CCSN pitcher anxiously awaits call

Anyone who has been on a blind date can relate to what Colby Shreve will go through today.

Shreve, a freshman pitcher at the Community College of Southern Nevada, is anxiously awaiting the major league draft. He's going into it with optimism but also knows he might end up disappointed.

"The draft is so hectic, you really don't know what's going to happen," he said. "It's going to be crazy."

Baseball America ranks Shreve the nation's 165th-best prospect, and he could be the first junior-college player picked.

The first player selected from Las Vegas probably will be Bishop Gorman High School's Taylor Cole, a pitcher and shortstop. Cole is listed as a top-100 prospect.

The first round begins at 11 a.m., and ESPN2 will televise it. Five rounds are scheduled for today, with the remaining 45 rounds on Friday.

Shreve was discouraged after last year's draft. The Bonanza High graduate never got the call he expected.

He had committed to UNLV but decided to attend CCSN with plans to improve his stock and go back into the draft.

"Not being drafted definitely motivated me last summer to prove people wrong," Shreve said. "I knew I was close, and I just needed a year or two."

A 6-foot-4-inch right-hander, Shreve went 5-2 with a 2.78 ERA for the Coyotes. He became more of a power pitcher with 59 strikeouts in 58 innings.

As a high school senior, Shreve's fastball hit the middle to high 80-mph range. His velocity increased to the low 90s this past season. He said he developed arm strength by working in "The Box," a resistance-training machine developed by a local chiropractor and used by all of CCSN's pitchers.

"Last summer, I pretty much worked by butt off," he said.

Coyotes coach Tim Chambers said he would be "completely shocked" if Shreve does not go in the first five rounds today.

"I've got him in the top two or three prospects ever to come though here," Chambers said. "I've had three or four teams tell me they've got him in the third or fourth round. But that could always change.

"His makeup is off the charts. He's a good student, and he's a good kid off the field."

There is a chance Shreve could return to junior college.

"I would like to go play pro ball, but then again, if the draft doesn't work out, I love it at CCSN," he said.

Coyotes freshman right-hander Chad Robinson recently signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. Robinson, from Silverado High, was a 12th-round pick by the Brewers last year.