Thursday December 07, 2017
Former South Burlington High School athlete Theo McDowell is part of the highest-ranked recruiting class in the college’s program history according to West Virginia University (WVU) baseball coach Randy Mazey. McDowell, a member of the 2015 South Burlington Sr. Babe Ruth Championship team, is one of 15 student-athletes in WVU’s class, which is ranked number 28 in the nation by Perfect Game. Mazey remarked, “We have brought in 15 players from 10 different states that all have one common mission, to take Mountaineer baseball to levels it has never seen.”
Coach Mazey describes McDowell as “a 6-5 righty, with an incredibly high ceiling.” He added, “He has a prototypical pitcher frame with a fastball ranging in the high 80s to low 90s. Theo throws from a lower arm slot, which creates run and sink on his plus fastball. Theo also displays a devastating frisbee-like slider that is very difficult for hitters. He is a multi-sport athlete who has played and succeeded at the highest levels in hockey and baseball.”
McDowell reported, “I decided to attend WVU because it was an organization and an institution that excited me. WVU was one of the first schools I toured, and I ended up coming back to tour for a second time. The coaching staff made me feel at home and I had a chance to meet some of the players who welcomed me to the family with open arms.”
A two-time Western New England Prep Baseball League All-Star, McDowell was named to the New England Class of 2018 Top 15 Players and was an athlete of the year finalist as a freshman. He also plays hockey, where he is a two-time league champion and a state finalist in 2015. McDowell is the top-ranked player in the state of Vermont by Perfect Game.
“Theo’s athleticism, arm strength and competitiveness will allow him to make an immediate impact,” said WVU Coach Mazey.