Braves scout Billy Best on first rounder Jared Shuster
The Braves selected Wake Forest lefty pitcher Jared Shuster with their first pick, the 25th overall, in the 2020 MLB Amateur Draft.
Shuster made four starts for the Demon Deacons in 2020 before the season ended. He was 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA, with 43 strikeouts and only four walks in 26.1 innings.
Shuster made huge strides in his junior season compared to his sophomore campaign, as he went 5-5 with a 6.49 ERA in 15 games (12 starts). He had 37 walks and 94 strikeouts in 68.0 innings. As a freshman, Shuster had a 7.41 ERA in 22 appearances (six starts) and had 21 walks and 32 strikeouts in 34.0 innings.
A native of New Bedford, Mass., Shuster is a 6-foot-3, 210 pounder and graduated from Tabor Academy. He turns 22 on August 3.
Shuster made improvements last summer in the Cape Cod League. His fastball was in the 92-94 mph range and hit 97 mph. His best pitch is his changeup. Reports have Shuster needing to improve his curveball.
Baseball America ranked Shuster as the 43rd best prospect in the draft, while MLB.com rated him as the 77th best prospect in the draft.
Most reports have Shuster as one of the fastest-rising pitchers in the draft class based on his improvements last summer and then his improved walk numbers in his four starts this spring.
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