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Miami Hurricanes pitcher Daniel Federman signed with the Baltimore Orioles as an undrafted free agent on Wednesday.
Federman, a Pembroke Pines native and Archbishop McCarthy High alumnus, was ranked as the No. 490 prospect by Prospects Live heading into the 20-round 2021 MLB draft, which took place from Sunday through Tuesday.
During the 2021 season, Federman only allowed four earned runs across 23 2/3 innings for a 1.52 ERA as a reliever and recorded 14 strikeouts in his 16 relief appearances. He had a 4.08 ERA — 21 earned runs across 46 1/3 total innings (21 games) — he pitched this past season.
The right-handed pitcher had a 3.13 ERA across 86 appearances (163 2/3 innings pitched) during his four seasons with UM, recording 164 strikeouts against only 52 walks and holding opponents to a .234 batting average. He earned Freshman All-America honors in 2018 after posting a 2.25 ERA across 60 innings.
Federman, along with UM first baseman Alex Toral, were players Miami coach Gino DiMare expected to forego the extra season of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic and sign with pro teams over the summer regardless of if they were drafted this year.
Prospects Live ranked Toral, also an Archbishop McCarthy grad, at No. 328 ahead of the draft.
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Toral hit the second-most home runs in program history with 24 during the 2019 season to go along with a .293 batting average and .656 slugging percentage across 215 at-bats (61 games), but his production dipped to a .264 batting average and a .436 slugging percentage in 2021.
“They do want to sign, and that’s OK,” DiMare said ahead the draft. “We didn’t expect these guys to be back for their fourth year. Remember, the COVID year was their junior years. From all accounts, you would think that would be the year that those guys signed.”
The Padres drafted as a catcher Vilar despite him mainly playing second base and shortstop with the Hurricanes.
Castillo, Smith and Vilar all have the option to return to UM next year with the hopes of improving their chances of being selected higher in the 2022 draft.
The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Calvary Christian High star pitcher and Hurricanes signee Irv Carter in the fifth round with the No. 152 pick. Carter told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that he’ll forego his commitment to UM and will sign with Toronto.