Jared Shuster

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Jared Shuster
Atlanta Braves
Pitcher
Born: (1998-08-03) August 3, 1998 (age 22)
New Bedford, Massachusetts[1]
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Jared Shuster (born August 3, 1998) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization.

Personal life[edit]

Shuster is the son of Bennett and Lori Shuster, and is Jewish.[2][3] He has a sister, Alexa.[4] His hometown is New Bedford, Massachusetts.[2] He is 6’ 3", and 210 pounds, and is considered athletic, as he runs a 6.5 second 60-yard dash.[5]

High school[edit]

Shuster attended New Bedford High School before transferring to Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts, graduating in 2017.[2][6] He was 6-0 with an 0.45 ERA as a freshman at New Bedford High School, throwing in the mid-80s and touching the high-80s.[7] Then at Tabor Academy he was 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA as a sophomore, 3-2 with a 2.40 ERA as a junior, and 4-3 with a 1.26 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 39 innings as a senior while he was captain of the team.[2][8] As a junior he batted .506 with nine doubles and six home runs in 25 games, and as a senior both pitching and playing outfield he batted .347 with four home runs.[2][8] He also played basketball.[2]

College[edit]

Shuster played college baseball at Wake Forest University for the Demon Deacons.[9][10] As a freshman he was 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA, and as a sophomore he was 4-4 with a 6.49 ERA while striking out 94 batters in 68 innings (12.4 K/9IP, the third-highest ratio in school history) and was twice named Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week.[2][1][11] As a junior in 2020 in a season shortened by Covid he was 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA, as in four starts he struck out 43 batters (tied for third in the ACC) and walked 4 in 26.1 innings (14.7 K/9IP), holding batters to a .221 batting average.[12][2][1][11][13]

After the 2018 season, he played collegiate summer baseball with the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, and was 2-4 with a 2.76 ERA and a league-leading 62 strikeouts in 49 innings.[2] After the 2019 season, Shuster played collegiate summer baseball with the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and was 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 5 walks in 33.0 innings, and was named a league All-Star.[2][14][15][16]

His sinking two-seam and riding four-seam fastball was 92-94 mph and hit 97 mph, and Shuster's best pitch was his 80 mph changeup (that he throws over 10 miles per hour slower than his fastball, and which he throws in any count), which produced a 60% whiff rate.[17][18][19][20][7][5] He also has an improving slider.[21]

Major league draft[edit]

Shuster was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (25th pick) of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft.[1][22][23] He was the seventh first-round draft pick in Wake Forest history.[20][6] He signed for a signing bonus of $2,197,500; because the 2020 season was uncertain, 2020 draft picks received a maximum of $100,000 up front, and the rest of their bonus was to be deferred over the following two years.[13][24][25]

Braves vice president of scouting Dana Brown said: "We think ... there’s a chance this guy could be a three-pitch mix with above-average-to-plus stuff."[4] ESPN's Karl Ravech said: "Talk about somebody who checks a lot of the boxes, Jared Shuster is one of those. His whiff rate on his changeup, it’s even as good as that guy, Luis Castillo, who has one of the best in the world."[4] Former major leaguer Eduardo Perez said: "You have to look at the release point of where he lets it go... it’s the same release point as the fastball, way over the top, and it’s hard to pick up. You’re sitting changeup, and all of a sudden here comes fastball. You’re sitting fastball, and here comes the changeup. He has the ability to do it in any count."[4]

Plans to resume the 2020 season were announced in late June. Surprisingly, Shuster was included in the Braves ‘ pool of 60 players eligible to participate in the regular season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Jared Shuster Amateur & College Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Jared Shuster - Baseball". Wake Forest University Athletics.
  3. ^ "Braves draft Jared Shuster in 1st round | Jewish Baseball News".
  4. ^ a b c d Kurie, Brendan. "New Bedford's Jared Shuster talks about being a first-round MLB draft pick". southcoasttoday.com.
  5. ^ a b "Atlanta Braves fans will love their newest lefty Jared Shuster". June 12, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "New Bedford's Jared Shuster was selected by the Braves in the 1st round | Boston.com". www.boston.com.
  7. ^ a b Kurie, Brendan. "It's been 25 years since a former New Bedford High baseball player was taken in the MLB Draft. Jared Shuster is about to change that". southcoasttoday.com.
  8. ^ a b "Jared Shuster was named the Tabor Academy Player of the Game vs. Worcester Academy on Sat, 4/29/2017". www.maxpreps.com.
  9. ^ Kurie, Brendan (June 5, 2020). "It's been 25 years since a former New Bedford High baseball player was taken in the MLB Draft. Jared Shuster is about to change that". SouthCoastToday.
  10. ^ Conor O'Neill (June 9, 2020). "Wake Forest trio prepares for launch into unknown MLB landscape". Winston-Salem Journal.
  11. ^ a b "Jared Shuster Player Card - The Baseball Cube". www.thebaseballcube.com.
  12. ^ "Wake Forest pitcher Jared Shuster taken in 1st Round by Atlanta". DemonDeaconDigest.com.
  13. ^ a b Journal, Conor O’Neill Winston-Salem. "Jared Shuster drafted by Braves in first round of MLB draft". Winston-Salem Journal.
  14. ^ "#23 Jared Shuster - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  15. ^ Nick Friar (July 10, 2019). "Cape League becomes latest stop in Jared Shuster's baseball journey". SouthCoastToday.
  16. ^ Greg Dudek (June 3, 2020). "Cape Cod breakout last year puts P Jared Shuster on MLB radar". Boston Herald.
  17. ^ NJ.com, Brendan Kuty | NJ Advance Media for (June 9, 2020). "MLB Draft 2020: Yankees pick promising pitcher in latest expert mock draft (VIDEO)". nj.
  18. ^ Keeler, Rick (June 4, 2020). "2020 MLB Draft Profile: Jared Shuster, LHP, Wake Forest".
  19. ^ "Braves draft Wake Forest left-hander Jared Shuster". SI.com.
  20. ^ a b Burns, Gabriel; Journal-Constitution, The Atlanta. "Braves select left-hander Jared Shuster with 25th pick in draft". ajc.
  21. ^ Cornett, Aaron; Manager, Site (June 13, 2020). "Atlanta Braves 2020 MLB Draft Recap".
  22. ^ Gabriel Burns (June 10, 2020). "Braves select left-hander Jared Shuster with 25th pick in draft". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  23. ^ Conor O’Neill (June 10, 2020). "Jared Shuster drafted by Braves in first round of MLB draft". Winston-Salem Journal.
  24. ^ Price, Kelly (June 23, 2020). "Braves sign four draft picks, six non-drafted prospects". FOX 5 Atlanta.
  25. ^ "New Bedford's Jared Shuster Signs with Atlanta Braves". June 21, 2020.

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