Michael Limoncelli, a prep right-handed pitcher from New York, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a tear in his right pitching elbow.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound hurler was one of the top prep arms in this year’s MLB draft class and was a potential top-five round pick.
He likely will honor his commitment to Coastal Carolina and reenter the draft in three years in 2022. The recovery process is anywhere from six to 12 months, meaning he likely will have to redshirt his freshman season.
Limoncelli throws a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, circle changeup and curveball from an easy delivery and high three-quarter arm slot.
The Star-Gazette in Elmira, New York first reported the news.
Dan Zielinski III has covered the MLB draft for four years. He’s interviewed 133 of the top draft prospects in that period, including three No. 1 overall picks. Multiple publications, including Baseball America, USA Today and The Arizona Republic, have quoted his work, while he’s appeared on radio stations as a “MLB draft expert.” Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.