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2012 Mohawks Ace Shepherd ready to take next step at UK

Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) pitching for the PGCBL's Amsterdam Mohawks in 2012. Photo courtesy Gloversville Leader-Herald

From Cat Scratches, the Official Blog of UK Athletics
By Brett Ingram

A year ago, Kentucky right-hander Chandler Shepherd (Amsterdam 2012) did a little bit of everything.

Shepherd, a native of Louisa, Ky., was a late-inning reliever, a midweek starter, a long-relief man and UK's primary set-up man as a sophomore.

All told, Shepherd appeared in 26 games, owning a sparkling 5-0 record and a club-best 2.77 ERA. He pitched when it mattered to UK and coach Gary Henderson, whether that was in the second inning of a Saturday game, the middle innings of a tight game, or the eighth and ninth innings of a series opener.

"I knew that was an important role," Shepherd said. "Everyone knows that. I really enjoyed filling that role. The way that I am, I like pitching when the game matters. I like being in the game in important situations. I got in a routine where I was used to pitching on back-to-back days or every other day. It worked out great. It is just as important a role as starting."

Now entering his junior season, Shepherd is primed for a full-time role as a weekend starter in what could be one of the top rotations in college baseball. In the preseason, Shepherd was one of three UK standouts on the Baseball America listing of the top 100 draft-eligible players in the NCAA, checking in at No. 70.

After a season as a go-to reliever and a freshman campaign as a primary midweek starter, Shepherd is ready to shift back into a role that involves his name on a starting lineup card.

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