Cubs select Maryland pitcher Jake Stinnett in second round

Cubs select Maryland pitcher Jake Stinnett in second round
June 6, 2014, 10:30 am
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The Chicago Cubs selected Maryland pitcher Jake Stinnett in the second round (45th overall) on Thursday night. Stinnett started last season in the closer role for the Terps, but transitioned to the rotation and ended up throwing a no-hitter on March 1.

Stinnett began his college career at third base before a position switch to the mound during the 2011 season. In 2012, Stinnett earned World Series of the New England Collegiate League MVP honors.

The Vista, Calif. native was drafted in the 29th round of last year's draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but decided to return to school to continue to sharpen his game.

As a Junior (2013): An Academic All-ACC selection who made 16 appearances with nine starts and posted a 2.83 ERA, which ranked second on the team and 13th in the ACC … was selected in the 29th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates … finished with a 6-5 record with one complete game and 48 strikeouts over 63-2/3 innings started the season as the team’s closer, but moved into the weekend rotation against Florida State (3/17) before making his final two midweek starts against Rider (4/3) and at George Mason (4/10) ... had a team-best .204 b/avg., which tied for fourth in the ACC, and held opposing ACC batters to a .218 average, fourth best in the conference … had six quality starts in his last seven appearances of the season ... of his 48 total strikeouts, 16 came with the batter looking, which ranked second on the team ... recorded his first win of the season with two perfect innings in game two of a doubleheader against Oakland (2/22) … earned his first save of the season at James Madison (2/27) after entering in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded ... picked up a two-inning save at UVa (3/10) ... made his first career start against FSU (3/17) and gave up five hits and three runs over three innings of work ... set career highs in strikeouts (8) and innings pitched (7.0) against Rider (4/3) to earn his second win of the season ... shutout George Mason (4/10) over five innings of work allowing four hits and striking out four ... turned in one of his best performances of the season holding Miami (4/14) to one earned run on three hits over seven innings with six strikeouts ... went seven innings for his second-straight quality start scattering nine hits and allowing three runs with six strikeouts against Virginia Tech (4/21) ... pitched his first career complete game at Duke (4/28) holding the Blue Devils to five hits, while striking out four and surrendering no earned runs ... held Clemson (5/6) to two earned runs on five hits over 7-2/3 innings … against Boston College (5/17), held the Eagles to three hits and no earned runs over 7-2/3 innings with seven strikeouts for his sixth win.

As a Sophomore (2012): A versatile player who saw time at first base, in the outfield and on the mound ... made 12 appearances in the field or as a pinch hitter ... made eight appearances as a relief pitcher .. was the starting third baseman for much of his freshman season (2011) ... appeared in relief at No. 14 UCLA (2/19) and gave up one run on one hit in one inning of work ... saw his first action on offense as a pinch-hitter vs. Purdue (2/25), singling and later scoring ... struck out three batters in two innings of scoreless work against George Washington (3/20) ... gave up two runs on four hits over two innings at Miami (3/24) ... pitched a scoreless 1-2/3 innings at St. John's (3/28) ... gave up two earned runs on four in two innings against Bucknell (4/4) ... went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs and two RBIs against Duke (4/14) ... had a pinch-hit run-scoring double against Duke (4/15) ... pitched a perfect inning at Towson (4/24) ... worked 2/3 of an inning at Virginia Tech (4/29) ... fanned four batters over three scoreless innings at Florida State (5/5). 

As a Freshman (2011): Appeared in 49 games with 40 starts at third base ... also made five appearances on the mound out of the bullpen ... led the team in home runs (5) and ranked second in RBI (24) ... scored 20 runs, which tied for fourth most on the team ... finished second on the team with seven multi-RBI games ... in game three at Texas (2/19) had two hits, scored a run and tallied a RBI ... totaled three hits, three RBI and two runs scored against Army (2/25-27) ... went 2-for-2 for two RBI and a double in game one of a doubleheader against Canisius (3/5) ... went 3-for-7 with three RBI, two runs scored and two doubles against Florida State (4/1-3) ... hit two solo home runs at West Virginia (4/5) ... hit a two-run home run at James Madison (4/13) ... smashed his third home run of the season against James Madison (4/19)  .. made his collegiate pitching debut against St. Joseph's (4/26), tossing two perfect innings and striking out three to earn his first career save  ... in the series opener at NC State (4/29), finished with three RBI and two hits including his fifth homer of the season  ... earned his second save with a perfect inning of relief at Delaware (5/10).

At Rancho Buena Vista: First team all-league as senior ... Rawlings All-American Honorable Mention ... Scholar Athlete Award four years straight ... two-time first team all-academic ... graduated with a 4.47 GPA. 

Personal: Jacob Douglas Stinnett ... son of Mark and Kristina Stinnett ... has one brother, Aidan ... favorite sports hero is Albert Pujols ... also recruited by Pepperdine, Stanford, Virginia Tech and UCLA, among others ... chose Maryland to get an education and win.
Bio - University of Maryland Athletic Department