No one is sweating in the Schiraldi household these days.
Nope, the aces-wild full-house in Austin is as a calm and in control as a pitcher on the mound with an 0-2 count and a 94 mph fastball in his pocket.
That’s the way it is for Navarro College ace Lukas Schiraldi, who is waiting to find out just where he will land in the Major League Draft that began Thursday and continues through the weekend. Schiraldi is projected to be chosen anywhere from the third round to the 10th round.
“I’m not too worried about it. Whatever happens, happens,’’ said Schiraldi, who has already accepted a scholarship to the University of Texas.
“It’s not bad going to Texas,’’ he said casually.
Going to UT sure didn’t hurt Schiraldi’s dad, Calvin, who along with Roger Clemens, helped lead the Longhorns to the 1983 NCAA national title. Calvin was drafted in the first round, and both father and son know that a big year or two with the Longhorns might send Lukas to first-round status.
Lukas said his father is there to help him make his decision and when he is drafted that it will be a “family decision.’’ But for now, the Schiraldi family is waiting calmly.
No need to get up in the bullpen just yet.
“He hasn’t said anything ground-breaking,’’ Lukas said. “Just stick to your guns and know that everything is going to work out and it will happen eventually. No matter what happens it will be all right.’’
It has already been a big week for Schiraldi, who was named to the first-team NJCAA Division I All-American team on Wednesday. He’s coming off an incredible season in which he helped lead Navarro to the College World Series. Schiraldi was perfect in the regular season, going 10-0 with a 1.80 ERA.
“It was a great honor,’’ Schiraldi said of becoming an All-American. “I was a little surprised. It’s a very cool honor to have.’’
Every big league scout who saw him pitch watched the power right-hander get better and better.
“There are a bunch of teams on him,’’ Navarro coach Whoa Dill said. “The Astros, the Rangers, the Brewers, the Phillies really like him, there’s a bunch.’’
There’s a lot to like.
“He’s got a strong arm and he’s 6-6 with a big body and a ceiling as high as you can go,’’ Dill said. “He didn’t pitch until he was 17 because his dad wouldn’t let him, and he has really gotten better and better. His fastball was at 87-89 when he was a freshman and this year he was throwing it at 91 to 94 and touching 95. His mechanics got better and he’s gotten stronger.’’
Schiraldi gives Dill a lot of credit for his rise.
“It was just working with Whoa, working on my mechanics and smoothing things out,’’ Schiraldi said. “Coming in I was throwing over the top like Iron Mike and Whoa moved my arm angle out to three-quarters. That’s when I got more velocity.’’
His fastball coupled with his calm demeanor on the mound, not to mention his strong pedigree, all make Schiraldi a pitcher big league clubs would love to have. But he has a pitch no one has seen — at least metaphorically. That’s Schiraldi’s best pitch — the unknown factor of just how good he might become.
“Because he didn’t pitch until he was 17, he’s got a fresh arm,’’ Dill said. “And his body is getting a lot stronger.’’
“He’s got a big league changeup,’’ Dill said. “If his breaking ball was better he would be projected to go in the first through third rounds. He’s strong and he’s smart, and his demeanor is very calm. He’s unbelievable. He’s very humble. He was raised right. His parents did a great job.’’
And he’s not in a hurry.
Schiraldi has a 3.67 GPA and he grew up a Longhorn fan. If the money isn’t right he could easily opt for Texas, where he would be paired with former Navarro coach Skip Johnson, a renowned pitching coach in his own right.
The Longhorn Nation would embrace him, and he would have a chance to improve his curveball and raise his stock with every breaking ball.
“When you’re pitching you’re not thinking about that,’’ Schiraldi said. “You’re just worried about helping the team win.’’
But as the draft unfolds, it’s obvious Schiraldi is ahead in the count in what appears to be the ultimate win-win situation.
That’s why no one is worried or fretting in the Schiraldi household.
“We’re just going to see what happens,’’ Schiraldi said.
No one is sweating in the Schiraldi household these days.
Area schedule for the week
Here's a look at this week's schedule for Golden Ciircle teams and Navarro College. The schedule does not include upcoming bi-district playoff games in softball because times and sites have yet to be determined.
GC Baseball/Softball: Blooming Grove sweeps Rice in baseball and softball
Blooming Grove's Lions needed this one.
Heck, they need all of them.
That's where they're living today on the Blooming Grove diamond, where everyone knew going into Friday's game with Rice that the Lions need to win their final three games to have a chance of nailing down the final playoff spot in District 23-2A.
One down, two to go.
“It's in our hands,'' said Blooming Grove Coach Matt Anderson moments after his kids beat Rice 8-0 Friday night. “As long as we take care of our business we'll be fine.''
GC Softball/Baseball Roundup: Frost girls win district title
Frost's Lady Polar Bears needed to win to nail down the district title and they never trailed, jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 clinching victory over Itasca Friday on the road. They wrapped up their second district title in a row with a 9-1 record and enter the playoffs next week at 13-1.
CHS Baseball/Softball: Whitehouse sweeps Tigers in baseball and softball
The Tigers lost a tough game to Whitehouse, 11-3 as the Wildcats' ace, Pat Mahomes, who went four innings and gave up all three runs on two hits and five walks
GC Basketball/Baseball: Mildred's Connor Hill sees life clearly
There was never any doubt for Connor Hill, never any question about what he would do or how he would do it.
Sure, there was that meeting with his mother and father and talks with the doctor when he was 10, talks and meetings that came accompanied with worry and concern.
But never from Connor.
He just never dwelled on the fact he played sports with one eye. He didn't worry or talk about it when he was 10 and he never talked about it at Mildred High, where Hill emerged as a star on the basketball court and baseball diamond.
GC Track & Field: Roundup — Frost girls win area meet
The Frost Lady Polar Bears made a shambles of their district track & field meet last week, scoring 206 points, and they were dominate again in the area meet Thursday, scoring 162 points to win the meet at Blooming Grove.
Morgan:The new endangered species
Am I just that old, or have amateur athletics gone absolutely nuts these days? On second thought, don’t answer that unless it’s yes to the nuts part.
High School and college basketball are on the verge of being totally ruined by AAU basketball. Top roundball prospects are identified by the junior high level if not earlier.
GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup
Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second
GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road
Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.
CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams
That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.
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