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Amsterdam's Shepherd and McCord Split Top Prospect Awards

By: John McGraw
Chandler Shepherd (left) and Rocky McCord (right). Photos courtesy The-Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo
Starting pitchers Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) and Rocky McCord (Auburn) helped lead the Amsterdam Mohawks to the 2012 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League championship. Both pitchers made the All-PGCBL first team and were selected to the PGCBL Rising Stars squad. Tuesday, Shepherd and McCord added to the Mohawks’ magical season with two more individual accolades. Shepherd was named the PGCBL’s Top Prospect by Baseball America while McCord has been tapped as the Top 2012 PGCBL Prospect by Perfect Game USA.

The Perfect Game USA prospect list, consisting of 30 players, can be found here. The Baseball America prospect list, when released, can be found here.

Chandler Shepherd, a rising sophomore from the University of Kentucky, was the 2012 PGCBL Pitcher of the Year. Shepherd was lauded as a first team Summer Collegiate All-American by Perfect Game USA. In addition, he was selected to the All-PGCBL first team and the PGCBL Rising Stars team. Shepherd was the starting pitcher for Team Griffin in the 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game at Shuttleworth Park.

The Louisa, Ky., native led the PGCBL in opponents’ batting average (.154) and tied for the league lead in victories (seven) and earned run average (1.31). He finished second in the circuit in innings pitched (55.0) and tied for fifth in strikeouts (50). During the regular season, Shepherd went 7-0 in eight starts with a 1.31 earned run average. His ERA never rose above 1.35 between his first start on June 10 and the final day of the regular season, August 1. Shepherd logged at least five innings in all eight regular season starts and did not allow an earned run in five of those games.

Shepherd was a 41st-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. While attending Lawrence County High School, he was labeled as the top professional prospect in the state of Kentucky by 

Rocky McCord, a rising sophomore at Auburn University, was a first team All-PGCBL selection. McCord was also named to the PGCBL’s Rising Stars team. He was one of 11 Amsterdam Mohawks picked to play on Team Griffin in the 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game. McCord was Amsterdam’s Opening Day starter and he was the starting pitcher for the first game of Amsterdam’s opening round playoff series against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs.

The Spanish Fort, Ala., native made eight starts during the 2012 regular season. He went 4-0 with a 1.71 earned run average. McCord struck out 50 and walked 16 in 47.1 innings. He finished third in the league in ERA and OBA (.180) and tied for fifth in strikeouts. The Auburn righty yielded just 29 hits and he was one of two Amsterdam starters that did not allow a home run. He logged at least five innings in all eight starts and twice reached double figures in strikeouts.

McCord was taken by the Minnesota Twins in the 39th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He ended his prep career at Spanish Fort High School with back-to-back Alabama 5A state championships and two Alabama 5A first team All-State selections. McCord was a 2011 Medium School All-American.

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