Mike Shawaryn Player Pool Pitcher

       
 
Age: 25
Born: September 17, 1994
Birthplace: Carneys Point, NJ
Height: 6-2
Weight: 240
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 5th round, 2016 by BOS;
32nd round, 2013 by KC
How Acquired: Draft
College: Maryland
High School: Gloucester Catholic (NJ)

Photo © Kelly O'Connor
Mike Shawaryn photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: sh-WAR-in
First Pro Contract: July 15, 2016 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Chris Calciano
Signing Bonus: $637,500
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: August 6, 2016 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: May 30, 2019 (BOS)
MLB Debut: June 7, 2019 (BOS)
Service Time (1/20): 58 days
Options Remaining: 2 (2019)
Contract (2020): ~League Minimum
   
Twitter: @MikeShawaryn
Instagram: @mike_shawaryn

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Sturdy, filled-out pitcher's frame. Doesn't have any projection left. Has filled out considerably in his upper body since he signed. Solid lower half.

Mechanics: Throws from a low-three quarters arm slot, starting in the middle of the rubber. Significant amount of effort in his delivery. Loud pre-pitch, with right hand constantly moving by his side as he gets the sign. Brings glove up high to his face then down and back up without using a full wind-up. Effort starts when he brings his arm back and raises his elbows high, then drops and drives, slinging the ball from a low arm slot. Delivery puts a significant amount of stress on his arm and shoulder. Delivery is tough on right-handed hitters due to low arm slot, but left-handers get a good look at the ball.

Fastball: 90-92 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. When starting, velocity tails off after the fourth inning down to 89-90 mph. In relief in 2019, sat more 91-94 mph. Pitch has late arm-side run and sink. When he keeps the pitch down in the zone, leads to a lot of weak contact on the ground. Average control; fringe-average command. Control regressed significantly in 2019 and bares watching going forward. Still working on consistently commanding the pitch. Potential average offering in a starting role but could play up as he adjusts to a bullpen role. Has reportedly worked on elevating a four-seam fastball to change hitters' eye levels.

Slider: 82-85 mph. Was once a slower, slurvy pitch with 10-to-4 break, but has evolved into a harder, sweepy breaking ball. Velocity did tick back a bit in 2019 from being 84-87 mph. Pitch lacks tilt, but has late bite. Has shown bat-missing potential against upper-level hitters. Has strong feel and confidence in the pitch. Willing to throw the pitch to both left-handed and right-handed hitters. Potential solid-average offering.
  Changeup: 84-86 mph. Inconsistent at present and doesn't use consistently in games. At its best, will show late fade and is thrown with deceptive arm speed. Other times is on the firm side and looks like a fastball he took something off of. Pitch will be crucial to his ability to stick at the major league level. Potential below-average offering.

Career Notes: Was seen as a potential first-round pick after a strong sophomore season, but struggled with injuries during his junior year and his draft stock took a hit. Signed for $262,000 over slot. Participated in 2016 Fall Instructional League. Nicknamed "The Unicorn" in college. In 2017, ranked 9th in the minors in strikeouts and 11th in strikeouts per 9 innings.

Summation: Profiles best as an emergency up-and-down swingman. Ceiling of a long reliever capable of coming in the fifth or sixth inning and throwing two-to-three innings should he end up in the bullpen. Fastball and slider show the most potential, but command and control still need refinement. Strong makeup and work ethic. Further development of changeup, giving him a pitch better-suited to get out left-handed hitters, will be key to sticking in the major leagues versus being Triple-A depth.


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Scouting Report Update (4.14.2020)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2014 Maryland NCAA Coll --- 19 11 4 0.733 3.12 16 16 0 92.1 89 34 32 5 24 72 1.22 3.00 7.02
  2015 Maryland NCAA Coll --- 20 13 2 0.867 1.71 17 17 0 116.0 85 28 22 4 29 138 0.98 4.76 10.71
  2016 Maryland NCAA Coll --- 21 6 4 0.600 3.18 15 15 0 99.0 69 41 35 2 26 97 0.96 3.73 8.82
  2016 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 21 0 1 0.000 2.87 6 6 0 15.2 15 6 5 0 7 22 1.40 3.14 12.64
  2017 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 3 2 0.600 3.88 10 10 0 53.1 44 25 23 5 13 78 1.07 6.00 13.16
  2017 Salem Car A+ Bos 22 5 5 0.500 3.88 10 10 0 53.1 44 25 23 5 13 78 1.07 6.00 13.16
  2018 Portland East AA Bos 23 6 8 0.429 3.28 19 19 0 112.2 100 45 41 7 27 99 1.13 3.67 7.91
  2018 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23 3 2 0.600 3.93 7 6 0 36.2 30 16 16 6 11 33 1.12 3.00 8.20
  2018 Mesa AFL Fall Bos 23 1 0 1.000 2.13 9 1 1 12.2 11 3 3 0 4 15 1.18 3.75 10.66
  2019 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24 1 2 0.333 4.52 26 14 0 89.2 76 48 45 13 49 76 1.39 1.55 7.63
  2019 Boston AL MLB Bos 24 0 0 --- 9.74 14 0 0 20.1 26 22 22 5 13 29 1.92 2.23 12.84
   
     
    2020 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2020 - - - - 25     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2014 Baseball America Second Team Freshman All-American
2014 Perfect Game Second Team Freshman All-America
2015 Baseball America Second Team All-American
2015 Perfect Game First Team All-American
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (May 2017)
  SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 1-7, 2017)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Month (May 2017)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (June 26-July 2, 2017)
2017 SoxProspects.com All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 7-13, 2018)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (August 20-26, 2018)
2018 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2019 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 29 - May 5, 2019)
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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