Chandler Shepherd Named Cape Cod League All-Star;
Kentucky’s Sophomore Righty to Play in Cape Cod League All-Star Game July 27…
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky sophomore right-hander Chandler Shepherd has been named a Cape Cod League All-Star, it was announced by the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League on Saturday afternoon. Shepherd, a native of Louisa, Ky., will play in the CCBL All-Star Game on July 27 at Red Wilson Field. First pitch of the prestigious All-Star game is slated for 4:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox College Sports.
Shepherd – who ranks fourth in the Cape in ERA (0.93) – joins a proud recent tradition of Kentucky stars earning Cape Cod All-Star accolades, joining Trevor Gott (2011), Taylor Rogers (2011), Braden Kapteyn (2010), Chad Wright (2010), Chris Bisson (2009), Keenan Wiley (2008), Collin Cowgill (2007) and Antone DeJesus (2007) as UK’s CCBL All-Stars in the last seven summers.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has dominated the Cape Cod League in his five starts for the Harwich Mariners, where he is teamed with fellow UK standout A.J. Reed. Shepherd has a 2-2 record and a 0.93 ERA in 29 innings, allowing only 16 hits – 12 singles – and seven walks, striking out 27. Shepherd has allowed earned runs (three) in just one start this summer, a quality six-inning outing at Hyannis.
Shepherd opened his summer with 14 consecutive shutout innings and overall, he ranks fourth in the league in ERA (0.93), fifth in strikeouts (27), and 12th in innings pitched (29). Shepherd is one of four Southeastern Conference players to earn Cape Cod All-Star honors, including Vanderbilt outfielder Rhett Wiseman, Alabama pitcher Justin Kamplain and Arkansas southpaw Jalen Beeks. In the last CCBL All-Star game that saw Wildcats, Gott and Rogers turned in a standout performance in the 2011 All-Star Game, played at historic Fenway Park. Rogers earned the starting assignment on the mound and picked up the win, and Gott earned the save with a scoreless ninth, with UK head coach Gary Henderson watching the game in Boston.
The top prospect in the state of Kentucky, turned down an offer from the White Sox as a 41st round draft pick in 2011 to attend UK … Finished his high school career as one of the most decorated pitchers in state history, posting a 40-12 career record with 512 strikeouts in 353 innings … Posted a 12-1 record as a senior with 139 strikeouts in 74.2 innings, owning a 0.65 ERA … Ranks fifth all-time in career wins in the state and second all-time in career strikeouts … The runner-up for Kentucky High School Mr. Baseball and the 2010-11 Tony Curnutte Memorial Sportsman of the Year … Played six years of high school baseball … Set the state record with 46 consecutive scoreless innings pitched … Tossed two no hitters as a senior … Led Lawrence County to the region championship and berth in the State Tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2011 … Had Tommy John surgery in July 2009 with Cincinnati Reds’ team doctor Tim Kremchek performing the surgery …Set school records for batting average, strikeouts, hits, home runs, ERA, wins, shutouts and RBI … Hit .486 in his career with 197 hits … Also played football, basketball, track and golf … Coached by Travis Feltner at Lawrence County High School.
Full name is James Chandler Shepherd … Son of Jimmy and Cindy … Born on Aug. 25, 1992 in Ashland, Ky. … Has a younger sister, Chelsea (15).