The Toronto Nomads, who missed out on a first round pick in last year’s entry draft, have selected Washington State Cougars ace Keeley Sewell in the first round of the 2018 Bull League draft.
The 21-year-old right-hander was dominant in the PAC-12 Conference, crafting an ERA of 1.87 to lead pitchers in the conference this year. He fanned 105 batters through the season, putting him behind only T.J. Burlingame of USC, who tallied 112.
Sewell, a hard-throwing power pitcher, originally from Redlands, California, finished 3rd in Pitcher of the Year voting and earned a trip to the college All-Star Game. He was also named Pitcher of the Month for March.
Of his 12 starts during the season he registered 9 quality starts, including a dominating complete game loss against Oregon Ducks back on April 8th in which he allowed just 2 runs on 3 hits and fanned 12 batters and was named Player of the Game, despite registering his second losing decision of the season.
He broke the 10 strikeout plateau five times this season. In addition to the loss against Oregon, he fanned 11 batters each against USC and Texas A&M, took down 12 against Ole Miss, then registered a career-best 14 K’s in a 7.2 inning winning effort over Arkansas.
The Nomads were said to be particularly interested in teaming Sewell up with Killam Cyclones pitching coach Jared Munson, a power-focused coach hired this spring by Toronto to replace Nick Allen. The Nomads have not been shy about their focus on dominating pitchers lately, and seem intent on stocking their prospect pool with hard-throwing young guns as part of an overall organizational strategy favoring pitching.
Sewell is expected to report to Short Season A Killam shortly.