Coastal Carolina Sends Another Pitcher to the Royals This Summer
As part of seven sophomore pitchers that the Winchester Royals are bringing in this summer, Shaddon Peavyhouse is quite possibly the most eager to step on the mound and make an immediate impact.
“I wanted to go to a league that is going to make me better,” Peavyhouse said. “I’m still learning how to pitch because in high school I didn’t really pitch.”
Peavyhouse was initially recruited to Coastal Carolina University to be a two-way player (SS/RHP). Upon arriving to the Chanticleers, he shed that label and stuck exclusively to pitching, despite his inexperience at the position.
“[Coastal] wanted me to focus on pitching and see how much I progressed. I started pitching more this year so I’m developing more pitches,” said Peavyhouse.
As a senior at Unicoi County High School, Peavyhouse started tailor his game more to pitching, but not much. He threw about 10 innings, while still thriving as a shortstop (.374 batting average, 33 RBI).
This versatility earned Peavyhouse to be named Tennessee’s 31st best prospect (high school and college) by Baseball America upon graduation. He ended his high school career being named Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year, earning first team all-conference and region selections and Johnson City Press Super 22 Team.
From a pitching standpoint, his potential is through the roof. More experience would be ideal, but pitching at an athletically acclaimed school like Coastal Carolina will surely give Peavyhouse tons of confidence when he makes the trip to Northern Virginia in a couple months.
“[This season] is going great. My role on the team right now is a reliever. I come in towards the end of the game,” Peavyhouse said.
The right-hander is also teammates with Anthony Simonelli, a Winchester native and another player coming to the Royals this season. The starter-reliever combination of these two is a legitimate thought as the summer season progresses.
“Simo has been throwing really well. I also wanted to go [to the Royals] with my teammate. The Royals are a great fit,” Peavyhouse said.
Peavyhouse has appeared in nine games for the nationally-ranked Chanticleers this season. He holds a 1-2 record with a 3.31 ERA, having saved one game. Of the 12 runs he has given up, only six were earned, and he tallied 23 strikeouts across 16.1 innings pitched.
The goal is simple for Peavyhouse this summer.
“I’m just trying to get more experience on the mound because I’m new to this. Get more innings in and have a good summer.”