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FSU baseball’s Shane Drohan selected in 5th round of 2020 MLB draft

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Drohan becomes Seminoles’ first top-five round southpaw since 2011.

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Shane Drohan got off to as rough a start as possible at FSU, yet still leaves as a top-5 round pick. Despite struggles with command and efficiency, the pure stuff was still good enough for the Red Sox to take the southpaw in the fifth round of the 2020 MLB draft. Drohan became FSU’s first LHP pitcher to be drafted in the top five rounds since Sean Gilmartin was taken in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft.

After rarely seeing time his freshman year, Drohan was a weekend arm for most of his final two seasons at FSU. He lost the spot in 2019 due to continued command and efficiency struggles, but was the Seminoles’ Saturday night starter in 2020. In his last two years in Tallahassee, Drohan posted a 3.76 ERA over 69.1 IP. Despite the struggles with command, he always showed the raw ability to miss bats.

The lefty boasts a true three-pitch mix. The fastball sits in the low 90’s and has been up to 94 with heavy arm-side run. The changeup has flashed plus with real, late fading action. The 12-6 curveball is his out pitch, and he has the ability to throw it to righties and lefties. The efficiency issues make it questionable whether he’ll stick at starter, but he has the arsenal and projectable body of a long-term starting pitcher.