maryland, tying him with John Rayne (1989-1992) for the second-most victories in school history behind former teammate Mike Shawaryn, a 2016 Boston Red Sox draftee who posted 30 wins from 2014-2016.

Shaffer, a North Harford High School graduate who was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award (which goes to the nation's top player) and was the 2017 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, posted a 7-4 record with a 2.66 ERA in 108.1 innings. An excellent control pitcher, Shaffer recorded 109 strikeouts while walking 18.

The final day of the draft provided the most movement for Maryland players. Junior pitcher Jamal Wade was a 17th-round selection by the Seattle Mariners. Wade, a native of Owings Mills, Md., and graduate of St. Paul's School, was a full-time pitcher for the 2017 Terps after spending his first two collegiate seasons as an outfielder/designated hitter.

Wade, who went 1-0 with a 5.03 ERA in 17 relief appearances, recorded 33 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. The 6-foot, 205-pound Wade has the opportunity to join his brother, former Terps outfielder LaMonte Wade, in professional baseball. LaMonte Wade was taken in the ninth round of the 2015 draft by the Minnesota Twins and is now playing for Double-A Chattanooga.

Sophomore right fielder Marty Costes was chosen by the Houston Astros in the 25th round. The Baltimore native and graduate of Archbishop Curley High School earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017, when he batted .322 with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Costes was a Freshman All-American during the 2016 season, when he led Maryland in home runs (nine) and RBIs (37). 

The fifth Terp selected was redshirt junior right-hander Ryan Selmer, who was chosen in the 31st round by the New York Mets. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound closer, a native of Beltsville, Md., finished with a 2-2 record, 3.05 ERA and eight saves in 27 relief appearances. 

Redshirt senior right-hander Jared Price was the final Maryland player taken in the draft. Price, who made 16 relief appearances for the 2017 Terps, was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 37th round. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Price, a native of Mohnton, Pa., was 1-0 with a 3.04 ERA last season. He finished with 27 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. 

Will Reed, a sophomore right-hander from Harford Community College, was the state's only other collegiate draftee. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Reed was chosen in the 20th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The native of Purcellville, Va., a transfer from Shepherd University, went 8-1 with a 2.38 ERA and struck out 78 batters in 56.2 innings for the 2017 Fighting Owls.