Former Herd Catcher Kevin Shackelford on the Brink of Being MLB Pitcher|
March 6, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va-- Former Herd catcher Kevin Shackelford is on the brink of making it into the big leagues- as a pitcher.
The Charlotte, N.C., native made the change from catcher to pitcher during his junior year at Marshall, after the Marshall coaching staff had witnessed some impromptu bullpen sessions out of Shackelford.
Former Marshall pitcher Dan Straily (currently with the Oakland A's organization) was the first Herd alumnus to make headlines for his hurling. After the 1st round selection of right-hander Aaron Blair (36th overall pick- Arizona Diamondbacks) last spring, the program continues to gain recognition for its ability to produce MLB-caliber arms.
Shackelford seems to be proving that right, after being named to the Milwaukee Brewers' 40-man roster this offseason.
MLB.com writer Adam McCalvy discusses Shackelford's transition and journey from catcher to possible prospect to potentially breaking into the major leagues.