LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Former Seaman High School star Ryan Zeferjahn is primed for a big year with the Kansas Jayhawks.
Zeferjahn had a terrific start to the 2018 season. In his first start of the year, he had eight strikeouts (just one off his career high). In addition to picking up the win, he lit up the radar gun. The sophomore pitcher reached 98 MPH multiple times.
"Zeferjahn has a tremendous arm," said Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price.
The Topeka native pitched in 18 games his freshman year, finishing with four wins and a 6.19 ERA.
"It was just a lot different switching from high school to college. So it just sped up on me a little bit. I think that this year I'm going to slow it down a little bit and be a lot better, " said Zeferjahn.
Zeferjahn has been working on his mechanics and off-speed pitches.
"I think my mechanics have gone really well and I feel like I've just matured since last year," said Zeferjahn. "I mean it was a rough start last year, but I think I am ready for this year."
"His mechanics are finally better, I'm not embarrassed when I watch him pitch. It's nice to see him improve his mechanics. He's improved his breaking ball," said Price.
For Zeferjahn to take the next step his coach wants him to be tougher on the mound and show more grit.
"He's almost too nice a kid. One of those 3.8 small town Kansas boys, as nice as anybody you met," said Price. "I'd like him to be more of a bulldog. He's had a good fall. I think you'll be impressed."
"It's a little motivation when he says that, but just knowing that I am better than I was last year gives me a little grit to go out there and do a lot better this year," said Zeferjahn.