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Spalding's Tyler Blohm chooses Terps over O's

mmorea@capgaznews.com

Friday was the deadline for teams to sign players selected in last month's Major League Baseball draft. For Archbishop Spalding graduate Tyler Blohm, that meant choosing between signing with the Baltimore Orioles or honoring his commitment to pitch at the University of Maryland.

Blohm, a 6-foot-3, 185 pound left-handed pitcher, did not sign with the Orioles on Friday, and will be headed to College Park in the fall.

Dean Albany, the Orioles Mid-Atlantic regional scout, confirmed to The Capital on Friday night that Blohm opted not to sign with the Orioles.

"Maryland is getting a great player,'' Albany said of Blohm. "Tyler is going to get a good education and will develop into a terrific prospect three years from now. He's a good-looking kid with a great future.''

Blohm was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 17th round (511th pick) on June 11 after a standout career at Spalding in which the Cavaliers won three consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championships. During Blohm's senior campaign, he was chosen as the Capital Gazette Communications Baseball Player of the Year, had a 9-0 record with 103 strikeouts, a 0.74 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP in 66 innings pitched and was also named the 2016 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year. He finished his career with 25 wins in four varsity seasons.

Blohm was unavailable for comment Friday night as he was pitching for the Baltimore Redbirds in the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Bethesda Big Train in a Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League matchup.

When Blohm was drafted in June, he told The Capital "I know if I got in the Orioles system, I could definitely develop. But I have to make sure I'm physically and mentally ready for that. I definitely value my education very much.''

Albany said back then that Blohm "was valued as a higher pick, but he has a strong commitment to the University of Maryland. He had a great year, so we figured we'd take a run at him and see where it takes us. If he doesn't sign with us, I'm sure we'll see him again in three years."

Prior to being drafted, Blohm signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 11, 2015 to play for Maryland and head coach John Szefc. The Terps went 30-27 overall during the 2016 season and had a 13-11 mark in the Big Ten. Maryland lost in the conference's semifinal round to Iowa after defeating Indiana twice but losing to Michigan State in the double-elimination tournament.

Possibly a key to Blohm's decision was that recent Maryland pitcher Mike Shawaryn was drafted in the fifth round (148th pick) by the Boston Red Sox and just signed a deal that included a $637,500 signing bonus. Blohm can play three years and re-enter the Major League Baseball Draft with hopes of being selected earlier, which would carry a larger salary amount as well as signing bonus.

Blohm was a First Team selection to MaxPreps 2016 All-American Baseball Team and was on the North's roster in the CRCBL All-Star game. He took a 1-0 record in three starts with a 2.11 ERA in 17 innings heading into Friday's action.

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