IP 19
ERA 6.632
WHIP 1.526
BB/9 2.842
SO/9 8.053
  • Full name James Chandler Shepherd
  • Born 08/25/1992 in Ashland, KY
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 215 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Kentucky
  • Debut 08/13/2019
  • Drafted in the 13th round (404th overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2014.
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    Shepherd, who was a five-sport letterman in high school, set a Kentucky high school record for consecutive scoreless innings (46) as a sophomore before Tommy John surgery as a junior. He has been a consistent performer in the summers as a collegian, ranking as the top prospect in the Perfect Game Collegiate League following his freshman year and earning all-star distinction in the Cape Cod League last summer. But after he began the year in the Kentucky rotation he moved to the bullpen, and he doesn't have any consistent plus offerings. Shepherd, who has touched 94 mph in short stints, has a quick arm and hides the ball well and mostly works at 88-91 from an easy delivery, getting natural arm-side run to his fastball. He offers a four-pitch mix. His top secondary offering is a curveball that flashes above-average. Both his slider and changeup show average potential. He commands his fastball better than his secondary stuff. The athletic 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has a toned body with room to get stronger.

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