College Baseball Daily kicks off our countdown to the start of the 2014 College Baseball season by checking in on the top 100 players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today at number 82 with University of Texas RHP Lukas Schiraldi. Before fully committing to the Longhorns staff, Schiraldi pitched at Navarro College where he dominated the Region XIV Athletic Conference in the NJCAA. Son of former Longhorn ace Calvin Schiraldi, Lukas has followed in his father’s footsteps and looks forward to potentially playing as a career. During his sophomore season with the Bulldogs, Schiraldi went 9-2 with a 2.84 ERA. In 76 IP the righty was able to strikeout 67 and quickly became a player to watch.
After his successful spring season, the right-hander entered the summer ready to play for the Chatham Anglers in the prominent Cape Cod League. He won the BFC Whitehouse Outstanding Pitcher Award for the Cape’s most outstanding pitcher and led the league with a 1.20 ERA and had 33 strikeouts in 44.2 regular-season innings. Schiraldi also threw six shutout innings in his only playoff start for the Anglers.
As Schiraldi begins his career with the Longhorns he realizes that he has big shoes to fill but looks forward to bringing another National Championship to Austin just like his father did in 1983.