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Smithsburg Alum, Coastal Carolina's Josh Conway selected by Cubs

Smithsburg Alum and Coastal Carolina Pitcher Josh Conway is selected as the 134th pick in the 4th round of the MLB Draft to the Chicago Cubs.
Smithsburg Alum and Coastal Carolina Pitcher Josh Conway is selected as the 134th pick in the 4th round of the MLB Draft to the Chicago Cubs.

According to MLB's Draft Page, In the smaller Big South Conference, Coastal Carolina has built a pretty good program that saw four players get drafted and sign in 2011. This year, it could have been Conway's turn before an elbow injury ended his season and required Tommy John surgery.

Once a two-way player, Conway gave up hitting completely to focus on the mound in 2012 and it was paying off. Coastal Carolina's Friday starter, he's a bit of an undersized right-hander, but one with a pretty good three-pitch mix. A good athlete on the mound, he throws a fastball, slider and changeup, all of which have the chance to be solid average offerings.

Without truly overpowering stuff, he'll have to continue to improve his command and keep hitters off-balance. Pre-injury, he had the chance to join teammate Anthony Meo as a fairly early Draft pick. Now a team will have to be willing to draft him and let him rehab under its watchful eye.

Conway tells WHAG Sports, "It just makes you proud.  A lot of people have been rooting me on and I can't thank people enough for that.  I had to get Tommy John, but it is what it is and I just have to stay positive through the whole thing.  I was fortunate enough to get picked up by a great organization.  And the next step is to focus on rehab."
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