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Maryland pitcher Brian Shaffer's baseball career has picked up velocity

Maryland pitcher Brian Shaffer's baseball career has picked up velocity

The Big Ten Conference's top pitcher was not the top recruit in Maryland three years ago. He was not the state's best right-handed pitching prospect, or even the sixth best. On Perfect Game, the high school scouting service that ranked him the nation's No. 484 right-hander in the Class of 2014, his profile page did not even have a mug shot.

Asked Tuesday about this apparent misevaluation (and possible clerical error), Brian Shaffer — thrower of strikes, bringer of heat — was unsparing. "I think all that," the Maryland junior said, "was correct."

He smiled sheepishly. Only recently have people in baseball realized he is indeed quite good at baseball. Last...

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