The Major League Baseball Draft begins tonight and Marshall High School pitcher Tyler Chadwick potentially could be selected during the process. In a normal year, when the draft is 40-rounds, the Cardinal’s 6’6, 210-pound right-handed pitcher would be sure bet to be selected, but this season because of COVID-19 the draft was cut to just five rounds. Preseason scouting reports predicted Chadwick to be selected between the 4th and 7th round but with a short draft, teams may move high school pitchers down their draft boards a bit, leaving him on the draft bubble.
Marshall High School baseball coach Shane Murphy tells DailyDodge.com that after an All-Capitol North season behind that plate at catcher his freshman season, Chadwick really took off on the mound during his sophomore campaign. He says a great summer in 2018 made MLB scouts start to take notice and they began to inquire on a regular basis. With no baseball this Spring because of coronavirus, many draft prospects, including Chadwick, had to post workouts online to get exposure with scouts. CLICK HERE Murphy thinks the sky’s the limit for Chadwick. He says if Chadwick stays healthy and takes care of his body, he expects big things from him.
During his junior campaign at Marshall in 2019, Chadwick pitched in seven games. In 23 innings, he had a 1-2 record with a 3.04 ERA. He also struck out 45 hitters. He also led the Cardinals at the plate with a .355 average, a home run and 15 RBI.
Chadwick committed to play baseball at West Virginia in August of 2018 so if he is drafted, he will have a decision to make on his baseball future. If Chadwick chooses not to turn pro, he would be draft eligible again in 2023.
In their Spring of 2020 rankings, Perfect Game scouting service had Chadwick ranked as the 109th overall prospect in the country and the #3 prospect in Wisconsin. Prep Baseball Report ranked Chadwick as the 66th overall prospect in the country and #2 in the state of Wisconsin.
The Baseball Prospect Journal says “Chadwick has impressive raw tools that give him plenty of potential moving forward. He has a four-pitch mix, featuring a four-seam fastball, two-seamer, slider and changeup. He throws with little effort from a high three-quarters arm slot and is known for his fastball that reaches 96 mph. Chadwick has the size and big-time fastball scouts seek in a prep pitcher. He also has flashed solid potential with his three off-speed pitches.”
Click the link to hear Marshall High School baseball coach Shane Murphy talk about Tyler Chadwick
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