Trey McLoughlin selected by New York Mets in MLB draft

Trey McLoughlin is Fairfield's all-time leader with 9.11 strikeouts per nine innings.

Trey McLoughlin is Fairfield’s all-time leader with 9.11 strikeouts per nine innings.

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Trey McLoughlin was sitting in host family Scott and Michelle McGann’s basement in Falmouth (Mass.) when he received the call from the New York Mets. It was 1:32 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13. The Shelton and Fairfield University right-handed pitching standout had been selected in the 16th round of the MLB draft.

“I called my folks. It was a whirlwind of emotion. I had the initial feeling that I did it. At the same time, I knew I hadn’t done anything. It all begins now,” said McLoughlin, who had been contacted before the draft by the Mets and the Seattle Mariners.

“It was John Kosciak, a New York Met scout on the phone,” said the 6-foot-2, 210-pound McLoughlin who is Fairfield’s all time leader with 9.11 strikeouts per nine innings. “I had been locked in watching the MLB Draft tracker from the 10th round on. I knew I had put in the work in. It was out of my control at that point.”

McLoughlin ran up the stairs and the McGanns were waiting for him to celebrate.

“They are my second family. They were right there to congratulate me and to celebrate,” McLoughlin said of the McGann’s, who took him in while he pitched for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod Summer League for the first time. “From the minute I got there until the day I left, they treated me as part of their family. It is a summer I will never forget.”

McLoughlin pitched 14 innings for Falmouth, where he picked the brains of teammates and coaches.

“Everyone on team was pretty much from a Power 5 school,” he said. “I learned everything I could. Tommy Sommer from Indiana (left-handed pitcher) was drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox.”

Starts and stops

McLoughlin lost the 2020 season to the COVID-19 pandemic. This season he missed time with shoulder bursitis. Snakebit? “It was tough to be on the sidelines for two weeks,” McLoughlin said. “All I could do was continue to be there for my team. My coaches and trainers at Fairfield did a great job of keeping things in check. With the season we had (37-3, best in Division I) and with everyone on the team buying in, it was awesome to be part of it all. I was there at the beginning and I was there at the end.”

McLoughlin pitched 6.1 innings against No. 21 Arizona State in his first career NCAA Regional game in Austin (TX). The Wildcats scored two in the ninth to win 7-6.

Strikeout success

“This year I felt great with my breaking ball. I’ve been getting swings and misses out of the zone. Then catching them off guard in the zone at any count,” McLoughlin said. “My fastball is back to normal (up to 93). My third pitch is a changeup, 7-8 MPH difference from the same arm slot.”

Meet the Mets

McLoughlin flew on Friday to Port St. Lucie (Fla.) and Clover Field, the Mets’ Minor League complex. After taking physicals, all the players spent Saturday and Sunday in quarantine.

“Monday was the first day going through the routine of playing pro ball,” he said. “We met in groups with different coaches. They told the pitchers that they would get us on the mound this coming week. We were told we would be here a month and then they will send us out.”

Nice to meet you

McLoughlin’s roommate in an area hotel is Justin Guerrera, a Fairfield University teammate and shortstop taken by the Mets in the 20th round.

McLoughlin said: “He text me when I got picked and four rounds later, he got a call from me. I’ve known Justin since we were 12 playing travel ball. It’s amazing we are still on the same path together.”

Coach speaks up

"Trey is one of the hardest workers on the team each year he has been with the us," Fairfield coach Bill Currier said in a statement released on Fairfieldstags.com. "His maturity and physical presences on the mound has jumped to another level over the past two years…I'm very excited for him and his family who have supported his journey through amateur baseball and now have a professional baseball player in the family."

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