By Bob Behre
On a brutally early January day in New Jersey, Diamond Nation.com brings to you a fresh breath of baseball courtesy of an impressive professional debut by Shawn Semple, a Paul VI (Haddonfield, NJ) grad.
Semple was drafted in the 11th round by the New York Yankees last June and quickly thanked the team’s scouting department with an outstanding summer with the team’s Rookie affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.
Semple, a 6-1, 195-pound righthander, went 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 18 innings of work. He permitted 16 hits and just three runs while striking out 22 and walking just one batter. Figure Semple to begin the 2018 season with the Yankees’ Low-A Charleston team or High-A Tampa squad.
Semple drew the Yankees interest during a strong junior season at the University of New Orleans. The Voorhees, N.J. native went 8-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 15 starts during his team’s 2017 season. He permitted 32 earned runs and struck out 109 and walked just 20 batters in 93.2 innings.
He boasted a career record of 15-12 with a 3.52 ERA in his three seasons at New Orleans. In 39 career college games, 35 of which were starts, Semple allowed just 86 runs in 220 innings while striking out 223 and walking 69.