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2018 MLB Draft prospect: Junior LHP Steven Gingery

Season-ending injury may not come into play with this year’s draft

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Even though his junior season came to an end with an elbow injury, left-handed pitcher from Huntington Beach, Calif., Steven Gingery still remains one of the top draft prospects for the Red Raiders.

During a double header against Maine on Feb. 17, Gingery pitched only 2.1 innings before coming out of the game due to discomfort in his elbow. It was later confirmed that Gingery had torn his UCL and would be out for the remainder of the season. Gingery faced seven batters during his short outing, struck out three and gave up zero hits and earned runs.

In 2017, Gingery racked up many accolades such as Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year and unanimous First Team All-American – the first ever in program history.

During his sophomore season, Gingery started in 15 games, accumulating a 10-1 record overall. He led the team in ERA with 1.58 in 91.1 innings pitched.

Gingery totaled 107 strikeouts, gave up 29 walks, and only allowed 16 runs on 60 hits. In the Big 12, he ranked first in ERA, and second in wins, WHIP (0.97) and hits allowed per game with 5.91. Opposing teams hit .186 off of Gingery, ranking second in the conference and his 107 strikeouts put him at third in the conference.

According to Baseball America, Gingery is projected to be the 103rd pick overall even with his season-ending injury. In my opinion, Gingery will most likely not return to Texas Tech for his senior season if he gets drafted this week.

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