Following ex-Delbarton (N.J.) baseball players Jack Leiter (current Texas Rangers top pitching prospect) and shortstop Anthony Volpe (New York Yankees’ No. 1 prospect/Somerset Patriots) getting selected by MLB organizations in recent years, the Clevland Guardians picked North Carolina lefthanded pitcher Shawn Rapp in the 20th round 0f the 2022 MLB Draft, 601st overall, on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound redshirted sophomore, who resides in Mendham, N.J., had posted a 4-0 record with a save and a 3.80 ERA to go along with 59 strikeouts to 22 walks in 45 innings of work.
The 22-year-old Rapp, as a freshman, appeared in eight games for the Tar Heels, all out of the bullpen. He threw 7.1 innings, including a season-high 2.1 against Elon (2/18) in his collegiate debut. The Livingston, New Jersey-born lefty finished with a 1.23 ERA while recording six strikeouts.
Perfect Game had Rapp ranked as the No. 1 left-handed pitcher and No. 18 player as a high school senior, in New Jersey. The two-time captain at Delbarton led the Green Wave to a N.J. state Non-Public A Championship in 2019.
He registered a 10-1 mark with 109 punchouts and a sub-2.00 ERA over his junior and senior seasons. He also attended the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Rapp has two seasons of college baseball playing eligibility remaining to possibly raise his draft stock. So, it is not a lock he will ink with the Guardians.
— Jerry Del Priore
Photo: North Carolina Athletics.