Texas closer Chase Shugart, (24) celebrates a 3-2 win over Indiana with Andy McGuire and Blair Henley during an NCAA regional game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on June 3, 2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Not long after teammate Nolan Kingham, Chase Shugart taken off MLB’s draft board by Boston

Posted June 6th, 2018

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Like teammate Nolan Kingham, Texas junior Chase Shugart didn’t have to wait long on Wednesday to get a call from the major leagues.

Shugart has been selected by Boston in the 12th round of the MLB Draft. The Red Sox used the draft’s 370th overall pick on Shugart. Eighteen picks earlier, Atlanta used its turn in the 12th round to take Kingham.

Shugart spent his first two years of college as a reliever, but he has been used as UT’s No. 2 starter throughout much of this season. With his extended workload, Shugart has gone 5-3 with a 4.36 ERA. He has struck out 58 batters while issuing 35 walks in 84 2/3 innings. Shugart can throw a fastball, change-up, curveball and slider.

To open UT’s run in the NCAA tournament, Shugart threw six shutout innings against Texas Southern on June 1. Two days later, Shugart picked up a save in a regional-clinching win. Against the Hoosiers, Shugart struck out the two batters he faced after inheriting a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning.

Shugart will have until July 6 to decide if he wants to sign with the Red Sox or return to Texas for his senior year.

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