Posted: 9:21 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013
By Brian Favat
Congratulations to Boston College incoming freshman left-handed pitcher Travis Seabrooke. The Peterborough, Ontario native was drafted 23rd in the fifth round (159th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles on the second day of the 2013 First-Year Players Draft.
The 6-foot-5, 197-pound lefty is a member of the Canadian Junior National Team. He recently pitched five shutout innings while fanning seven in an 11-4 win over the MLB Prospects in the Dominican Summer League tour on May 30. Last year, he was a member of the Canadian National Team that participated in the World 18U Championship in Seoul, taking home the silver medal.
Scouting report from MLB.com:
Seabrooke is athletic and very projectable. His fastball will sit around 90 mph but has great downward plane and should see an uptick in velocity as he fills out. He has also shown good feel for his curveball, which has the potential to be an above-average offering down the line. His changeup lags behind the other two offerings but could become average in the future as he learns to use it more.
Seabrooke is the son of Glen Seabrooke, who played parts of three seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers after being selected 21st overall in the 1987 NHL Draft.
You can watch Seabrooke in action here:
Seabrooke has signed a LOI to play for the Eagles, but now the watch is on to see whether the lefty will stick with his commitment or turn pro.
"When I began playing I didn't want to grow up to pitch college ball, I wanted to pitch in the pros," said Seabrooke. "There's a very good chance of signing, but to get an education and play in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) is appealing too."
Shortly after being draft, the 17-year-old lefthander told his local paper that he doesn't know which route he'll take.