Opening Day Banner



Paul Sewald, 22, was selected by the Mets in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB Draft as a senior out of the University of San Diego. His 18-year-old brother John went in the 34th round to the Orioles. While the two are separated by just enough age that they have never played together in a sanctioned game, Paul and John could potentially face each other somewhere down the line, as they pursue their dreams of playing in the majors.

“It was a pretty cool couple of days for my family and me,” Sewald recalled, “My brother would have been drafted higher had it not been for his asking price to forgo playing at Arizona State. It would have been really cool to see my little brother drafted even higher than me. But, either way, it was great to see him drafted.”

Sewald said he was at home hanging around his computer on the day of the draft. “I was just waiting to hear my name,” said the right-handed pitcher, “I was pretty excited to go in the top 10 [rounds] – and [being selected] by the Mets was great. I was very happy about it.”

And the next day, John, an outfielder, was drafted out of high school by the Orioles – making the Sewalds the only set of brothers selected this past June. But, it is not too uncommon for brothers to be selected in the same draft. Trent and Shane Boras (sons of agent Scott Boras) were both drafted last year, and Bryce and Brian Harper in 2010.

Paul and John do have the distinction, however, of combined having led their alma mater, Bishop Gorman High School, to seven straight state titles.

“My sophomore year was the first time in 52 years of school history that we won the baseball state title,” Sewald said. “And then after that we’ve won six more in a row. So my brother or I have been on all seven.”

Being four years apart, Paul said he and John are very close. “We used to be really competitive growing up – normal kid stuff. He could never beat me at anything though, since I was older. But now, we don’t try to outdo each other, just show support. I couldn’t be more proud as an older brother.”

John will begin his college career at Arizona State University this fall, while Paul just completed his senior year at the University of San Diego. In his final season with the Toreros, Sewald posted an overall record of 8-4, while bolstering an ERA of 3.09. He recorded a team-leading and career-high 75 strikeouts, while only issuing 27 walks and holding opponents to a .234 batting average. In West Coast Conference action, Sewald posted a record of 6-2, and had an ERA of 3.51 en route to a first-team All-WCC distinction.

In 13 games for the Cyclones this season, Sewald has thrown 22.2 innings and compiled four saves. He did not give up a run in his first 12 appearances. After pitching on August 18th in Vermont against the Lake Monsters, Sewald has allowed a total of two earned runs off 16 hits with two walks and 26 strikeo

uts. Sewald throws a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a slider, and a changeup. “My goal is to throw all four of those pitches for strikes,” he said. “Valdez preaches for us to throw strikes. If you’re not walking guys, it makes things much easier. I want to be able to get swinging strikes out of the zone too. There are guys in the majors who can throw 100 mph, but if you throw what they’re looking for, it’s going to get smashed.”

Sewald continued, “I don’t have ‘blow-away’ velocity. I have to hit the corners and stuff. I’ve been doing a really good job of that so far. That’s what’s been leading to my success.”

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
February 2007
Coney Island Parking
Community Partners