College | Story | 4/11/2021

College Reports: April 10

Jheremy Brown         Brian Sakowski        
Photo: Emmet Sheehan (BC Athletics)
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College Reports: April 9

Players Covered:
Emmet Sheehan (Boston College), Evan Justice (NC State), Sam Highfill (NC State), Seth Lonsway (Ohio State), Cameron Weston (Michigan)

Emmet Sheehan, RHP, Boston College

Fellow rotation-mate Mason Pelio entered the spring with a good bit more publicity, though Sheehan was squarely on the draft radar, and through the first half of the spring he’s put together the better season of the two in nearly every quantifiable category. Not nearly as physical as Pelio at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, Sheehan has more of a wiry-strong frame with some present build to him and still has some room to fill out when he moves on to the next level.

With just 28 1/3 collegiate innings under his belt heading into the 2021 spring, Sheehan is still continuing to refine some things though his overall command has taken noticeable leaps, as has his ability to miss bats as he continues to blow past his previous career bests. Following Saturday’s 6 1/3 inning start against NC State in which he struck out 6 and walked 4 (two came late in the outing), Sheehan has amassed 46 1/3 innings this spring with 59 strikeouts while limiting opponents to a .229 batting average against. 

The arm speed is the first thing that stood out after a single pitch in the first inning, staying compact through the back and though there’s some late acceleration, he continued to pump the strike zone from start to finish and more than once climbed back to record the out when down early in the count. Sheehan’s fastball worked comfortably in the 91-94 mph range in the first inning and he quickly established the upper-half of the strike zone with his fastball, challenging and beating some of NC State’s better bats as he racked up the swings and misses with his fastball. While he’d throttle back the velocity to the lower end of his range on the day, the Connecticut native still showed he had whatever he needed in the tank as he bumped 95 in the fourth and continues to work in the low-90s, getting 93 in on the hands in his final inning of work.

Much like Pelio, the changeup was his most trusted secondary pitch and the consistency of it continued to sharpen throughout the start, showing arguably his two best on back-to-back pitches against the scorching hot Terrell Tatum, pulling the string for a pair of swings and misses in the sixth. The pitch itself worked in the 77-80 mph range with a similar release to that of his fastball, albeit without some of that aforementioned late acceleration but was pretty consistent in terms of turning it over and getting that late fading life. The curveball worked anywhere from 72 to 76 mph and offered occasional downward bite to it, though it was clearly his third pitch on the day as it was a heavy dose of fastball-changeup.

While teammates Sal Frelick, Cody Morissette and Mason Pelio are the three names with the biggest buzz heading into the spring, Sheehan’s name needs to be included as BC has four names to know for this July’s upcoming MLB Draft. 

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