The New York Yankees have selected RHP Shawn Semple out of the university of New Orleans in the 11th round of the draft. The 21 year old, who stands at 6’1″ and weighs in at 195, is right side dominant for hitting and pitching. Semple attended high school Paul VI High School in New Jersey, where he was able to make himself into a solid prospect over the next 4 years of attendance. Shawn was a 3-year letterman and also named second-team all conference his junior year. Following his junior year, Semple was able to get to first-team All-Conference. Shawn was also the captain of his team his junior and senior year, according to unoprivateers.com.
Semple arrived to UNO in 2015 where he had a season cut short by injury in which he only started 8 games. However, Shawn was able to bolster decent numbers, as he went for a team low 2.70 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 46.2 innings while going 2-4. Sean was also named Southland Conference player of the week after pitching a shutout against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi on April 19th, according to unoprivateers.com
In Semple’s sophomore season during 2016 was a much stronger one, where he made 16 appearances with 12 of those as a starter. Shawn led the Privateers in strikeouts with 80. He also went 5-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 80 innings, according to unoprivateers.com.
2017 proved to be the best for Semple as his stats improved immensely. Shawn went 8-3 and got his ERA down to 3.07 heading into the draft. He also had 29 more strikeouts than in the previous season, posting 109 total while only walking 20 batters, according to unoprivateers.com. Semple is looking to be a solid draft pick for the Yankees, should grasp his role and excel in the minors.