Shepard had been playing with the North Shore Navigators of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League at the time of his signing. In one appearance he earned a win after tossing two innings of scoreless relief.
“We’re ecstatic for Kyle and his opportunity,” said Navigators general manager Bill Terlecky in a press release. “We wish him nothing but the best, and hope one day we’ll see him pitching in Wrigley Field.”
At Stonehill he compiled a 5-2 record with a 4.19 ERA, striking out 59 batters over 53 2/3 innings.
Shepard graduated from Masconomet Regional High School in 2008 where he went 7-1 as a senior and was named Cape Ann League All-Star, Team MVP and Salem News All-Star.
His brother Brendan was the first Stonehill baseball player to ever get drafted when the Boston Red Sox selected him in the 28th round a year ago.
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